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[14 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

Now ex-Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) sure was busy during his last days in office, as incoming Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.) is finding out. Not only did Quinn skip the official “handing over of keys” to Rauner during the inauguration to file 102 executive appointments from his administration and campaign staff on Monday morning, but turns out he also went on a $24 million spending spree on his way out of Springfield as well. What few Illinois media outlets that bothered…

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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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[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…