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[ • 14 Jul 2017 • One Comment ]
Mike Madigan, like that poetic old gray mare, just ain’t what he used to be. The speaker is no longer the undisputed master of Springfield. He has failed his members; he has failed his party; and he may have insured the 2018 re-election of Illinois Republican governor Bruce Rauner. By passing a personal and corporate income tax hike, and a $36.1 billion budget, Madigan has done precisely what he has been trying to avoid for more than 700 days – hang the blame on the Democrats. Madigan...


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[ • 14 Jul 2017 • No Comment ]
Illinois finally got a budget and Governor Bruce Rauner finally got his comeuppance.   After 738 days without a budget that included a highly necessary increase in revenues, last Friday the Illinois House over-rode Rauner’s veto of a bipartisan tax-increase. That ended a wild holiday  week of both Senate and House passing the tax increase, Rauner vetoing it, the Senate over-riding the veto with the help of one Republican and Speaker of the House Madigan finally delivering the goods aided...


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[ • 12 Jul 2017 • No Comment ]
Last week came the momentous first meeting of two of the world’s great liars–both heads of state, but as different in style as Sinatra and Eminem. There was Vladimir Putin, smooth, experienced, savvy in world affairs and the former spymaster for the old Soviet Union. Then there was our very own Trump, inexperienced on the world stage and in diplomacy, erratic, undisciplined and often self-contradictory–he once even lied that he had previously met Putin face to face.    With...


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[ • 27 Jun 2017 • 2 Comments ]
From Teamsters Local 727 Can the Tax Rally, June 27 June 19, 2017 Please save the date for the Can the Tax campaign’s rally to be held on Tuesday, June 27th, at the James R. Thompson Center’s outdoor plaza (100 W Randolph St.) from 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. Attendees are asked to arrive no later than 10:15 AM. The rally will bring together coalition partners to highlight the sizable amount of opposition to the beverage tax and call on the Cook County board to repeal the beverage tax before it negatively...


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[ • 26 Jun 2017 • No Comment ]
From the Times of Israel   A parade in Chicago celebrating the lesbian community banned three Jewish women carrying Jewish Pride flags. Organizers of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March told the women that the rainbow flags with a white Star of David in the center would be a trigger to people who found it offensive. A Dyke March collective member told the Windy City Times that the women were told to leave because the flags “made people feel unsafe,” and that the march was “anti-Zionist”...


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[ • 16 Jun 2017 • No Comment ]
How to stop mentally ill political terrorists? For starters, stop giving them tenure, commencement speaking gigs, and parade floats — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 15, 2017 Please note I am not talking about people I disagree with, I mean literal terrorists. Ayers, Dohrn, Angela Davis, Oscar Lopez Rivera. — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 16, 2017
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