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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

* From the ILGOP…
Illegal Hiring Making a Comeback: Former U.S. Rep. Phil Hare Endorses Chris Kennedy
Hare thinking Kennedy will dole out government jobs just like Pat Quinn did
“After witnessing Chris Kennedy’s pathetic attempts to court Mike Madigan, Phil Hare must be thinking Kennedy would dole out illegal patronage jobs just like Pat Quinn did. Since […]

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Bloomberg reports:

Last month, just before her book “What Happened” was published, Barack Obama spoke in New York to clients of Northern Trust Corp. for about $400,000, a person familiar with his appearance said. Last week, he reminisced about the White House for Carlyle Group LP, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, according to two people who were there. Next week, he’ll give a keynote speech at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s health-care conference.

Obama is coming to Wall Street less than a year after leaving the White House, following a path that’s well trod and well paid. While he can’t run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power. His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he’ll be on and disappoint anyone expecting him to avoid a trap that snared Clinton. Or, as some of his executive friends see it, he’s just a private citizen giving a few paid speeches to other successful people while writing his next book.

Many people get into politics to get wealthy.

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

* My Crain’s Chicago Business column was turned in Thursday afternoon, before all the Friday hubbub…
So far, all but one of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates have chosen a running mate. And all but one of those candidates have chosen an African-American running mate. And all but two of those candidates have chosen a female […]

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

It’s been one year since Minneapolis mall terror attack. Star Tribune is still trying to figure out motive. https://t.co/KfuuTHQh8K

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) September 18, 2017

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[12 Sep 2017 | One Comment | ]

For a couple of decades now, every time there is a mass shooting the country seems to be on the verge of a serious discussion about gun safety and how to achieve it. But thanks to the good offices of the National Rifle Association and its kin, we always cut the discussion short–if it gets under way at all.

This past couple of weeks have seen even more death and destruction and suffering  caused by record climate events than all the  recent shootings combined, but whenever someone raises man-made climate change …

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[12 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

At North Side Prep on Kedzie last week (Thursday 9/7), governor-candidate J.B. Pritzker let an interesting cat out of the bag, his plan to circumvent the state’s constitutional ban on graduated/progressive income taxation. He would not try to change the constitution at all, but would raise the presumably flat tax, then give “personal exemptions” to […]

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[12 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Bernie kept $5 million of the money donated to his campaign, refusing to pay back debt to cities.Socialism at work. https://t.co/Tx5dN2vO1c— /pol/ News Infinity (@polNewsInfinity) September 12, 2017

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[12 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

* The Illinois Policy Institute’s news service has a story on Gov. Rauner’s trade mission to Japan and China…
Moweaqua, Illinois, soybean farmer Austin Rincker is also marketing chairman for the Illinois Soybean Association and an at-large director for the association. He said he hopes the governor works to increase soybean exports.
“Here, we’re kind of in […]