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What to do about the whining class

Speaking of whiners. (Tribune photo) In complaining that America had become a “country of whiners,” retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley unloaded a speech that no candidate would dare give during a campaign. The speech raises a question: Why didn’t this Daley show up sooner? He said we whined about the Japanese taking us over in the 1970s... Read more »

Jim Edgar: Bravo for the big tax increase!

( Tribune photo by Antonio Perez / October 23, 2008 ) Former Gov. Jim Edgar and former Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch hold a press conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago to urge Illinoisans to vote “no” on the Nov. 4 referendum about holding a constitutional convention. How nice that former Gov. Jim Edgar, whose... Read more »

2010 Illinois State Pensions: 4,200 Over $100,000 Up 27% From 2009

Top pension of $402,418 exceeds president Obama’s salary of $400,000. Here’s the deal: Public sector employees point out that many of them don’t get social security. They should be glad. Private sector workers must work 45 full time years to get $28,000 max social security at age 66. Public  sector employees pay 8 percent to... Read more »
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