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[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

A suburban woman slapped a Chicago firefighter when he wouldn’t let her ride a Divvy bike past a reversing a fire truck, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The 56-year-old fireman had stopped traffic near Wells and Van Buren streets about 4 p.m. Monday to accommodate a fire truck that was backing into the Chicago Fire Department station at 419 S. Wells St., court records show.

Maegan Kurtz, 26, approached the station on a Divvy bicycle and tried to continue cycling past the truck, which was flashing its lights, according to an arrest report.
The fireman …

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[28 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

* A bit too dramatic for my tastes, but they’re not wrong, except for the fact that the governor has yet to propose a truly balanced budget. From a Daily Herald editorial entitled “Enough! Time for leaders, lawmakers to quit the politics and produce a budget”…
For two years in a row, rather […]

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[28 Jun 2016 | One Comment | ]

Taking a breather from Brexit’s horrors, Trump’s atrocities and Rahm Emanuel’s inability to remember why four cops who worked in his campaign were given plum assignments on his security detail, let me introduce you to two brief, locally published books–one on the macro issue of income inequality, the other on Chicago’s economic travesties.
From the Occupy Wall Street movement to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign–with Frenchman Thomas Piketty’ surprise best-seller “Capital in the 21st Century” and Joseph Stiglitz’s “The Price of Inequality” between–it’s clear income inequality is not only America’s central problem, …

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[28 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

In the wake of the Chicago City Council passing new regulations on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Chicago Tribune editorial board member Lara Weber has published a manifesto on why she’ll avoid using those services and opt for traditional taxi cabs instead.  She gives at least 5 reasons for her position.  And not a single one of them makes any sense. Let’s break it down. I live in Chicago and I won’t use Uber or Lyft. Crazy? Yes.  I mean, it’s your…

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[28 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Hmm. Wanna guess who her generous benefactors are? Heh…
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