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[31 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

( Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / March 7, 2011 ) Tom Donovan, left, former CBOT CEO, greets Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton before Cullerton spoke at a City Club of Chicago luncheon at a Chicago restaurant. Illinois Senate…

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[8 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

by John F. Di Leo Living in the Ring So, your boss – let’s call him Joe – is just sitting at his desk, diligently working on his computer… trying to see if his business can make it through another…

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[8 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]

From the Rich Whitney digest, The Beachwood Reporter
In this race, I am the only candidate standing up for tax and budget reforms aimed at restoring health to the public sector, especially education.

I am the only candidate who stands with the Responsible Budget Coalition and its campaign to fix our broken tax system and raise more revenue by making it more progressive, the campaign supported by your union.
I was the only candidate who stood with you and your brothers and sisters in the IFT on April 21st when we protested for …

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[4 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

• On Wednesday (July 28), Bloomberg News reported that Quinn budget director David Vaught had predicted during an interview that, in January, Illinois lawmakers would raise the income tax by 2 percentage points. Quinn, in full damage control mode, on Thursday admonished Vaught for speaking out of turn, said Vaught’s remark was “misconstrued” and added that a Bloomberg reporter from out of state didn’t understand what Vaught said. Quinn reiterated his support for a 1 percent income tax increase — sorry, a 1 percent surcharge for education — and added …

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[23 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Mayor Daley sounds sillier every time he opens his mouth. Downstaters, who are not under his direct control, can see it better than Chicagoans. But Daley sounds especially silly, and frightening, when he indulges his obsession about guns. Violence in Chicago is, indeed, out of control. Daley chooses to focus his rage on guns, rather than on the people who use the guns.

Why? Because guns don’t vote, but people do. By playing to people’s fears, Daley hopes to win a few votes from those who have lost loved one to …

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[21 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Beleaguered Republicans in Cook County have a recurring, perverse and preposterous dream: The San Andreas fault is discovered to exist not in California, but along Mannheim Road. An earthquake ensues. All the eastern landmass inhabited by blacks, Hispanics, white liberals and white ethnic Daley Democrats suddenly becomes Atlantis on the bottom of Lake Michigan.

In what’s left – Cook County’s northwest, west and southwest suburbs – the Republicans are suddenly competitive. With two-thirds of the county, including all of Chicago, underwater, how can the Republicans lose?
Answer: They can and they have. …

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[5 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

A jaw dropping 650,000 people left the job market in the US in May. That is equivalent to the entire population of Milwaukee just sitting down for a month, not working and not looking for work either. Thankfully, Washington has a plan to get us back to prosperity, that shows what we get when we turn over our liberty to our smartest president ever: A new tax on Tanning Beds.

Brilliant! Only those vain people of pallor will get stuck footing the bill, but the entire nation will benefit …

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[31 May 2010 | One Comment | ]

Now a distinguished fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Edgar, 63, is seemingly a voice of a Republicanism from another era, touting the virtues of bipartisanship and middle-of-the-road solutions.
He has lately ruffled some feathers in his party by breaking with Bill Brady, the Republican nominee for governor, and calling for an income tax increase favored by Governor Patrick J. Quinn, the Democratic incumbent, to help close a budget deficit of $13 billion in the coming year.

Mr. Edgar cringes at Tea Party bombast and …

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[23 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

The public-sector Unions are showing their muscle in Springfield and using that old canard that “the children will suffer” unless the General Assembly moves to give the employees a pay raise. That’s a lot of rot.

Illinois is now second only to California in its billions of dollars of debt. But the only thing we hear from Governor Quinn and General Assembly leaders is a push to raise taxes once again. Whoa there! There is another way and it won’t cause even more manufacturers, businesses, and residents …

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[22 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

My goodness, the Hike Up Your Taxes rally at Springfield Wednesday where thousands of recipients of state largesse are shouting “more!” has Rich Miller of Capitol Fax blog in ecstasy. He streamed all the news and ordered his “interns” to follow it closely.  Oh, the Humanity! Capitol Fax both the newsletter and blog is known as the unalloyed cheerleader for expanded state services. Faithful to every murmur of the Madigans…almost lip-synch with the Democratic establishment… the letter and blog are nevertheless a rich compendium of information.  Everywhere I used to go …