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[ • 24 Aug 2014 • No Comment ]
Federal grand jury subpoenaed emails of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s former chief of staff and two other onetime top aides as a criminal probe into a botched $54.5 million anti-violence grant program continues ahead of the November election. The subpoenas, disclosed by the Quinn administration in response to a Tribune open records request, shows the grand jury asking the state for the emails of Jack Lavin, who served as Quinn’s chief operating officer and later as his chief of staff until...


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[ • 22 Aug 2014 • No Comment ]
NIU is blocking Wikipedia Northern Illinois University is restricting students’ access to certain websites. For their own good, of course. The internet is a dangerous place, and we wouldn’t want students inadvertently coming across something controversial, now would we? Students who attempt to visit an unauthorized site through the campus network are redirected to a creepy “Web Page Access Warning.” The “warning” is that the students are about to go somewhere that probably violates NIU...


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[ • 21 Aug 2014 • No Comment ]
Hstess Brands said Wednesday it will close its Schiller Park bakery, where Twinkies and other iconic sweets have been produced for 84 years, affecting about 400 employees. Union officials said they were notified of the closure on the same day they were set to start negotiating a new labor contract. About 280 of the workers had voted to unionize in May. The plant, among only four remaining Hostess bakeries in the country and the last left in Illinois, is expected to close Oct. 19. Twinkies were invented...


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[ • 21 Aug 2014 • No Comment ]
“Truth,” Albert Einstein once said, “is what stands the test of experience.” This week, the website BuzzFeed decided to give five fervent anti-gun liberals an experience they would never forget: shooting guns. The resulting video is amazing in more ways than one. No one, you’ll be pleased to learn, was shot, despite the best efforts of one participant, who, after her first shotgun blast, enthusiastically swung her weapon directly at her Los Angeles Gun Club instructor, face beaming—and...


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[ • 20 Aug 2014 • No Comment ]
A whole bunch of words and phrases aptly describe the Illinois state treasurer’s contest, none of which have yet registered a blip on the votes’ radar: Not. Most. Why? Nobody. Uh-oh. Stay Put. Plan No. Mess. And, lastly, Blame George Bush. Here’s a synopsis. NOT. As a job, being state treasurer is not rocket science. It’s just arithmetic. State revenue is generated from taxes and fees; it is collected by the treasurer; it is invested by the treasurer for maximum return; and, periodically,...


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[ • 19 Aug 2014 • No Comment ]
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is sliding down that legendary slippery slope. A series of polls, including some sponsored by both daily newspapers, shows a steep decline in popularity since his overwhelming 2011 victory, placing his approval rating around 36 percent. Numbers like that for an incumbent, even six months from the February 3 nonpartisan election, typically emit an aroma of defeat–especially an unrelieved decline with no hint of reversal. Earlier polls suggested that despite Emanuel’s...


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