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[22 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

NIU is blocking Wikipedia
Northern Illinois University is restricting students’ access to certain websites. For their own good, of course. The internet is a dangerous place, and we wouldn’t want students inadvertently coming across something controversial, now would we?
Students who attempt to visit an unauthorized site through the campus network are redirected to a creepy “Web Page Access Warning.” The “warning” is that the students are about to go somewhere that probably violates NIU internet policy. One student reported the policy to Reddit after he received a warning for trying to …

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[15 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

First it was Walgreen’s.  From National Review
Our elected officials in Congress now feel they have the political power to carry out these threats with impunity.
Now Mr. Durbin is celebrating the Walgreens shakedown. The big losers here were the shareholders — including thousands and thousands of middle class Americans — whose retirement funds include Walgreens stock. The stock fell in the 24 hours after the announcement by more than 10 percent and so shareholders lost at least $6 billion on the announcement. That’s a lot of financial wreckage from one single …

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[6 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

From the Sun-Times
Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign has turned to Squeezy the Python tactics to explain the impact of investments in the Cayman Islands, in the hopes to keep the focus on his gubernatorial Republican opponent Bruce Rauner.
Using an Austin-based animator Kristen Maxwell and Michael Brandl, an economist at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, the camp is releasing the video on Wednesday in an effort to hit home that financial actions in the Caymans have an effect on the local economy.

From Bruce Rauner Campaign site, noting Gov. Quinn’s investments in …

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[6 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

In no uncertain terms, Bill Brady has endorsed Bruce Rauner for Governor of Ilinois in the 2014 way, by Liking Bruce Rauner on Facebook
Bruce Rauner must win this election for the people of Illinois. I wholeheartedly endorse Bruce Rauner for Governor, and I took the small step of liking his Facebook page. I strongly encourage you to do the same and join Bruce today.

Read more at Bill Brady’s Facebook Page

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[1 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

Union Street Tin Co. is excited to announce a massive expansion of its line of aluminum tins and bottles.

Operated by the third and fourth generations of a tin manufacturing family, Union Street Tin Co. is a longtime leader in the field of decorative metal packaging. To further supplement its innovative custom tin options and extensive stock tin line, Union Street has now greatly expanded its aluminum manufacturing capabilities, adding dozens of shapes and sizes to its already wildly popular line of screw-top aluminum tins, and offering an expansive line of …

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[31 Jul 2014 | One Comment | ]

On the day a think-tank publicly released a report that says the Chicago Housing Authority has been socking away hundreds of millions of dollars instead of using it for housing for the poor, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has asked the agency to do more.

“Since HUD learned of the level of the reserves, it has prompted CHA to issue more vouchers,” said Brian Gillen, a spokesman in the Chicago office, in a written statement.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune
Some background from Crain’s 

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[30 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

The good folks at Bookster, Tweed Jacket are back in business!  After a year out of circulation, some of the world’s great tweeds, plaids and twills are again available for purchase via Tweed-Jacket.com.  Bookster has been a great friend to the Chicago Daily Observer over the last 8 years or so, and we welcome them out of hibernation.
Need a Norfolk Jacket?  Three Piece Tweed Suit?  Riding Suit?  Where else but Bookster?

Here is what Bookster is all about:
We are passionate about the clothes we sell. Sadly, many of the great British tailoring …

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[24 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Aluminum Screw Top Cans, Bottles and Containers added to the Union Street Tin packaging line.

More details here

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[22 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

From Legal Insurrection
Steven Salaita is one of the leaders of the anti-Israel academic boycott movement in the United States. He even has authored a guide for other faculty as to how to implement boycotts of Israel at their own universities.
Salaita currently is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech and starting in August will join the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s American Indian Studies Dept.
Salaita’s Twitter feed is crudely anti-Israel and has been since long before the recent Gaza conflict. Maybe that will be an issue for a later day.
But for today it’s worth noting that …