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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…

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[20 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

There was a bizarre piece in the Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend about the five ballot initiatives up for a vote in Illinois. Near the top of the piece, AP reporter Sophia Tareen basically told readers why they don’t really mean much. Lawmakers say the non-binding questions are aimed at taking the public’s temperature so they know how to proceed in Springfield. But at least some of the measures also have a political purpose, as part of a coordinated campaign…

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[19 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

We noted earlier that except for the usual blogs (Rich Miller at Capitol Fax), the metro dailies are silent on the flap between Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney and Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner. So it begs the question: How did Lynne Marek, a business reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business, get what could be the last big story of the election, less than two weeks before voters go to the polls? If you click on Marek’s bio over at Crain’s,…

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[19 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

We’re all for full disclosure, especially when it comes to public officials. But the Illinois media has been enjoying a bit of a double standard. The press has called for Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner to disclose more of his taxes than are required by law, and for him to disclose more testimony in a dismissed lawsuit than he has. But do the media hold themselves to the same standard? Case in point: The current dustup between Chicago Sun-Times reporter…

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[17 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

So “Mama Quinn,” Gov. Pat Quinn’s mother, doesn’t like Bruce Rauner’s ads against her son. “I’m very disgusted with the way this campaign is being handled,” Eileen Quinn said in a story penned by Sun-Times scribe Natasha Korecki. “I can’t stand the lies that [Rauner] has each time that he’s on TV. I think there’s nothing truthful about him.”  After letting Pat Quinn’s mother wax on about how wonderful her boy is, reminding readers that “he started a neighborhood newspaper…

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[15 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Given what we’ve come to expect from the Illinois media, the Chicago Tribune’s story was actually pretty balanced. “Gov. Quinn in my opinion is taking the African American vote for granted,” the paper quoted Rauner as saying. “African-American families are suffering in Illinois — brutally high unemployment, deteriorating schools, lack of proper social services and rampant cronyism and corruption that’s taking away job opportunities from African Americans.” That’s absolutely true. As we pointed out in our earlier posts, the minimum…

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[15 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Wednesday morning coverage of the Illinois gubernatorial debate is about what you’d expect from an Illinois media mostly in the tank for Gov. Pat Quinn and liberal orthodoxy. We’ll start with the Chicago Sun-Times, which leads off its coverage with a patently false accusation that Pat Quinn has used in one of his political ads against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, and pulled out again last night. “On the 27th of February of 2001, Mr. Rauner, you fired a woman executive…

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[15 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Looking at Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate between Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner – their second – the predominant theme to us was the bad questions asked by the panelists. First there was the minimum wage, an issue championed by Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and most Illinois Democrats. Given that the debate was hosted by the Chicago Urban League and  many of the questions were focused on the lack of economic opportunity in the African-American community, we…

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[13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Good piece in today’s Wall Street Journal on the much-cited CEO-worker pay gap in America. Income inequality is a key theme of Democrats’ 2014 re-election strategy, and the nation’s chief executive officers are an easy target. Before retiring to their districts for the fall, the House Democratic Caucus rallied behind the CEO/Employee Pay Fairness Act, which would prevent a public company from deducting executive compensation over $1 million unless it also gives rank-and-file employees raises that keep pace with the…