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[20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois media’s double standard when it comes to covering Democrats and Republicans continues to roll on. Earlier today, we wrote about how Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune wrote a piece in which he admired House Speaker Mike Madigan’s use of budget gimmicks to protect money for schools in his district and those of other senior Democrat leaders. Now we get Natasha Korecki, the sometimes reporter/sometimes columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, blithely accepting the fact that Speaker Madigan isn’t…

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[20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

When we first started the Illinois Mirror to critique media bias, we thought our task would be somewhat difficult. Silly us. The Illinois media’s bias in favor of Democrats, labor unions, the minimum wage, nearly every social program to be initiated, re-appropriated, or otherwise funded is supported full on, regardless of past performance or in the face of common-sense economics. So it came as no surprise to us that a front-page piece in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune about how House Speaker…

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[1 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

If  you want to see what passes for a “balanced view” in the Illinois media, look no further than Mark Brown’s column in Tuesday’s Chicago Sun-Times. He admits that “there is fat in the government,” but in terms of solutions he’s all about more revenue, i.e. raising taxes. He begins by talking about social services groups that want “longer-term revenue solutions.” That’s code for “grab your wallet.”   Organizers conceded that their “progressive revenue platform” calling for higher income taxes on the…

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[11 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

One of the criticisms of the modern media culture is the “News Analysis” piece. Pioneered by The New York Times in the 1980s, it’s basically a gimmick that allows what are supposed to be objective reporters to give their informed opinion on the beats they cover. “News Analysis” pieces are especially popular among political reporters because instead of simply stating the facts, the writers are allowed to tell readers what they really think. In Illinois, these “think pieces” proliferated during…

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[24 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

There’s a story in today’s Chicago Tribune on the cuts that Gov. Bruce Rauner was forced to make because last year the Democrats shorted the current budget by some $1.6 billion in a move of stunning political calculation. At first glance, it’s just another in a long line of stories about how mean Bruce Rauner is, picking on our most vulnerable citizens.   The administration will make roughly $106 million in cuts to the Medicaid health care program for the poor,…

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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois press corps must be aghast that “rookie” Gov. Bruce Rauner seems to be holding his own against veteran Springfield pols Mike Madigan and John Cullerton. That’s in marked contrast to what the press gleefully wrote shortly after Rauner was elected. The tone and tenor of stories from November to January was basically, “It’s one thing to win an election, now let’s see you govern.” Indeed, the press was looking forward to House Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton showing the…

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[25 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

You wouldn’t know it from reading the coverage in today’s papers, but Gov. Bruce Rauner got most of what he wanted in coming up with a fix to the current budget that’s running out of money, a deliberate tactic put into place by former Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature last May. The Chicago Tribune story is headlined, “Rauner, lawmakers on track for short-term budget fix.” Reboot Illinois put out a story this morning that deemed Rauner and…

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[24 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

It’s no surprise that the union members who make up the bulk of the press corps are rushing to defend their union brethren against big, bad Bruce Rauner. But the story that reporter Natasha Korecki wrote in today’s Chicago Sun-Times leaves out a number of facts in the so-called “fair share” union dues case that is making its way through the courts. Three state of Illinois employees who say they are forced to pay dues to unions of which they’re not members…

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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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[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

We hate to keep citing out-of-state media as the best source for honest and open discussions about Illinois’s ballooning pension crisis, but facts are facts. There’s a great piece in today’s Wall Street Journal by Gerald Skoning, a Chicago labor and employment lawyer who, despite presenting some pretty damning evidence, vows to stay in Illinois, which he calls “the deadbeat state.” Ouch. The Land of Lincoln has accrued a $111 billion unfunded liability for government workers’ pensions—up 75% from five…