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[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

The Washington Post reports:

The economic recovery of summer 2013 is playing out in an all-too-familiar way for poor and middle-class Americans: Gas prices are up, growth is slowing, and there still aren’t nearly enough new jobs to employ the almost 12 million people seeking work. An improving housing market and rising stock prices appear to have done little to increase the take-home pay of the typical U.S. worker. And while the economy continues to heal faster than that of almost any other Western nation, evidence remains strong that the recovery has done little to boost the fortunes of people in the vast economic middle.

The Washington Post: a reliable mouthpiece of the Democrat party is taking notice.

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[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

Dozens of union members who work for Will County government marched, sweated and chanted during informational picketing in front of the county office building, 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. And some got hotter under the collar when … Union members …

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[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

“There is too much at stake to play political games with the hard-earned retirement security of Detroit’s public workers,” said Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The Detroit unions said the …

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[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

Because of the significant amount to be paid to Caine, who was imprisoned for more than 25 years for a murder he did not commit, city Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton, the city’s top attorney, explained to aldermen personally why the case is being …

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[19 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

From Twitter
POTUS: “When the auto industry was on the brink of collapse and Gov. Romney said, ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt,’ I said no.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 16, 2012
 

From the Chicago Tribune
Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history yesterday, setting the stage for a costly court battle with creditors and opening a new chapter in the long struggle to revive the city that was the cradle of the American auto industry.
The bankruptcy, if approved by a federal judge, would force Detroit’s thousands of creditors into negotiations with the …

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[19 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Working from a list of people deemed most likely to become shooters or victims, a Chicago Police commander is expected to start knocking on their doors Friday and deliver letters warning them not to commit any violent crimes. The “custom notifications” are a pilot program in the Austin District on the West Side. Austin District Cmdr. Barbara West plans to deliver letters to 20 people on a so-called “heat list,” officials said.

Could we make this up??

The heat list stems from work by Andrew Papachristos, a Yale University professor who studied murders between 2005 and 2010 on the West Side. He found 70 percent of the killings were in a social network of 1,600 people out of a total population of 80,000. The citywide social network of violence includes more than 16,000 people, police Supt. Garry McCarthy said. The department narrowed that list to more than 400 “hot people” most likely to commit shootings or become victims — or 20 people per police district.

No fourth amendment for you Chicago residents! The welfare state is the police state.

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[19 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

The vote on Thursday means the proposal will move on to the full City of Chicago Council for consideration. Last week, the city’s Landmarks Commission approved the deal, which includes a left-field jumbotron and right-field sign. The signs are central …

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[19 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

In its report, Moody’s noted that Chicago closed the books on 2012 with $231 million in general fund reserves and $625 million in “leased asset reserves” generated by former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s decision to privatize the Chicago Skyway and Chicago …