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[27 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]

Scientists have revealed one of the reasons why some folks are less religious than others: They think more analytically, rather than going with their gut. And thinking analytically can cause religious belief to wane — for skeptics and true believers …

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[27 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

By his reckoning we should all move to Michigan, which outranked IL on the BEES index because it was even more bankrupt, coming back from a lower bottom. Granted, back in November auto sales pulled them into growth, but as taxpayers, how can we forget …

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[26 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

Washington Post policy blogger Ezra Klein today takes a thoughtful look at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Infrastructure Trust, and tries to answer the $7 billion question: Will Chicago taxpayers end up taking a hit in the pocketbook? 
The trust has a lot …

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[26 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

* Heh…
The Illinois House today gave final passage to a bill that will prevent schools from conducting those brief first and last school days of the year and counting them as full days.
A short time later, the House adjourned for the week, having…

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[26 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

Derrick Smith
The Illinois House committee weighing sanctions against indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith won’t be hearing from a key source: U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
The House Special Investigating Committee looking into sanctions against…

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[26 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

* Subscribers were told about this earlier today…
Though he supports the move, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday he believes a plan to jack the state’s cigarette tax will have trouble passing.
“I would support an i…

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[26 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

The putative success of President Barack Obama’s (D) second term – or Mitt Romney’s (R) first term – is predicated on an arcane and obscure measurement concocted by Washington political insiders called the “recovery and retention rate” – “R&RR.”
It’s sort of like NFL statistics focusing on takeaways, fumble recoveries, points allowed and points scored. If, in 2012, Republicans retain their U.S. House majority, and recover the Senate, then Obamacare will be repealed. Conversely, if Democrats …

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[26 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

And some neighborhood vigilance. A persistent accuser and victim searched the net and connected the dots, but the personal cost has been considerable.Jicheng “Kevin” Liu was a prolific burglar with a mean streak who cyberstalked anyone who crossed him…