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[25 Feb 2015 | One Comment | ]

Imagine a scenario where you bury a lot of your hard earned money in the yard, and never see it again. Better yet, imagine giving that money to someone else, who buries it with promises of big returns which never happen.

The site is deep below Chicago’s famous Block 37 between State and Dearborn at Randolph. A decade ago, the Chicago Transit Authority wanted to launch non-stop train service from the Loop to O’Hare and Midway airports. But the closest the service came to reality was the shell of a mass …

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[25 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

* Jake Griffin takes a look at the optional municipal sales tax add-on, which raised nearly $1 billion for local governments last year above and beyond their share of the state sales tax…
Last year, 296 towns imposed a sales tax on top of the state’s 6.25 percent, Illinois Department of Revenue data show. That’s up […]

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[25 Feb 2015 | Comments Off | ]

How Chicago Wards Voted in the 2015 Mayoral Election (MAP)

Rahm Emanuel has a strong base near Downtown, but didn’t perform that well on the South and West sides.

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[24 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

Remember that old verity? You get what you pay for. Oftentimes, you don’t. In Illinois politics, however, you pay for what you get, and the candidate who pays the most is the candidate who gets.
Bruce Rauner (R) is Illinois’ governor because during 2014 he raised $78,191.560 and spent $58,426,802. Of his receipts, roughly $25 million came from his own pocket. Self-funding, in essence, bought him the governorship.
Rauner beat Pat Quinn (D) 1,823,627-1,681,343 (50.3 percent), a margin of  142,284 votes. Rauner’s cost-per-vote was $32.03. Quinn, during 2014, raised $26,373,276 and spent …

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[24 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

The measure from Republican Representative Joe Sosnowski would require the three-fourths vote, putting the rest of the state’s public school teachers under the same standard that Chicago Public Schools follow in order to strike. The Labor and Commerce …

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[24 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

Because for all of labor’s white-hot threats to defeat Walker and his agenda — remember those huge 2011 protests at Wisconsin’s cruciform Capitol? — Wisconsin voters rejected his Democratic critics and left his fellow Republicans in charge of the …

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[24 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

Every four years, the mayor’s office and the seats of all 50 aldermen are up for grabs. Following the tradition of Chicago politics, most seats are safely passed on from term to term—some aldermen have been in power for more than 30 years, and former …