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[10 Oct 2016 | One Comment | ]

We’ve endorsed Schakowsky previously while lamenting the lack of a legitimate challenger who sees our federal debt crisis as a drag on economic growth. This year there is such a Republican on the ballot: Joan McCarthy Lasonde, a marketing executive from Wilmette. “We’re taxing small businesses to death,” she says, citing as an example a local salon owner who won’t hire a 50th full-time employee because that’s when Obamacare mandates kick in.

Some of what Lasonde has learned about bureaucratic failings comes from being a foster parent who confronts the incompetence …

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[28 Sep 2016 | One Comment | ]

Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall, an alarming drop as the embattled public institution faces an uncertain future.
Overall, the university now has fewer than half the number of total students it did six years ago. There are 3,578 students taking classes at the Far South Side campus this fall, down from 7,362 students in 2010, according to university figures released Tuesday. The numbers include 2,352 undergraduates and 1,226 graduate students.

While enrollment has been declining for years, the past year has been particularly troubling. Overall enrollment is down …

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[17 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

Jeffrey Leef is a Republican and a political novice who decided to challenge Chicago’s Democratic machine by running for Congress. He had no expectation of defeating incumbent Rep. Danny Davis, whose 7th district hasn’t elected a Republican in 70 years. This was an idealistic pursuit by a citizen in defense of the endangered two-party system in Cook County.

Besides, what could possibly go wrong?
Read more in the Chicago Tribune

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[10 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

Allen said she was concerned that the deaths of the officers may distract from a much needed national conversation about police brutality and its effect on the black community. She and Nabors both strongly condemned the killings of the Dallas officers.

Nabors’ father, Rev. Micheal Nabors of Evanston’s Second Baptist Church, who spoke at the rally, echoed their sentiments.
“We sympathize with the police officers killed in Dallas but the narrative is about black lives,” he said.
In addition to the voices of Nabors, her father, and Allen, the rally featured poetry written …

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[9 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

From Fr. Michael Pfleger
Dr. King warned America that the Cup of Endurance would run over,” his post began. “You can’t keep masses of folks in Poverty, Unemployment, Incarceration and in Communities looking like 3rd World Countries. The Shooting, Murder and disrespect of Law Enforcement is really not a surprise, they are the enforcer of America’s Injustice….but Dr. King also warned us that our fight must not be in the lowest form, using violence….WE must use our MORAL FORCE and dismantle an UNJUST AMERICA ……I understand the anger…but, VIOLENCE: whether by …

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[8 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Four degree programs at Western Illinois University may be eliminated this month following years of poor enrollment and low graduation rates.

Administrators recommended that majors in African-American studies, philosophy, religious studies and women’s studies all be cut from the curriculum at the dual-campus institution in Macomb and Quad Cities.
Western’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the matter at its Friday meeting. Should trustees approve the cuts, it would mean no new students could declare majors in those programs.
Read more in the Chicago Tribune
photo The Glimmer Twins

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[5 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

Between 2009 and 2014, more than a fifth of law enforcement agencies in Illinois did not report to the FBI on whether any hate crimes had been committed in their communities in spite of the federal agency’s push to track such crimes, according to an Associated Press analysis of FBI data.

Starting next year, though, a new state law will carry at least the threat of losing out on some funding if agencies don’t file such reports.
Most of the Illinois agencies that either failed to make a report or missed several years …

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[29 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

From the Tribune
Letters in support of Dennis Hastert

Forty-one of the 60 letters submitted in support of Dennis Hastert in advance of his sentencing on hush money charges were released on April 22, 2016.
Jean Hastert p. 2
Joshua Hastert p. 4
Ethan Hastert p. 7
Dale Hastert p. 11
Chris Hastert p. 14
Dale Anderson p. 16
Gregory Busch p. 19
Mike Chapman p. 21
James Coulas p. 23
Tom Delay p. 25
Theodore DeRousse Jr. p. 27
Therese DesCoteaux p. 29
John DeWolfe p. 32
John Doolittle p. 34
David Dreier p. 37
Thomas Ewing p. 39
Tyrone Fahner p. 41
David From p. 43
Gary Goines p. …

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[5 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

In his unsuccessful 2014 bid for re-election, then-Gov. Pat Quinn vowed that sweeping changes had cleaned up an unwieldy anti-violence program, but new findings show that widespread problems persisted for two years longer than previously known.

The findings emerged in a “confidential draft” the Tribune obtained of a new, highly critical audit — nearing release — that focuses on a high-profile issue in the last gubernatorial election.
According to the draft, the state auditor general’s office found that bread-and-butter grant protocol was abandoned, leading to sketchy oversight riddled with missing documentation, questionable …

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[4 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

Afer enduring 15 years of shrinking convention attendance and persistent budget difficulties, the government agency that owns Chicago’s sprawling McCormick Place convention center is trying to outgrow its problems through a $650 million expansion.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, known as McPier, is betting that the project now under construction — a second hotel and an arena to showcase DePaul University’s basketball team — will draw more conventions, attract sports fans and transform a barren section of Chicago into a vibrant entertainment district. City and McPier officials predict the expansion …