Posts in category "Chicago politics"

Bet you don't make as much as these Illinois "public servants"

Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town “managers” out-earning every U.S. governor. This is from Adam Andrzejewski‘s article in Forbess, “Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries... Read more »

Will the Chicago Teachers Union stop its bitching now?

No it won’t even though as  the Illinois Policy Institute explains: Illinois’ new education funding formula signed into law in August gave the Chicago Public Schools everything it wanted, and more. CPS got to keep its old subsidies, it got the state to pay for its pension costs and it got permission to raise property taxes yet... Read more »

Chicago-style terrorists

The comparison has been made before and it has almost become a cliche–because it’s the truth. And it bears repeating: While the debate over how to fight terrorism of the Islamist extremist type the world over is underway, Chicago has its own form of terrorism: Armed gangster punks fighting over drug turf and vengeance. John Kass... Read more »
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U.S. Supreme Court's possible challenge to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Illinoisans should pay attention to how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case challenging how Wisconsin Republicans gerrymandered legislative districts in their favor. While it would be a setback for Wisconsin Republicans it could also be a setback for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Democrats who have benefited from his gerrymandering of... Read more »

Where are the defenders of Chicago's parks?

Two huge assaults on Chicago’s historic park system are under way and who the hell seems to care? There’s the combination of two public, historic and affordable golf courses–South Shore and Jackson Park–into a single, high-end, probably expensive courses designed by Tiger Woods that will most likely shut out the the Chicagoans who can’t afford to... Read more »

What is racism?

It’s time to step back and consider what racism means. The term is getting flung around so much that it has become so generic that its meaning has become lost. The most recent example is the passionate–if not the out-of-control–criticism that has been dumped on Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss. Here is how the ADL defines... Read more »
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Rahm's latest flight of fancy: a high-speed subway train to O'Hare

Chicago’s public schools are broke, property taxes are sky high, savage gang wars rake the South and West sides, and so on and so on. So here comes Mayor Rahm Emanuel ballyhooing an out-of-sight costly subway to link the Loop and O’Hare Airport with high-speed trains. (Here and here.) Irresponsible. Nutty. Insane. The cost, disruption... Read more »

Chicago police to be schooled in free speech rights

A federal judge has approved a legal settlement that requires Chicago police be trained to respect the free speech rights of protestors who said that they were unfairly singled out by police in violation of a Chicago ordinance. With Chicago and other police departments being deluged with criticism, you might think that this action will be hailed... Read more »

Chicago's pensions to dry up in 7 years

Chicago City Wire reports: The Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago will run out of money by the year 2024, according to a model developed by actuary Mary Pat Campbell…. Using data from Truth in Accounting, Pension Tsunami, Wirepoints, and the conservative blog The Other McCain, Campbell based her cash flow model on... Read more »
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The Obama Center: The mistake on the lake

The more I read about how wonderful the Obama Center (“don’t call it a library”) will be, the angrier I become. Not just because it is a mistake on the lake–violating the spirit if not the letter of Chicago’s Lakefront Protection Ordinance*–but also because it is sailing under the false color of being a symbolic,... Read more »
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