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[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

This “Captain Adorable” photo from the Daily Digg, Digg’s daily e-mail, saluting the little dictator.  Here’s the AP on it at SF Gate.

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[15 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

From Curbed Chicago
Construction is now well underway for two sections of the new Riverwalkproject that will transform the downtown riverfront into a pedestrian-friendly park concept that is expected to (hopefully) pump more tourism dollars into the Loop area. It’s been about a year since the city received a $100M loan from the US Department of Transportation to expand the Riverwalk, and despite the ruthless winter Chicago has had, construction began around February. According to original estimates, work on the entire project should be completed in about a year and a half and the Chicago Department of Transportation …

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[14 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

In FY2013, Rich Miller’s Ahead of Our Time Publishing received $44,000 in taxpayer money for subscriptions to Capitol Fax.

That’s right, your money is paying for politicos and government functionaries to read his political gossip.
For some context, Illinois per capita income is $29,519, and the media household income is $56,853.
Now, of course, cutting $44k in spending isn’t going to balance the budget or fix our pension crisis.  But just remember that when you hear Rich Miller saying that we can’t cut spending without doing great harm, he’s talking — at least in part — about the …

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

After a House Democratic lawmaker announced his opposition today to the 3% millionaire surcharge, Madigan spokesman Steve Brown told The Illinois Observer that the debate on the speaker’s $1 billion school funding proposal had ended and he squarely laid the blame on Republicans.

“It appears that the Republicans prefer protecting millionaires over the $1 billion for students in schools across the state,” said Brown. “We think that brings the debate on the millionaires amendment to a close for this session.”
Read more in the Illinois Observer

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[8 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

The obvious and immediate reaction to these maps is to see them as a direct consequence of rising income inequality. There is some truth to that, but the researchers from which much of this data came have already discovered that income segregation has actually risen faster than inequality. So that’s not the end of the story.
Anyway, here you go: the disappearance of Chicago’s middle-class and mixed-income neighborhoods since 1970, measured by each Census tract’s median family income as a percentage of the median family income for the Chicago metropolitan region …

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[7 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

A familiar name pops up in Paul Vallas’ odd second job 
Illinois lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas has taken a new job with a Chicago-based consulting firm.
Izabela Miltko is spokeswoman for the Quinn campaign. She confirmed Saturday Vallas has taken a part-time consulting job with DSI Civic Financial Restructuring.

The company specializes in government and municipal restructuring and reorganization. Its vice president is John Filan, Illinois’ former chief operating officer.
Filan, a noted Blagojevich crony, is the mastermind behind the bond sale resulting in the indictment of Gov. Blagojevich, his brother Robert Blagojevich, …

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[5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

April 04, 2014 04:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DSI Civic Financial Restructuring, LLC (DSI Civic), which specializes in government and municipal restructuring and reorganization, today announced that Paul Vallas has joined the firm, lending his considerable government experience and expertise to the group’s national distressed governmental and municipal practice. Mr. Vallas, the former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools system, as well as school districts in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Bridgeport, Connecticut, brings a solid grasp of state and municipal issues that complement the senior management team of DCI Civic, …

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[3 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Jan Schakowsky as St. Joan of Arc

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Black Ensemble Theater Founder and Executive DirectorJackie Taylor announces a special benefit event to include a one night-only performance of The Soul of a Powerful Woman, written and directed by Jackie Taylor. This special performance is a part of Black Ensemble Theater’s Powerful Woman Campaign and features some of Chicago’s most outstanding powerful women. The evening will begin with a pre-show reception at 7:00pm followed by the 8:00pm performance at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark Street.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky will lead a …

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[27 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

From the CSU Faculty Voice
The circumstances of this suit differ dramatically from those revealed in the recent Crowley case. Vice President of Administration and Finance Glenn Meeks alleges his firing occurred because he brought a number of, unseemly at best and possibly illegal at worst, Watson practices to the attention of former Chicago State Board of Trustees Gary Rozier on October 31, 2012 and told Rozier he (Meeks) would report his concerns to the Illinois Inspector General’s Office if the board did nothing. Ultimately, in February-March 2013, the board attempted …