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[ • 13 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
On the heels of exposing graft and corruption in Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative comes a Chicago Sun-Times story that his Urban Weatherization Initiative has fallen short of its stated goals. Illinois legislators created the Urban Weatherization Initiative in 2009, promising that as much as $425 million in taxpayer money would go to train an army of workers in predominantly African-American neighborhoods to identify and fix energy-efficiency problems in homes. The initiative...


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[ • 10 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
There was more disappointing coverage of the hearings into Gov. Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in Friday’s papers. The Chicago Sun-Times, which has been doing the most to help the governor, made former Quinn chief of staff Jack Lavin’s testimony – and excuses – the focus of its story. The key point for us was Lavin’s contention that the neighborhoods that received the $54.5 million weeks before the 2010 election that Quinn narrowly won against Republican challenger Bill...


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[ • 9 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
In case you missed it The Beverly Area Planning Association hosted the forum in the wake of racist graffiti that was spray-painted on several cars, garages and buildings over a two-day span beginning late Sept. 19. The Beverly Area Planning Association hosted the forum in the wake of racist graffiti that was spray-painted on several cars, garages and buildings over a two-day span beginning late Sept. 19.DNA Chicago There is nothing that tickles my fancy more than any opportunity to scratch and sniff...


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[ • 8 Oct 2014 • One Comment ]
In a Sept. 5, 2010 email to Ben Nuckels, then Quinn’s campaign manager, Lavin outlines strategies to appeal to African-American voters by employing President Barack Obama and several black congressmen from Chicago and producing an ad with a “typical African American family, particularly women” that could show “why [Republican Bill] Brady would be a disaster.” “The African American community tends to break late so we have some time,” Lavin wrote. “The Gov’s Neighborhood Recovery...


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[ • 8 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
Jeff Berkowitz interviews Vince Kolber on Public Affairs TV.
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[ • 7 Oct 2014 • No Comment ]
For endless years every time our government gets into a serious discussion with Mexico or a Central or South American country about shutting down the drug trade, the typical–and accurate–response goes something like this: “You Americans are the biggest part of the problem. You have such an overwhelming appetite for (fill in your favorite drug here) that you are the biggest and best customer of the cartel. They would not produce or export so much without your insatiable desire and...


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