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[17 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Reboot Illinois Editor-in-Chief Matt Dietrich has produced some head scratching articles this week. In addition to his paradoxical piece on Illinois’ new eavesdropping law (which we’ll get to in an upcoming post), he’s also written a column in which he alleges that Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D-Ill.) recent cronyist appointments is “sullying his reputation as a reformer,” much to Dietrich’s apparent shock. As Dietrich writes: Please bear with me as I make a long wind-up for a simple pitch. The pitch…

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[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

We usually expect better from the Chicago Tribune editorial page, but in an editorial today headlined, “A Democrat grooves his pitch. Illinois Republicans whiff,” it endorses a degree of state-mandated hand-holding that, frankly, we find hard to fathom. At issue was a bill sponsored by Evanston Democrat Senator Dan Biss – you know, the guy who “solved” the pension crisis – that would require employers with 25 workers or more who don’t offer retirement plans to participate in a state-run…

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[19 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

We usually try and stay away from purely racial issues here at the Mirror. First off, no matter how right you may be, how resaonble and polite you try to be, these battles usually don’t turn out well – for either side. Secondly, there are enough, more-pressing economic issues facing the black community that we don’t need to waste bytes on matters of pure race relations. But we’re going to jump into the Bill Cosby fray because a) it’s such…

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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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[28 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Chicago Sun-Times liberal columnist Mark Brown makes his unbridled contempt for personally wealthy office seekers pretty clear in his latest column. As he sees it: I particularly don’t like a new breed of uber-wealthy bullies who are intent on reshaping Illinois government more to their liking under the guise of reforming it for our benefit. …   More power to Rauner for owning nine homes and belonging to a $100,000 wine club and donating enough dough to get buildings named…

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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,…