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[15 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Federal agents went to the home of Cook County Circuit Court (sic: Clerk) Dorothy Brown last week and seized her cell phone, a source has confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The visit seemed to indicate that an ongoing probe of Brown’s husband, Benton Cook III, has now expanded to include Brown herself.
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[12 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

“Mr. Solomon would pick on unsuspecting victims, minor female students, most of whom suffered from an eating disorder, anorexia, bulimia, psychological self-doubts about themselves, alcohol and substance abuse, and prey on them,” said Anthony Scarino, the lawyer who represented District 219 in its push to remove Solomon from his job there, according to a transcript of the state administrative hearing in 1999.

In an email to a female student, Solomon allegedly asked, “Do you think you are a good flirt?” according to the transcript.
A day later, he wrote to the same …

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[24 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

As a migrant to the United States, it was especially gratifying to watch Francis say very positive things to say about America. The word “liberty” was used no less than five times, “freedom” seven times, and “subsidiarity” (a Catholic expression for protecting liberty) twice. He also invoked America’s “spirit of enterprise,” and repeated what he’s said elsewhere: that “Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world.” And while insisting that more needs to be done to address poverty, the pope also exclaimed, “How much has …

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[10 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

Big government programs nurture big business and crony capitalism. Obamacare set off a wave of mergers and proposed mergers in the insurance business, hospitals and other medical professions. Will bigger be better for medical care?

Massive federal regulatory legislation after the banking crisis of the Great Recession has perversely made banks too big to fail only bigger. Mortgage-lending standards, the original sin of the housing collapse, are headed lower again.
President Barack Obama, by virtue of his personal story and history-making election, had the opportunity to be a powerful unifying figure. Instead, …

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[22 Jun 2015 | One Comment | ]

When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years.
Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government Association show.

Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved …

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[11 May 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

A Sun Times Op Ed tells us that, rather than the multitude of abuses and rackets at Chicago State, something else may be the cause of Chicago State’s woes
It is important to understand why Chicago State University is different from most universities, starting with the fact that CSU serves a non-traditional student population. Seventy percent of the students are female, 83 percent are black or Hispanic, the average age is 30 years old and nearly 60 percent of students come from homes below the federal poverty line.

When CSU students graduate …

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[29 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Dan Walker, former governor of Illinois, died Wednesday at age 92 at his home in Chula Vista, Calif., according to his son, Dan Walker Jr.

Walker, a Democrat, was elected in 1972. He was a Montgomery Ward executive who had burst into prominence in 1971 with his epic 1,197 mile walk across the state, from Kentucky to the Wisconsin border. He was charismatic, with a broad smile and a thatch of hair often described as worthy of a Kennedy.
He defeated incumbent Gov. Richard Ogilvie, 51 percent to 49 percent, in the …

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[23 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Days after Pat Quinn lost the November election, Chicago’s busiest film studio asked the lame-duck governor for a hefty state grant to buy industrial land around its West Side campus, where “Chicago Fire” and other TV shows and movies are produced.

Three weeks before Quinn left office, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios got a $10 million check from the cash-strapped state of Illinois.
The check’s been cashed. But the studio has yet to buy any land, and the owners of six properties listed in the studio’s grant application say they have no plans …

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[6 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois on Thursday, bursting into flames and prompting officials to suggest that everyone with 1 mile evacuate, authorities said.

The BNSF Railway train derailed about 1:05 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, according to company spokesman Andy Williams.
The train had 103 cars loaded with crude oil, along with two buffer cars loaded with sand.
Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times
image subtle reference to simple solution to oil transportation

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[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Continuing a week of protest over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the Rev. Michael Pfleger on Sundayinterrupted Mass — leading worshipers out of the pews at  Saint Sabina Catholic Church and into the street.
“We are taking a stand with our young people,” Pfleger said, referring to those who have been protesting around the country. “I have never been more proud to be an American citizen than right now. We got your back, we are going to fight with you.”

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