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[31 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

Professor Emeritus of English, College of DuPage, David McGrath has been a member of the United Retail Workers, the Chicago Teachers Union, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. He is author of THE …

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Labor Day is supposed to be about the worker. Then why is it that in Illinois it is all about the … And when Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, started the new school year, it did so with about 3,000 fewer Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, workers. These …

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CHICAGO — After their efforts to legalize gay marriage fizzled in Illinois this year, advocates gave their campaign a serious makeover: They called on unions, focused longer-term and recalibrated their message by using personal stories instead of …

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Rod Blagojevich’s administration. The state typically puts contracts out for a bid to ensure taxpayers get the best deal. But no-bid contracts are used in some emergencies. One member of Illinois’ Procurement Policy Board says they’re increasingly …

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Tina Butler, an insider in Dick Mell’s 33rd ward political organization who is retiring as City Council Sergeant-at-Arms, helped elect Blagojevich as state representative, congressman and governor. She says that Blagojevich was surrounded by ‘players …

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Rauner has made campaign contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his predecessor, Richard Daley, both Democrats. … “I’m not going to compromise my values to the middle,” Brady told an audience of Young Republicans in Lake County last month .

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The Washington Times reports:

Hollywood celebrities were thrilled by Tuesday’s report that the Obama administration is getting back into the venture capital business. Bloomberg News revealed the Energy Department’s plan to pour another $16 billion into the automotive companies most favored by the White House.

President Obama doesn’t want anyone to call this corporate welfare, because that’s something he firmly opposes. “I don’t think oil companies need more corporate welfare,” the president explained last year. “Congress should end this taxpayer giveaway.” He loved the line so much he repeated a version of it 17 times in the space of two months, complaining about the $4 billion in “tax breaks” the oil industry “exploits.” (They’re actually manufacturing tax deductions available to anyone.)

The administration wants to give the impression the energy loans aren’t corporate welfare because the money is going to the little guy who will take on big, bad oil, which has been standing in the way of the technology of the future. In reality, it’s just business as usual.

Since 2008, the Energy Department’s electric car subsidy program has handed out $8.4 billion in public funds to carmakers. Two-thirds of the loot went to Ford Motor Co. and another $1.4 billion helped Nissan underwrite the cost of building and selling cars that the public isn’t interested in buying. Nissan used its U.S. taxpayer cash bounty to set up factories capable of churning out 250,000 of its all-electric car model, the Leaf, each year. Americans took one look at the vehicle’s $35,000 sticker price (recently slashed to $29,000) and realized they could buy a more comfortable economy car capable of long-range journeys for nearly half the price.

Taxing the successful to subsidize failure.

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[29 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

You should find this, from Corruption Busters, interesting:
What is the Illinois Teachers Retirement System hiding?
The Illinois legislature is working on pension reform while investor monies are walking out the back door into the pockets of politically connected folks who wired deals to obtain pension funds!

 
Last month, Corruption Busters requested a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request for details on who was handling those funds.
Our July 2, 2013 FOIA request states “In accordance with FOIA, please provide in electronic PDF file format documentation related to contracts between TRS and Hopewell Ventures (David …