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[ • 14 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
Despite the fact that there are a lot of sad and angry supporters of Bernie Sanders, whose ultimate intentions are not yet predicable, last week may have been the inflection point in the presidential race, tilting it more Democratic: –Hillary Clinton, to no one’s real surprise, became the presumptive nominee and got an immediate boost in the polls. I expect this trend to continue as this week’s polls come in, which I expect will show 5-8 point leads for Clinton, outside the...


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[ • 9 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
For years, Illinois has found the municipal-bond market open whenever it needs to raise money, despite budget deficits, worst-in-the-nation pension shortfalls and a political paralysis so severe it’s headed for a second year without even a blueprint for what it should be spending. It’s about time to shut the doors on Illinois, says BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest money manager. “We as municipal market participants should really be penalizing in some way, by almost not giving...


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[ • 8 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
Let ‘s momentarily leave the dreary world of Donald Trump, Rahm Emanuel, Bruce Rauner et al  to recall the day early in 1980 when I was in a studio to make a radio spot featuring Muhammad Ali endorsing our mutual friend Bob Wallace, who entered an uphill Democratic primary  for the U.S. Senate against Illinois Secretary of State Alan Dixon. I put a large-type, 60-second script on a stand in the glass-walled recording booth. I am hunched over the control panel with the engineer when I get...


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[ • 8 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
Four degree programs at Western Illinois University may be eliminated this month following years of poor enrollment and low graduation rates. Administrators recommended that majors in African-American studies, philosophy, religious studies and women’s studies all be cut from the curriculum at the dual-campus institution in Macomb and Quad Cities. Western’s board of trustees is scheduled to vote on the matter at its Friday meeting. Should trustees approve the cuts, it would mean no new...


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[ • 5 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
Between 2009 and 2014, more than a fifth of law enforcement agencies in Illinois did not report to the FBI on whether any hate crimes had been committed in their communities in spite of the federal agency’s push to track such crimes, according to an Associated Press analysis of FBI data. Starting next year, though, a new state law will carry at least the threat of losing out on some funding if agencies don’t file such reports. Most of the Illinois agencies that either failed to make...


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[ • 3 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
The Chicago Teachers Union held a press conference yesterday to help set the table for their inevitable strike later this year.  They rattled their sabres for new taxes and blamed everyone for the current state of Chicago Public School except for themselves. (Rich) Miller offered this commentary: Yes, the city needs to put some skin in the game. And, yes, the state has a very real responsibility for its largest school system. But the CTU has to do its part as well. And that pension pickup is a...


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