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[26 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

Crain’s Chicago Business

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[26 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

* OK, so we’ve heard from House Speaker Michael Madigan and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. I thought you’d also like to hear from social service advocates, who lobbied hard for the higher education “stopgap” bill in order to open a door for another stopgap for their programs. Here’s Emily Miller…
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[26 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Hill reports:

Donald Trump on Tuesday fired back at Lena Dunham after the “Girls” actress promised to move to Canada should the Republican front-runner become president.

“Well she’s a B-actor and, you know, has no mojo,” Trump said during a phone interview on “Fox and Friends.”

“I heard Whoopi Goldberg said that too. That would be a great, great thing for our country,” Trump continued, as a host interjected with a list of celebrities who have said they’ll leave the country.

“We’ll get rid of Rosie [O’Donnell]. Oh I love it. Now I have to get elected, because I’ll be doing a great service to our country,” Trump said.

Dunham on Monday became the latest celebrity to say she’d move to Canada if Trump wins the White House, acknowledging that while many people are threatening it, “I really will.”

“I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there,” Dunham, a supporter of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, said at the Matrix Awards.

The Donald responds to the “beautiful on the inside” Lena Dunham.

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[25 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Background here. From House Republican Leader Jim Durkin…
“After the compromise that occurred last week outside of the purview of Speaker Madigan, I’m not surprised by his attempt to take my statements out of context in an attempt to prevent future compromise. I have been consistent for months – work with the Republicans […]

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[25 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

In the latest sign that the proposed Illiana Expressway still has a heartbeat, Illinois and Indiana appear to have reached a deal under which the latter will provide the cash needed for a key revamped environmental review of the controversial toll road.

In a document filed in U.S. District Court here today, the Indiana Department of Transportation said it has “agreed to fund the technical work needed to comply” with changes in the Environmental Impact Statement ordered by the court. That means that the Illinois Department of Transportation, whose funding has been limited by this state’s continuing budget stalemate, will not have to come up with money despite what the filing describes as “funding issues presented by IDOT.”

The filing indicates that repairs on the rejected EIS could be completed by the end of July.

Judge Jorge Alonso had ruled last summer that the environmental statement by IDOT and InDOT was “arbitrary and capricious,” failing to consider among other things a “no build” alternative to pouring dozens of miles of concrete through wildlife and plant havens between I-55 and I-65.

No exact figures have been disclosed, but it is believed that redoing the EIS is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“The boondoggle Illiana Tollway seems to be the fiscal folly project that Gov. Rauner and his IDOT just can’t give up,” said Environmental Law & Policy Center attorney Howard Learner, who represents Openlands, the Midewin Heritage Association and other plaintiffs in the case. “Illinois has vital high-priority transportation projects that should not be diluted by pouring more public money into the Illiana Tollway.”

Guy Tridgell, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Transportation, said in an email that “the approach in Illinois has not changed.”

“We are not pursuing the project,” he continued. “Indiana has decided to pay for the work needed to correct the Environmental Impact Statement. The EIS covers other projects too, including a project at Lorenzo Road.”

Rauner’s office did not have any immediate response.

Illiana Document

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[25 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

Which is what this Loyola U.-Chicago assoc. prof did when named diversity advisor to  the university’s president. The first thing an institution—or even a person—needs to do is recognize that notions of inclusivity and diversity are not static. They are constantly changing. That’s why we want to make sure the diversity statement we’re working on … Continue reading Get a job and define it so it’s a lifetime gig

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[25 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

Capitol Fax reports on the slamming of Illinois’ “certificate of need” law limiting the supply of hospitals in Illinois. The court finds that regulation =corruption.

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[25 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

CHICAGO – Beautiful spring weather this weekend, and to Chicagoans, that means gangland shootings. It’s April 25th, and thus far this month 28 persons were shot and killed, 229 shot and wounded. Last week alone, six were shot and killed,…