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[ • 18 May 2015 • No Comment ]
Over the course of his 20 years in state government, former Governor Pat Quinn paid approximately $200,000 into the pension system. If he lives to average male life expectancy, he will receive nearly $3.5 million in pension payments. But that’s an outlier in the system we should ignore. There are more than 10,000 Illinois public sector pensioneers enjoying a pension of more than $100,000 annually. But that’s an outlier in the system we should ignore. The average Chicago public teacher pension...


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[ • 15 May 2015 • One Comment ]
All this funded by the generous donations of everyday Catholics. We invite you to join Organizing Catholics for Justice and CCHD National Grantee IIRON to oppose Governor Rauner’s proposed budget cuts. These cuts will kill people, and we believe it is immoral to balance Illinois’ budget by sacrificing human lives while two-thirds of corporations in Illinois pay no state income tax. We’re demanding that Governor Rauner tax corporations and the rich so that Illinois can fulfill its basic responsibilities...


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[ • 15 May 2015 • No Comment ]
Rich Miller with a particularly inept metaphor People have been saying Chicago would become another Detroit since at least the days when Harold Washington first ran for mayor. Know what happened? He raised taxes after years of avoidance by Richard J. Daley and his machine successors and the city eventually took off like a rocket. Emanuel tried to follow the Daley path after succeeding yet another Daley. It’s a failed strategy, and it has truly endangered the city’s fiscal and economic health....


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[ • 14 May 2015 • No Comment ]
We know you want to read about the Chicago debt downgrade — which is getting even-handed coverage so far — but there’s something else that jumped out at us in this morning’s Chicago Tribune story on Senate President John Cullerton’s proposed pension reform, and it goes to the heart of what we do here at the Illinois Mirror. Early on in the story, the reporters write: The proposal emerged the same day Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan convened the entire House for a hearing that pushed...


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[ • 13 May 2015 • No Comment ]
Wednesday, June 7, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Union League Club 65 W. Jackson Blvd.  Chicago, IL 60604 A debate on the motion: Nonprofit organizations influencing government and engaging in political advocacy, including issue advertising, should be required to disclose their donors. Many nonprofits maintain that their donors’ privacy must be protected under the First Amendment and that anonymous funding of political speech can be beneficial because it encourages political...


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[ • 13 May 2015 • No Comment ]
Chicago – along with the rest of our major cities – has become inhospitable to the private sector.  They cannot abide the dirty smoke of a 19th century factory or the locked doors of a sweatshop, and they don’t know how dated their images of factories are, because the Big Government elitists who run our big cities got all they know about factories from reading some book about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire back in college, between courses on Underwater Basketweaving 101 and the Sociology...


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