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[27 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

What could be worse than bankruptcy for an Illinois town or city?
An assetless bankruptcy. That’s when even a formal bankruptcy proceeding can’t help because there’s nothing to work with. It’s when the bank owns everything and nothing is left. That’s when it’s lights out.
But that’s just what Senate Bill 10 would make more likely. It’s one of the twelve bills comprising the “grand bargain” now under consideration in Springfield. It would assure that bondholders — who you can think of as “the bank” — get permanent ownership of the lifeblood …

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[24 Feb 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

Earlier this month Donald Trump took moments off his blizzard of presidential orders–constitutional and otherwise– to pay cursory tribute to Black History Month. Ironically, he praised an historic figure whose words still  inspire and justify the protest demonstrations going on against him and today– as they have inspired marchers for peace, civil rights, women’s rights and social justice for generations.

Trump noted the new African American Museum of History and Culture is where people could learn about Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglass, whom he called, with his limited vocabulary of …

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[24 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Illinois is a different story. I’ve spent most of my adult life here; for more than 25 years I’ve called Chicagoland home. I started a business and raised my family here. But the more I’ve watched the city of Chicago and the state flail about in the last few years, unable to protect its citizens and unwilling to put its fiscal house in order, the more convinced I’ve become that maybe it’s time for Illinois to leave the Union – as a favor to the rest of America.

In the city …

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[23 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Tony Arnold…
About 260 Northeastern Illinois University students may be forced out of their campus jobs because of a new rule put in place as a result of the Illinois’ ongoing budget impasse. […]
(A) new rule put in place in December by the State Universities Civil Service System, the organization that administers university employee rules, […]

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[23 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Sneed…
Sneed hears the 2005 Chrysler that State Comptroller Susana Mendoza dumped in favor of a $32,000 Ford Explorer may have had 104,000 miles on it, but a top source claims it was in impeccable condition and not in need of expensive repairs, despite Mendoza’s claims.
“It was spotless inside, detailed all the time — and […]

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[23 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

As the question of how and whether to repeal Obamacare becomes red hot, one area congressman is making it clear he remains all for repealing the health care legislation, at least partially.But Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, is making his position known …

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[23 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

The L.A. Times reports:

A quarter of a century after a bitter political fight for control of California’s largest public employee pension fund, a new effort by Republicans in the state Capitol seeks to again dilute the influence of public employee unions by reshaping the agency’s board of directors.

The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), would add two members to the board that oversees the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, CalPERS. It would also reshape the qualifications for three of the existing 13 positions on the board, either by requiring additional expertise or by limiting participation from those with a connection to public employee unions.

The struggle of public pensions.

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[23 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Celebrities Furious That President Trump Removed Obama Transgender Bathroom Guidelines https://t.co/iGpNvT5lIp pic.twitter.com/nqDgHQap6V— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 23, 2017

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[23 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Kathy Myalls, Bob Costello, and Stacey Woehrle are independent candidates for the New Trier Township Board of Trustees.

Learn more about Kathy, Bob, and Stacey and their plans for New Trier Township here.