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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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[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…

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[13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

On the heels of exposing graft and corruption in Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative comes a Chicago Sun-Times story that his Urban Weatherization Initiative has fallen short of its stated goals. Illinois legislators created the Urban Weatherization Initiative in 2009, promising that as much as $425 million in taxpayer money would go to train an army of workers in predominantly African-American neighborhoods to identify and fix energy-efficiency problems in homes. The initiative would put people to work in economically…

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[13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

We give a rare tip of the hat to our old friend Rick Pearson at the Chicago Tribune this morning for telling voters exactly what’s behind the slew of ballot initiatives this election year. The piece doesn’t pull any punches, starting with the headline: “Democrats pack Illinois ballot with referendum questions.” The referendum-packed ballot here has been driven by Democrats who hope to lure their voters to the polls in a nonpresidential year, when turnout historically falls off. With Democrats…

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[13 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Chicago Tribune repoter Rick Pearson helped Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D-Ill.) with his class-warfare narrative against Republican candidate Bruce Rauner’s on Saturday in his story headlined: “Rauner made $60.1 million last year, tax returns show.” Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner made $60.15 million last year — up from $53 million the year before, according to cover sheets of his tax returns his campaign released Friday. Buried beneath that is the fact that Rauner also paid $17.25 million in federal and state…