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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…

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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…