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Next up: A Chicago ordinance prohibiting a restaurant from opening up next to an existing one

If you follow the logic in Cook County Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos’ decision to ban food trucks from within 200 feet of an existing restaurant in the interests of “balancing” competition, Chicago should also ban new restaurants from opening next door to existing ones. According to the Chicago Sun-Times: A Cook County judge on Monday upheld... Read more »

2016 is the worst year for Illinois manufacturing since the end of the Great Recession

According to the Illinois Policy Institute: The Illinois workforce shrank by 22,000 people in August, according to a new report by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES. Unemployed people dropping out of the workforce was the entire cause of the unemployment rate dropping to 5.5 percent from 5.8 percent on the month.  Read more. Read why... Read more »

If you're reading newspapers, you're probably an old person

Reading newspapers is a habit from the past. You could ride the CTA or the Metra predecessor commuter trains and everyone was buried in a newspaper. Hard to imagine these days. Now, readers are abandoning newspapers even faster at an “alarming” rate, reports Poynter.org The 13th annual Pew Research State of the News Media Report... Read more »
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My new freelance writer website

You may know me as a Chicago Tribune contributing op-ed columnist and prior to that a journalist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News. But I’m also a freelance writer, editor and author with a wide variety of experience and talents that can help clients put informative and interesting copy on their website,... Read more »

Minimum wage increase forces closing of indie bookstore

Borderlands Books, a San Francisco independent bookstore, is closing because it cannot afford to pay the higher minimum wage imposed by the state of California. It announced on its website: So it fills us with sorrow and horror to say that we will be closing very soon. In November, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a... Read more »

Jobless rate increases in Illinois; dips in other states

The  jobless rate increases in Illinois while 16 other states were enjoying their lowest unemployment since  the start of the Great Recession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that Illinois’ seasonally adjusted jobless rate in October, 2013 was 8.9 percent, a rate exceeded only by Michigan, Rhode Island and Nevada.  That 8.9 percent was... Read more »
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Time Out Chicago's new owners are idiots for letting Rob Feder go

…for jettisoning (or letting go) columnist Rob Feder.  Time Out Group has purchased Time Out Chicago and one of the casualties is the popular and outstanding media reporter/critic Robert Feder. Reported the Tribune: The deal, valued at a reported $4 million, was struck with Time Out Chicago owner Joe Mansueto, who launched the publication in 2005.... Read more »

Illinois gun debate's funniest, most insulting or ridiculous 'analogy.' Vote

  Is there a more apt phallic symbol than a gun? Maybe Illinois State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) didn’t have that in mind when he said said in House debate that depriving him of his gun is like castrating him. I first thought it was funny, but when you add the rest of the quote, it’s one... Read more »

Illinois rings some GONs and goes deeper in debt

It is amazing that while Illinois is approaching financial disintegration, politicians are devising ever-new ways to borrow and spend. Thus: GONs. GONs (government-owned networks) furnish high-speed Internet connections to schools, offices, research labs, coffee shops, hotels, libraries, homes and so forth in competition with existing, private sector providers like AT&T and Comcast. GONs depend on... Read more »
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Barack Obama wins; Illinois company loses $1 million order

There’s one small businessman who had ordered $1 million in earth-moving equipment from Illinois-based Caterpillar Inc., in the hope and expectation that perhaps the economy will turn around. This is a Republican contractor I know who had put aside his dislike of President Barack Obama’s punitive small business policies to place a bet on the... Read more »
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