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[25 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

PARIS–As I write this, the first-time, center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron has about 24 percent of the vote vs. Marine Le Pen’s 22 percent in the first round of the French presidential elections, remarkably close to the past month’s polling. Several of the remaining nine candidates, left and center-right, rushed to endorse him against the ultra-right-wing Le Pen, giving him a distinct advantage in the runoff two weeks hence.

There was a huge 80 percent turnout Sunday, with as many as 20 percent of those voting declining to vote for president. …

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[25 Apr 2017 | One Comment | ]

The $30,000 fee Northeastern Illinois University was going to pay former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was just the latest in a series of big fees the financially troubled state school has paid to snag prominent graduation speakers, records show.

Despite its money troubles — a Wall Street credit agency just dropped Northeastern deeper into “junk-bond” status — the state university has handed out five-figure fees to each of the speakers at its May commencement events the past four years.

Read more in the Sun-Times

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[20 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Embattled Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner caught a bit of good news lately: According to a nationwide poll, he’s only America’s eighth-worst governor. He dropped a notch from ninth when Alabama’s governor recently resigned while facing impeachment.

Republican Rauner can look on the bright side: There’s just 41 governors deemed less-worse, and he’s gradually growing less-unpopular. And there are still seven governors viewed as worse, including New Jersey’s Chris Christie.

Conducted by pollster Morning Consult, 85,000 registered voters were surveyed in all 50 states, and asked: Do you approve or disapprove of your …

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[20 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* InsiderHigherEd…
It’s impossible to examine state higher education finances in 2016 without separating the collapse in Illinois from a more nuanced picture across the rest of the country.
State and local support for higher education in Illinois plunged as the state’s lawmakers and governor were unable to reach a budget agreement and instead passed severely pared-down […]

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[20 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

UNREAL. Professor paints image of man holding the decapitated head of Donald Trump. Now it’s hanging in the school.https://t.co/2AEz9Le7Gc

— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) April 19, 2017

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[20 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Teenagers charged with a hate crime for burning Trump sign https://t.co/tXCIBt2sB4 pic.twitter.com/vOERKRINBy— The Hill (@thehill) April 20, 2017

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[19 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From a statement by Personal PAC’s Terry Cosgrove…
…Governor Rauner’s veto of HB 40 would completely betray the trust of everyone in Illinois.
 
In politics and in life, you are only as good as your word…especially when that word is followed by a signature.
Personal PAC’s questionnaire is a contract of trust and how we the people can […]