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[25 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

We’ve long suspected – heck, we’ve had no suspicions – that the Chicago media doesn’t much like Rahm Emanuel. He’s too aloof, too dismissive of their often silly questions, and, frankly, too rich. The union-member press corps had collectively thrown its weight behind  Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, then health problems forced her out of the race. Next up was Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who will face Emanuel in the runoff. Although the press loves to write about money and…

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[18 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

It’s clear that despite Illinois’ terrible performance numbers over the last decade (worst credit rating in the nation, worst funded public pension system, highest debt, highest unemployment in the Midwest, largest exodus of residents in the Midwest, etc.), Capitol Fax curator Rich Miller would rather advocate maintaining the status quo than doing anything to reverse the bleeding. He, as well as many other members of the media, has repeatedly used dramatic language to describe Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order halting mandated “fair share” fees for unions – on the grounds that…

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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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[16 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D-Ill.) has released her legal opinion on how filling the vacant Comptrollership should proceed based upon her office’s interpretation of the Illinois Constitution. She believes one appointment can be made now to finish the last four weeks of Judy Baar Topinka’s term and a new appointment will have to be made to serve Topinka’s next-elected term until a special election. Madigan goes on to say that a special election is not constitutionally required in Illinois but…

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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Sometimes you have to take what you can get and call it progress. That’s what we’re doing with the front-page story in today’s Chicago Tribune on Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and the Illinois pension crisis. The piece is mostly an even-handed look at the fact that a key ruling — albeit from a lower court — is due today. Making his first post-election appearance at the Capitol on Thursday, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said he hopes the Illinois Supreme Court eventually will…

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[3 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

We love it when journalists profess to have no opinion, then go on to spout opinions. Carol Marin, the NBC 5 political editor, you may recall, was caught up in the dust-up around Chicago Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney and Bruce Rauner. McKinney wrote the story and Marin read whatever the half-dozen or so writers working on her broadcast typed into the teleprompter. Last week, she weighed in on the whole affair in a piece entitled “The job of…

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[3 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Wall Street Journal editorial page has a good piece today on what’s at stake in Tuesday’s elections. Liberals have broadcast Tuesday’s election as a referendum on center-right tax and government reform, with Governors in tight races like Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Sam Brownback of Kansas as special targets. Funny how they’ve ignored that several tax-raising Democratic incumbents or their would-be heirs are in trouble too. The piece goes on to talk about at-risk Democrats in Connecticut, Maryland and…

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[3 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Sun-Times has a piece today about “O Block,” deemed by Chicago Police and others “the most dangerous block in Chicago.” They call it “O Block.” It’s a notorious stretch of South Side real estate known for violence. On maps, it’s the 6400 block of South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. But it’s just O Block to people there and in frequent references to the street in the blood-drenched lyrics of Chief Keef and other Chicago rappers. The…

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[27 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission in 2010 and 2014, respectively, liberal pundits in the media and Democrats on Capitol Hill have lambasted those opinions claiming the rulings to be a secret plot conspired by “conservative lawyers and, ultimately, the help of the whole Republican Party” to allegedly work in the GOP’s favor come election time. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)…

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[26 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Chicago Sun-Times bureau chief Dave McKinney famously resigned this week after Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner called his bosses. Rauner politely asked that a disclaimer be put in McKinney’s stories, telling readers that McKinney’s wife co-owns a Democrat media consulting firm that’s making anti-Rauner ads for Gov. Pat Quinn. Reading today’s New York Post, we’d suggest if McKinney’s skin is too thin for a mild rebuke from a North Shore millionaire, he may not want to send his resume to…