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[ • 16 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
Alternate headline ‘Has-Been Rich Miller Running up the Bill‘ New information provided to the Illinois Mirror by Open The Books* shows that Rich Miller’s Ahead of Our Time Publishing received $222,021.76 in taxpayer dollars between 2005 and 2013.  When combined with the $34,000 Miller has received so far in FY2014, as revealed by the Comptroller’s Ledger website, that brings the total to a rather incredible $256,021.76. Over a quarter of a million dollars.  For Capitol Fax.  Paid...


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[ • 16 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
This “Captain Adorable” photo from the Daily Digg, Digg’s daily e-mail, saluting the little dictator.  Here’s the AP on it at SF Gate.
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[ • 16 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
Republican Senate candidate Jim Oberweis disclosed Tuesday that he and his wife had an adjusted gross income of more than $1.3 million last year, and he asserted that his opponent, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, is also in the ranks of millionaires.   At a tea party rally in St. Charles, Oberweis led the crowd in a chant: “Millionaire. Career politician. Dick Durbin. Must go.” Durbin has not yet disclosed his 2013 tax return, but in 2012 he and his wife, Loretta, a lobbyist in Springfield,...


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[ • 15 Apr 2014 • No Comment ]
From Curbed Chicago   Construction is now well underway for two sections of the new Riverwalkproject that will transform the downtown riverfront into a pedestrian-friendly park concept that is expected to (hopefully) pump more tourism dollars into the Loop area. It’s been about a year since the city received a $100M loan from the US Department of Transportation to expand the Riverwalk, and despite the ruthless winter Chicago has had, construction began around February. According...


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[ • 14 Apr 2014 • One Comment ]
I’ve seen 6 of the 8 planned episodes of CNN’s  “Chicagoland” series and formed some distinct views, which might be modified by the final two episodes, but I will be out of the country and miss them. Meanwhile these are my thoughts.   CNN presents a very limited perspective on the city, with every episode devoting most of its hour to: (1)   Reports of gun and gang violence and scenes of mourning mainly on the city’s black South Side intercut with scenes in hospital emergency rooms where...


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In FY2013, Rich Miller’s Ahead of Our Time Publishing received $44,000 in taxpayer money for subscriptions to Capitol Fax.     That’s right, your money is paying for politicos and government functionaries to read his political gossip. For some context, Illinois per capita income is $29,519, and the media household income is $56,853. Now, of course, cutting $44k in spending isn’t going to balance the budget or fix our pension crisis.  But just remember that when you hear Rich...


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