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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…

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[16 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

For all you hear from Illionis Democrats about the minimum wage, especially in an election year, you’d think it was the cure for Ebola, our fiscal problems, and the Cubs all wrapped up in one. But the truth is, it isn’t (not that we expect state and local media to report that anytime soon). On the federal level, for instance, Pew Research has pointed out that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), less than 3% of the national…

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[21 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

In liberal columnist Mark Brown’s latest piece for the Chicago Sun-Times, he attempts to explain why Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) boss Karen Lewis and her cult-like minions could “teach Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D-Chicago) a lesson.” What that lesson is supposed to be, I’m not sure, other than the fact that the CTU is a well-organized, well-funded political campaign machine. Brown clearly helps illustrate the latter point right off the bat: The adoring crowd that welcomed Karen Lewis to the Beverly…

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[4 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

It’s pretty well known that once hired by the government – especially in Illinois – it’s nearly impossible to lose your job, salary, or pension. A USA Today study once concluded that federal employees have a higher chance of dying from natural causes than getting laid off or fired. Turnover in Washington bureaucracies is almost non-existent. Here in Illinois, convicted state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) – found guilty by a federal grand jury for bribery and corruption – is still…

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[27 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

Eric Allie on Rahm choking off the opposition to the Lucas Museum on Chicago’s lakefront.