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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Here at the Illinois Mirror we spend more time reading newspapers and listening to news radio than is probably healthy for moderately sane human beings. But our job here is media critique, so we have to get a good sense of what’s going on out there in the vast media landscape, including the far reaches of the blogosphere. Having said that, even we are a bit perplexed by a Chicago Sun-Times Early and Often piece written by our old friend Natasha Korecki and headlined, “Karen Lewis…

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[6 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

We hate to keep pointing out stories where out-of-town media seem to be doing a better job of covering Chicago politics than the two metro dailies in town. But it seems to be a trend. Case in point is the International Business Times feature, picked up by Crain’s Chicago Business for its Morning 10, asking questions about ties between the Emanuel administration and Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal and work his law firm has done for the city…

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[5 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Teri O’Brien – Given all the earth-shattering stories occupying everyone’s attention over the last couple of weeks, including the mystery of deflated footballs and Bruce Jenner’s gender-bending drama, I think I can be forgiven for not noting an importance…

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[5 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

We’ve been enjoying the Chicago Sun-Times’ series, “Faces of Minimum Wage.” Mainly because the big-city tabloid can’t seem to find anyone who actually makes either the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or the Illinois minimum wage of $8.25. In its latest installment, the paper profiles Chiquita White, the owner of Kiwi’s Boutique. She has one full-time employee who makes $12.50 an hour, well above the current minimum wage. Worse yet, even if White never gave her employee…

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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Crain’s Chicago Business had an editorial cartoon over the weekend, laying the onus for fixing the state’s pension crisis squarely on the shoulders of Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. Never mind that the problem – Illinois’s biggest fiscal mess by far – was decades in the making and Rauner hasn’t even been sworn in yet. Well, as we often say here at the Mirror: What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. So we’re laying the responsibility for every…

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[1 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Sun-Times did some excellent investigative work on sentencing for gun crime convictions in Cook County, ultimately finding that those who violate gun laws are given bare minimal sentencing and serving even less prison time than that. As the report states: Cook County judges aren’t throwing the book at people convicted of gun crimes, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.   One year in prison is the minimum sentence in Illinois for illegal possession of a gun. The maximum…

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[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who once famously advised President Obama not to let “a good crisis go to waste,” is jumping into the fray over Illinois’s “temporary” state income tax. From this morning’s Chicago Tribune: “I don’t know what those are, I don’t know what that is,” Emanuel said when asked about Rauner’s stance on the issue of pro-business reforms. “I’m for something specific. I’m for the minimum wage, have been all my life … but when you say pro-business,…

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[6 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Great piece in today’s Wall Street Journal about the effects of raising the minimum wage on small businesses, which create most of the jobs in this country. Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, looks at President Barack Obama’s propsoal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. Will a 40% minimum-wage increase improve this picture? No. Let’s examine how it would affect a restaurant franchisee, a typical small business owner attempting to run a profitable enterprise….

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[21 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Reading the short story in the Sun-Times about Ken Griffin’s $1 million donation to Republican Bruce Rauner’s campaign reminded us of two things: How much the media likes only certain parts of the Bill of Rights; How they try and distort voters views on who’s “rich” in politics. For instance, Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney was sure to include in the first paragraph of his story that Griffin is “one of Illinois’ wealthiest political patrons.” One of? You mean he’s not…

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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois chapter of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) have called for Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a decision on whether she’s running the teachers union, or running for mayor of Chicago. From their press release: (Emphasis mine) “With a $40,000 contribution to her mayoral campaign, President Lewis has made it clear she is running for Mayor, but she has also said that she will force negotiations over a new teacher’s contract this year,” DFER-IL State Director…