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[26 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

The New York Post reports:

A Queens public high-school principal excluded 500 Catholic-school kids from a list of 4,000 students applying to get into his school, raising cries from furious parents of foul play.

“It was almost like they knew who would be accepted,” said Middle Village resident Jimmy Guarneri, 47, of the lottery system that was supposed to fairly choose students to get into popular Maspeth High School. “We’re very angry.”

After being rejected by Maspeth, Guarneri’s son was accepted at a Catholic high school, but got only a partial scholarship.

“I’m working two jobs as it is,” Guarneri said. “His first choice was to go to Maspeth.”

While more than 4,000 eighth-graders applied for a seat in the school, its principal failed to forward all 500 applications from Catholic-school kids to the Department of Education for possible placement.

The bigotry at Catholics from Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir of Maspeth High School.

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[25 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Mark Weyermuller – Most agree that rules and laws should be followed. Illinois has some complex election laws that are to keep elections honest, while keeping everybody on an even playing field. In my area, there is a group…

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[25 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

The Keystone XL Pipeline is not a done deal. Here’s what lies ahead. https://t.co/XQ8ykwFZYI pic.twitter.com/hz7d31R5C9

— CNN (@CNN) March 25, 2017

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[24 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

[Bumped up to Monday from Friday for visibility purposes.]
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* It was bound to happen sooner or later…

The caps are off in the Governor’s race, Kennedy self funds just above the threshold.https://t.co/2DsuVKjIjy
— IL Election Data (@ILElectionData) March 24, 2017

Kennedy reported a $250,100 contribution to himself. So, all gubernatorial candidates […]

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[24 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

In an expected but still provocative action, Gov. Bruce Rauner today vetoed legislation strongly pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to refinance cash-short pension funds that cover city laborers and white-collar workers.

The state needs comprehensive pension changes, not fund-by-fund ones, Rauner said in a veto message, noting that the city separately is pushing for $215 million to shore up Chicago Public Schools’ pension fund.

“It’s like trying to fix a drought with a drop of rain. We see pension funding challenges throughout the state—one-off, short-sighted approaches won’t really fix the problem,” Rauner said. “We must have comprehensive, long-term pension reform. Let’s get it done.”

Rauner specifically wants approval of a pending bill that, if upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court, would force state workers and teachers outside of Chicago to choose between keeping their guaranteed 3 percent compounded cost-of-living hike in pension benefits, or including pay hikes in their pension base. That measure has been caught in wrangling over the wider state budget.

Emanuel had no immediate response, but is likely to be quite sharp when he does.

Both of the funds—the municipal and laborers retirement systems—are in danger of becoming insolvent in a few years. Emanuel’s bill would require taxpayers to pay more, stretch out payments, and require new but not current workers to make additional contributions.

The latter is the best the city says it can do under Supreme Court rulings.

Emanuel already has pushed though major hikes in the city’s water and sewer fee (a sort of property tax) to pay for the bill.

Rauner had mentioned that in previous threats to veto the bill, but did not include it in today’s veto message.

Expecting the veto, the Senate already has approved and sent identical legislation to the House. The bill Rauner vetoed cannot be overridden because it was passed by a prior General Assembly whose tenure has ended.

Rauner last year similarly vetoed legislation to shore up the city’s police and fire retirement funds, but lawmakers over-rode him and the measure became law.

Update— Emanuel is out with a statement, and it indeed is on the bitter side, with spokesman Adam Collins terming the veto “irresponsible and irrational.”

More from the statement: ‘This bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support because it improves our fiscal stability for taxpayers and shores up pensions for thousands of retirees who earned them. Instead of helping secure the future of our taxpayers and middle-class retirees, the governor chose to hold them hostage – just as he has done to social service providers, schoolchildren and universities across the state . . . The people of Illinois deserve better.”

Doesn’t sound like the mayor is endorsing the governor for-reelection next year, does it?

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[24 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
The Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly of confirmation that one of its vendors experienced a data breach affecting approximately 1.4 million Illinois job seekers, according to the vendor’s current estimate. The vulnerability was not the result of any deficiency in software maintained by the State of Illinois and […]

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[24 Mar 2017 | 9 Comments | ]

Illinois Election Law provides for a complaint process, titled a D-4 to bring violations of the campaign disclosure act to the attention of the State Board of Elections.  A D-4 was filed today by lawyer Dan Kelley with the Illinois State Board of Elections representing Wilmette Resident Mark Weyermuller in a complaint against the ‘Wilmette Friends’ who are engaging in electioneering without registering as a political organization with the State of Illinois.
Specifically, the complaint notes that the ‘Wilmette Friends’, has coordinated and paid for political consultants, yard signs, mailers, websites, …