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[24 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

There’s a cautionary tale in The New York Times about the media jumping to conclusions and advancing a narrative when they know little of the facts. Unfortunately, this is the 999th such tale and we doubt it’ll make much difference. But here we go… You may recall a few months back that newspapers and magazines were filled with stories about the “culture of rape” that exists on college campuses across the country. The stories said that about 1-in-4 women had…

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[19 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Well, the press won’t have Aaron Schock to kick around anymore. The 33-year-old Republican from Peoria, the first-ever representative to the U.S. Congress born in the 1980s, has resigned as of March 31.  Apparently, Schock has done some terrible things to trample on the trust his constituents placed in him.  He has misused public money and campaign funds. Well, at least the press thinks so. Like a lot of these stories — Iraq WMDs, Trayvon Martin, Ferguson — the press is sure…

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[10 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

We wrote Friday about how the press has been all over College of DuPage President Robert Breuder and his fairly generous pay package. The Chicago Tribune looked at Waterleaf, the college’s culinary school restaurant, decrying it’s $250,000 wine cellar and $60,000 works of art on its walls. We wrote: Clearly, if the College of DuPage has money for an upscale restaurant that loses $500,000 a year, as well as a $250,000 wine cellar and $60,000 pieces of artwork – all…

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[5 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Teri O’Brien – Given all the earth-shattering stories occupying everyone’s attention over the last couple of weeks, including the mystery of deflated footballs and Bruce Jenner’s gender-bending drama, I think I can be forgiven for not noting an importance…

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[13 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

That’s a legitimate question after a bruising gubernatorial campaign, the cold, critical shoulder he’s been given since winning, and the slanted coverage of his inauguration. Here’s a little roundup of how the Illinois media have portrayed the new governor’s first days in office: Sun-Times worried about media access Never mind that the press hasn’t had much access to President Barack Obama over the past six years, the fact that the new governor limited press access to some of his inaugural…

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[5 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

We noticed over the holidays that the Illinois media continued a theme that was begun before all the ballots were counted in the governor’s race and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner was declared the winner: Solving the state’s budget problems are solely his responsibility. On Sunday, the Chicago Tribune wrote a lengthy front-page story that did nothing to advance a tired story they’ve been telling for two months now: On his path to becoming Illinois’ next governor, equity investor Bruce Rauner boasted he would…

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[5 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

We’ve been enjoying the Chicago Sun-Times’ series, “Faces of Minimum Wage.” Mainly because the big-city tabloid can’t seem to find anyone who actually makes either the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or the Illinois minimum wage of $8.25. In its latest installment, the paper profiles Chiquita White, the owner of Kiwi’s Boutique. She has one full-time employee who makes $12.50 an hour, well above the current minimum wage. Worse yet, even if White never gave her employee…

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[23 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

A new Chicago Tribune study confirms what many have already suspected for years: the city’s red light cameras have done more to generate revenue than deliver any of the promised benefits they were sold upon, particularly regarding public safety benefits. Nearly half of the Chicago red light cameras included in a new Tribune study did nothing to make drivers safer and may have caused an increase in injury-related crashes.   Researchers hired by the Tribune to analyze the effects of…

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[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

We usually expect better from the Chicago Tribune editorial page, but in an editorial today headlined, “A Democrat grooves his pitch. Illinois Republicans whiff,” it endorses a degree of state-mandated hand-holding that, frankly, we find hard to fathom. At issue was a bill sponsored by Evanston Democrat Senator Dan Biss – you know, the guy who “solved” the pension crisis – that would require employers with 25 workers or more who don’t offer retirement plans to participate in a state-run…

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[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Windy City’s connection to President Barack Obama never seems to get old, and that’s often bad for the administration. This past week, U.S. attorneys filed a motion to have Dr. Eric Whitaker, a long-time friend of Obama since their days as grad students at Harvard, declared a hostile witness in the trial of Chicagoans Leon and Karin Dingle. The Chicago Tribune, in a story last Wednesday by Ray Long, offered a balanced approach to Whitaker and the Dingles, which…