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Re-writing a key chapter in Illinois’ death penalty history, Cook County prosecutors Thursday threw out the murder and manslaughter convictions of Alstory Simon, whose videotaped confession unraveled one of the state’s most pivotal wrongful convictions, sparking reform and ultimately the end of capital punishment in Illinois.
 

At a brief hearing, Presiding Judge Paul Biebel granted prosecutors’ request to dismiss Simon’s convictions and ordered him released from prison. A few hours later, the 64-year-old Simon walked out of the Jacksonville Correctional Center in central Illinois into a cold, steady rain.
 
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Some say we have a Plow Horse Economy because economic growth is always slow after a financial crisis. But the real reason is that politicians from both major parties keep throwing more government “solutions” at problems. This started well before President Obama took office.
The Bush Administration, and a spend-friendly Congress, pushed temporary “stimulus” spending in 2001 and then followed Larry Summers’ Keynesian advice in early 2008 and passed tax credits and even more stimulus. President Bush said, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system” in an …

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For me, Whitney was not merely a protest vote against the other two candidates, Judy Baar Topinka and Rod Blagojevich. Whitney was wonkish and thoughtful. He made a compelling case on how to move the state forward, how to better fund schools and …

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Michael Shakman, the Chicago attorney behind the landmark 1969 anti-patronage suit, has been agitating for a state hiring monitor since 2009, after the Sun-Times reported that Blagojevich aides were running an illegal hiring system under which hundreds…

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Chicago’s Catholic school system announced nine schools in the city and the suburbs will close their doors at the end of this coming school year. The nine schools are three times as many as last year. Two more schools will be reconfigured. Schools in …

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The Chicago City Council on Wednesday heard testimony from the head of the city agency that investigates police-brutality complaints. But the aldermen skipped the chance to ask him about the city’s handling of a police commander who faces felony …

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Illinois’ fiscal situation is brutal. A large and growing gap between spending and sustainable revenue is made worse by huge claims on future revenues from past IOUs. Eventually, the General Assembly and governor will be forced to pick losers by …

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One asks if the state’s General Assembly should provide additional funds for mental health services and if the General Assembly should exact the Illinois Public Safety Act, which would require universal background checks for gun transfers and would …