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[15 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

All this funded by the generous donations of everyday Catholics.
We invite you to join Organizing Catholics for Justice and CCHD National Grantee IIRON to oppose Governor Rauner’s proposed budget cuts. These cuts will kill people, and we believe it is immoral to balance Illinois’ budget by sacrificing human lives while two-thirds of corporations in Illinois pay no state income tax. We’re demanding that Governor Rauner tax corporations and the rich so that Illinois can fulfill its basic responsibilities to educate our youth, protect the public’s health and provide a social …

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[15 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

Rich Miller with a particularly inept metaphor
People have been saying Chicago would become another Detroit since at least the days when Harold Washington first ran for mayor. Know what happened? He raised taxes after years of avoidance by Richard J. Daley and his machine successors and the city eventually took off like a rocket. Emanuel tried to follow the Daley path after succeeding yet another Daley. It’s a failed strategy, and it has truly endangered the city’s fiscal and economic health. Taxes will have to rise so much that some …

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[13 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

Wednesday, June 7, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd. 
Chicago, IL 60604
A debate on the motion: Nonprofit organizations influencing government and engaging in political advocacy, including issue advertising, should be required to disclose their donors.
Many nonprofits maintain that their donors’ privacy must be protected under the First Amendment and that anonymous funding of political speech can be beneficial because it encourages political participation by people concerned about retaliation for supporting controversial views.
Others, however, maintain that the First Amendment does not extend so broadly and that the law should require greater disclosure …

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[8 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday called on Monsanto not to move its headquarters out of the U.S. for tax reasons, responding to reports that the seed company is considering buying a Swiss competitor.

“I strongly urge you and the board of directors to maintain Monsanto Company’s headquarters and its tax address in the United States,” the Illinois Democrat wrote in a letter to Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant.
It has been reported in recent days that Monsanto is considering a takeover of Syngenta, a seed and agrochemicals company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, worth …

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[28 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

From the Daily Northwestern
Gov. Bruce Rauner revoked a $1 million state grant to provide Evanston with ultra high-speed Internet, canceling a project that would have established an “innovation corridor” in the area of Chicago Avenue and Main Street. City manager Wally Bobkiewicz said the city received notice within the last two months that the state canceled the grant that would have helped fund the project, which was meant to attract entrepreneurs to the area. The grant was withdrawn earlier this year amidst attempts to cut the state budget. The city …

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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Not that Rich Miller ever had a grip on reality, but he comes across as positively unhinged here
But when you essentially have unlimited resources and the other side doesn’t, as is the case with Rauner versus the Democrats, you can frame an advocacy campaign pretty much any way you want.
We’ve entered an entirely new world, campers.

Analyzed here at Illinois Mirror
Did he really just claim that Illinois Democrats – led by the three decade long incumbent House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) – are the financial underdogs against the lone newcomer Rauner?
We …

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[13 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

From Wirepoints
If you’re not from around Chicago, get ready for a perfect audio lesson on what we’re dealing with here, tough language and all. You locals will laugh and cry at what’s too familiar.
 
Denis Lawlor is a security officer at a the water reclamation plant in southwest suburban Stickney.  He accidentally left the microphone open on his radio as he showed the ropes to a new employee, and the conversation was recorded. It’s a perfect depiction of the cultural problem at the root of what’s wrong in Chicago area government …

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[27 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

We’re out for a week.

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[11 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Barack Obama’s supporters and detractors don’t agree on much, but as the president enters his final two years in office, they have voiced a common complaint: the president lacks competence. They cite multiple management breakdowns, such as the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare health-insurance website, which have eroded public support; his lack of engagement with Congress, which has impeded his legislative agenda; and his chronic inability to address serious problems before they become full-blown crises, undermining Americans’ confidence in his leadership.

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[3 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Evanston has more than it’s share of pension woes.

The BGA analysis says Evanston’s firefighter pension fund is the 8th worst funded in the suburbs among funds with more than $1 million in assets. It only has enough money to cover 45 percent of its estimated liabilities.
The city’s police pension fund is the 19th worst funded by the same measure, with only enough funds to cover 46 percent of its estimated liabilities.
 
So funding a private property development, might not be on the top of anyone’s agenda, except the property developer and …