Posts in category "Crony capitalism"

A free speech victory in Illinois

A free speech victory in Illinois
In July of 2009, I wrote a piece at Gaper’s Block that detailed the strange case of Burton Siegal of Skokie, a man being sued simply for using a word. Siegal–a practicing engineer who once designed a device installed onto a NASA moon lander–was sued by a former customer who alleged Siegel and his company, Budd... Read more »

Illinois should become one, big free enterprise zone

Illinois should become one, big free enterprise zone
This week, a bipartisan committee of Illinois senators began hearings on “enterprise zones,” areas the government provides with special treatment to stimulate economic activity. Illinois began enterprise zones in 1982 to spur economic development in depressed areas of the state. Enterprise zones enjoy relaxed regulations, tax incentives, and, according to the Department of Commerce and... Read more »

South Side Woman Sues the IRS

South Side Woman Sues the IRS
This morning, a small business owner in West Woodlawn is taking a stand against perhaps the most unpopular agency of the United States federal government: the Internal Revenue Service. At stake is her ability to earn a living by helping people to prepare their tax returns. Sabina Loving has joined two other plaintiffs to challenge... Read more »
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How government enriches the wealthy at your expense

How government enriches the wealthy at your expense
This afternoon I attended a luncheon hosted by the Heartland Institute, a long-running, Chicago-based libertarian think tank based downtown. They presented Peter Schweizer to discuss his new book ‘Throw Them All Out.’ Schweizer’s book–which I haven’t yet read–discusses the ways federal legislators members of the executive branch profit from public service legally. Today he spoke of... Read more »
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