Archive for May 2014

Raze Wrigley Field

Here’s a guy–Cubs owner Tom Ricketts–who is willing to spend a half billion dollars of his own money to improve the beloved, but decrepit, Wrigley Field. But at every turn, he has been stymied by a band of Lilliputians, the latest being Mayor Rahm Emaunel, put off by not being the first to view the latest... Read more »

De Paul University racists vote to have school divest in Israel

Racist too strong to describe the DePaul students, faculty and others who demand that the Chicago university rid itself of any investments connected to Israel? No. Because if these morons were more interested in human rights violations than in advancing their anti-Isreal (i.e. anti-Semitic) campaign, they would also have the university dump any investments in... Read more »

Is the number of same-sex marriages vastly overstated?

Pew Research Center says it is possible. Other research seems to be bearing it out: In new research presented at this month’s Population Association of America conference, bureau analysts reported that the 2010 census overcount of same-sex married couples may have been even worse than previously reported. When researchers matched census records for individual couples with... Read more »
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Illinois using its state plane to fly in birds

As Illinois sinks further into catastrophic debt and contemplates making the last “temporary” income tax increase permanent. there’s a report that the state is using its own airplane to fly prairie chickens to Downstate counties. As often as 14 times. At a cost of nearly half a million dollars. Is there no end to it?... Read more »

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speeding tickets mysteriously disappear

Kudos to the ABC7 News team for putting together this report about Mayor Rahm Emanuel speeding through red rights and school zones. And how how those tickets he was issued (the infractions were caught on those speed and red-light cameras) mysteriously disappeared. I loved Ron Major’s remark at the end of the report about how... Read more »
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NOW fails again to squash Pro-Life Action League and other abortion protesters with RICO

Just how small-minded and vindictive the National Organization for Women is was revealed for all to see last week in the federal appeals court here. That’s where NOW got slapped down for the latest chapter in its decades-long effort to club pro-life activists into bankruptcy with the federal racketeering law known as RICO. The 7th... Read more »

The predicted unraveling of the expansion of O'Hare International Airport

The northwest suburbs that sold out to Chicago in exchange for the support of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s ill-conceived expansion of O’Hare International Airport are now paying the price on two fronts: A $3.4 billion new tollway (Elgin-O’Hare expressway) that was supposed to lead a new O’Hare western terminal and spur massive economic development in... Read more »
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