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[19 Jan 2018 | One Comment | ]

Mike Houlihan, the long time chronicler of all-things Chicago, Irish and Political (and the mix of all the above) has written “Nothin’s on the Square” a short account of the last mayoral election in Chicago, pitting Jesus “Chuy” Garcia against Rahm Emanuel in a contest between two very different (while both being left wing) Democrats for control of Chicago’s executive office.

Mike as “Houli” is one of those Chicago guys who can get away with referring to himself in the third person, while keeping a sane outlook to the reality of …

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[29 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

The (multiple shark jumping) Chicago Reader and Ben Joravsky,  have started a big story at Chicago’s Amazon Bid, claiming that
Say Amazon hires someone at $100,000 to program computers at HQ2. Normally that employee would pay $4,950 to the state for things like road repaving, policing, education, and so forth. With the current tax rate of 4.95 percent, the hipster essentially pays up to $4,950 to his boss at Amazon.
It was picked up nationally and internationally, where The Independent (UK) breathlessly tell us
Amazon HQ2: Chicago offers tech giant $1.32bn of its worker’s income …

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[18 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

Former Demcoratic New Jersey Governor and Senator, Jon Corzine has settled civil claims against him and his firm MF Global for misuse of customer funds.  Corzine will pay a $5 Million fine and be permanently banned from trading in Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulated products.  Corzine was not charged with criminal wrongdoing, and the five-year statute of limitations has run out on criminal charges for Wire and Financial Fraud.
Corzine has been a long time favorite of the Chicago Daily Observer, reporting a long string of free-passes to the political fundraiser and insider. …

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[26 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

Should we believe the James Bullard, President and CEO – Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis when he tweets
Bullard: By nearly any metric, U.S. labor markets are at or beyond full employment https://t.co/f8py7wnCIT pic.twitter.com/wFuopZ42Un

— St. Louis Fed (@stlouisfed) May 26, 2016

Or the St. Louis Fed showing 9 million people leaving the workforce since 2016?

What would we do without the experts at the Fed making economic policy for the United States?

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[16 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

With two precincts still to report, Aaron Goldstein held a narrow 143 vote lead over incumbent Dick Mell in the race for 33rd Ward Democratic committeeman, a post Mell has held for 40 years, according to unofficial election results as of Wednesday morning.

Goldstein was holding onto 50.72 percent of the vote versus 49.28 percent for Mell. Votes from the fifth and 19th precincts had yet to be tallied.

Read more in DNAinfo

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[26 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

One of they many joys of having small children is staying up all hours reading, while a two year old decides if it is appropriate to return to sleep at 2AM or just doze off while his father finishes a chapter. Earlier this month, my interruptible choice of topics was a travelogue of trips to see “treasured objects or talismans of great antiquity”, including a chapter on visiting the Holy Crown of St. Stephen of Hungary.

Says the author “Probably no other single national symbol is so passionately regarded as the …

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[27 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Pope Francis, in one of his frequent lectures on his perceptions of economics, has taken on a market near and dear to Chicago, and all of Illinois, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange which he condemns in a June 17th address
In this regard, speculation on food prices is a scandal which seriously compromises access to food on the part of the poorest members of our human family.  It is urgent that governments throughout the world commit themselves to developing an international framework capable of promoting a market of high impact investments, and …

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[24 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Golf Course has changed name in Evanston/Wilmette.  New name is Canal Shores.  Previous names have included
Peter Jans Golf Course
Evanston Wilmette Golf Course
Frank Govern Golf Course
The current name is Canal Shores Golf Course.

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[16 Jun 2014 | One Comment | ]

I first met Jack Roeser in 2007 at a meeting with John McCain at the Union League Club.  I had no business being there, but the journalist (and founder of the Chicago Daily Observer) Tom Roeser invited me to fill the small meeting room, along with Don and Roma Wade and a few other from Conservative Media and politics.  Jack was effervescent and shaking hands with everyone in the room, joyfully thanking people for being part of his coalition.  McCain said a few boilerplate phrases and was as awkward up …