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[10 Mar 2014 | One Comment | ]

There was a fine kerfuffle this weekend, where one-woman media monopolist and serial fabricator Carol Marin decided to libel my friend Dan Proft.    Marin lead off with this ominous warning (since removed)
Dan Proft, a dark presence in Illinois politics, likes to pose as a defender of principled conservative values. Values he touts on his WLS-AM radio show and through his Liberty Principles PAC that lends support to political candidates.
Before going into a screed condemning Proft and his Liberty Principles PAC for distributing  hateful advertising against candidates who are agreeable with Marin …

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[28 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

I propose the following dialog between the O’Toole Brothers, James and Jerry, Cattle Ranchers from Central Illinois, in search of a new ways to promote Beef consumption for the Illinois Beef Producers.
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Scene One: The O’Toole Brothers decide on a new spokesman
Jerry:  I just got my Maverick Box Set.  That James Garner never fails to deliver.

James: I think you are the world’s last James Garner fan.  You know the Rockford Files was canceled 30 years ago.  It’s time to move on.
Jerry: Garner still sells the beef, though
James: Maybe he could sell …

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[7 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

I have quite a few friends and neighbors who are traders and employees of the Chicago Board of Trade-Chicago Mercantile Exchange, who had been furiously making  Facebook posts over the last 24 hours condemning  a (rather humorously named) Blythe Masters, an Obama appointee to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Editing out a string of profanity native to Chicago traders, one of the more gentle descriptions of Blythe Masters went like this:
Blythe had much greater manipulative ambitions, namely becoming the next Enron, which we learned after than the FERC fined JPMorgan – …

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[4 Dec 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

Contrary to the Sun Times PR and our own Don Rose’s analysis, nothing about the pension reform bill that just passed in Springfield is good for the Democrats.  While very modestly good for Illinois taxpayers, this bill marks a major shift in the relationship between Government Unions and the Illinois Democratic Party.

 
Just thumbing through Pat Quinns list of sponsors, the SEIU alone has donated over $4 Million to Pat Quinn’s political campaigns.  This is the same SEIU that has now promised to sue the State of Illinois for not guaranteeing …

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[11 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

Just in case anyone has missed it, runaway Federal Spending has ground to a standstill, thanks to the 2010 Republican victories in Congress, and the ensuing 2013 sequester.
 

And, as no good deed goes unpunished, this gets Congress an 8% approval rating.
The next time you hear a ‘where is the adult in the room’ type of political whine, direct them to the the US House of Representatives, a model of sophisticated political will and execution, against all types of political pressures.
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John Powers is the President of the Chicago Daily Observer
 

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[18 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy for a presentation on the media this past Sunday at the Stevenson family farm in Mettawa, Illinois.  Sen. Adlai Stevenson III and his wife Nancy were the gracious hosts.  The Keynote Speaker was Torey Malatia, Chief Executive Officer and President of Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) who made an intriguing presentation titled “The Consequences of the Media Information Hydrant: A Nation of Silent Spectators”
 

Malatia’s premise was that people don’t really participate much in politics anymore, because they …

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[4 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]

Crain’s is running one of its vapid analysis of survey results, written by Greg Hinz (one of it’s most vapid analysts), claiming that downtown Chicago is sure a great place to do business, especially tech business.
tech-sector employers say that to attract talent, they need to cluster within that two-mile radius of City Hall, too
In which proximity to “City Hall” is something of a headscratcher. Do technology people really want to be closer to James Cappleman and Karen Yarborough for some reason?

 
 
Yet, Chicago does have it’s earnest businessmen and politicians putting …