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[22 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Mike Schrimpf sent this out at around 5:30 yesterday…
Reporters –
To clarify a lot of misinformation that has been circulated today, below is a summary of President Cullerton’s consideration model for pension reform, which the governor is supporting. If President Cullerton has specific concerns with legislative language, we are confident those can be worked out. […]

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[22 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

* As I told you the other day, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Illinois PAC transferred $1.818 million to Dan Proft’s Liberty Princples PAC. The rumor at the time was that Proft would use much of that money to defeat Sen. Sam McCann, the sole Republican to vote against Rauner on AFSCME’s “no strike” bill. […]

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[22 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

The National Review reports:

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker has a new book out: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. It’s mostly about those old devils, the Koch brothers.

There’s more:

Dear God, it’s worse than I thought! They want to change the conversation! They want to persuade Americans to vote differently! The horror, the horror. You might be forgiven for thinking that this is pretty much exactly what democracy is about. But no. For you see, only Hollywood, college professors and administrators, the ACLU, People for the American Way, the Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, Emily’s List, the Ford Foundation, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, MoveOn.org, the NAACP, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Greenpeace, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, George Soros, Steven Spielberg and, of course, publications such as the New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation and Mayer’s own The New Yorker are allowed to try to change conversations and argue for people to vote differently.

No word yet on this story from Ezra Klein (Democrat-GE).

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[21 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Half of 365 economists who had written about climate change recommended “immediate and drastic action” by governments. Another 43% want “some action.” This economist ponders the matter: It’s possible that most of the 339 economists who advocate government action to combat global warming are investing in these ways. But I’d make sure that they are so … Continue reading Talk is cheap among economists recommending action vs. climate change.

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[21 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Gov. Bruce Rauner responded today about the lack of support for his ideas in the House and Senate…
“The legislators in both political parties, and especially the Democrats have gotta wake up.
“We have been subsidizin’ the patronage and abuse in CPS for years. Their suburban taxpayers, their Downstate taxpayers are sendin’ extra cash to […]

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[21 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Freedom Works

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[21 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

CHICAGO – Family-Pac Federal, the largest Illinois pro-family conservative political action committee, today announced “no endorsements” for the following “conservative” Illinois GOP Congressmen who recently voted for the Omnibus Appropriations Bill FY 2016. The PAC has declined to endorse Congressman…

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[21 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Where did this Loyola U.-Chicago student get this quote about Jesuit education?  “This directly contradicts the spirit of Loyola’s jesuit [sic] mission, a mission that encourages students to seek knowledge through the pursuit of justice,” a statement from one group of students said. “It undermines the Student Promise to care for community, a commitment to making our community and the world more equitable and just. The chilling effect is palpable.” “Seek knowledge through the pursuit of justice?” … Continue reading Jesuit education is what?!