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[13 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Do Illinois politicians prefer Skittles or Jelly Belly candies?
Inquiring minds now have their answer, since the state gave $2 million in tax incentives for Skittles production while Jelly Belly plans to pack up and leave Illinois.

The trade off? A gain of 75 jobs for a loss of 66 jobs, plus the closing of Jelly Belly’s North Chicago plant – where the candy has been produced since 1978. Those 66 Illinoisans will either be out of work or transferred out of state come October.
Read more at Chicago Now

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[11 Dec 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

In 1915, Reagan’s father brought his family to a cold water flat at 832 E. 57th Street, Chicago, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Reagan’s first memories are from this humble building.

The University of Chicago Medical Center plans to level the flat and replace with a grassy strip bordering a new parking lot.
Read more at Chicago Now
Hat Tip to our founder Tom Roeser for doing the original research to find out the Reagan home address.

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[23 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]

From Richard Lorenc
Intermittent rain didn’t stop hundreds of supporters of religious liberty from gathering in Federal Plaza early this afternoon to demand a repeal of a federal rule that requires every taxpayer to pay for medicines and procedures they find morally objectionable.

I was a distinct minority in the crowd. You see, I am pro-choice.
But that I believe government should not outlaw access to abortion or contraception does not mean I also believe that others should be compelled to pay for it. These questions are intimate ones I will never have …

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[4 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

Governor Quinn’s record on companion animal issues is stellar! He signed legislation this year, which was my idea (with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart) to enhance the felony for dogifghters nabbed within barking distance from a day care center, playground or school.

Gov. Quinn signing legislation to enhance the felony – increasing jail time for dog fighters found near schools, playgrounds or day care centers. This is the first law of its kind in America.
Only weeks ago, he also signed legislation to mandate a bittering agent be put into anti-freeze (so …

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[16 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

Sheila Simon was totally Pat Quinn’s “downstate strategy,” which is almost as insane as Sheila Simon’s take on her campaign’s shortcomings. Pat Quinn’s opposite-world strategy was, of course, to send someone who just looks liberal into farm towns with a banjo.

But hey according to Pat Quinn, Bill Brady has a super-seekert plan to RAISE TAXES on you because THAT’S WHAT HE DOES or something when he’s not killing puppies and oppressing women and refusing food to poor people and making Bob Cratchit work on Christmas. Never mind that Pat Quinn …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

Digest from Blake D. Dvorak at Chicago Now
Governor’s Race

Quinn slams Hynes on Burr Oak, Hynes fights back.
Governor race focuses on ailing finances.
Discontent and anger motivate voters in Illinois.
Quinn calls Hynes’ actions callous, even ‘evil’.
Quinn dig at Hynes marks final nasty days.
Will Hynes fight back?
Quinn and Hynes: Playing for keeps.
Quinn, Hynes trade charges as election nears.
Quinn, Hynes escalate race along racial lines.
Dem. candidates spend day at black churches.
Democrats take governor race to church.
Quinn and Preckwinkle help get out the vote.
Crowded race awaits Illinois voters.
Finally, a primary night with a little suspense.
Internal Andrzejewski …