Posts tagged "Illinois"

Bruce Rauner shows hypocrisy on term limits, Illinois comptroller appointment

Bruce Rauner shows hypocrisy on term limits, Illinois comptroller appointment
In 2010, I ran against the late Judy Baar Topinka for Illinois comptroller and came in second in a tough three-way primary battle. For that reason and others, too numerous to mention, the Illinois comptroller’s office has a special significance to me. Since Topinka’s passing, media have praised her journalistic background and her ability to... Read more »

Did Rahm Emanuel, Bruce Rauner violate SEC pay-to-play rules with pension-tainted cash?

Did Rahm Emanuel, Bruce Rauner violate SEC pay-to-play rules with pension-tainted cash?
Pension birds of a feather flock together – so the saying goes. It is no secret that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner are bosom friends and business partners.  However, according to an investigation by reporter David Sirota at IBTimes.com, the two also appear to have something else in common:  serious violations... Read more »

KELLY: Why I'm not drinking the Bruce Rauner Kool-Aid

KELLY: Why I'm not drinking the Bruce Rauner Kool-Aid
Over the past few days, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s numerous paid supporters have come out on social media to shriek, attack, rage, and castigate those Independent, Republican, and Democrat voters who have not yet partaken of the ‘Rauner Kool-Aid.’ They demand: Drink it! Nope, I won’t drink the Kool-Aid. With disgust, I’ve read the... Read more »
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THE CHICAGO WAY: Why Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel are (REALLY) helping Uber

THE CHICAGO WAY: Why Bruce Rauner and Rahm Emanuel are (REALLY) helping Uber
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – During the 1920s, Al Capone’s infamous syndicate carried out their bloody reign of bootlegging and racketeering terror with impunity. With Big Bill Thompson, Chicago’s last Republican Mayor, in his pocket Capone had nothing to fear. If questioned by police, Capone’s thugs merely presented them with cards issued by Thompson that read: “To... Read more »

Shades of Steubenville: 4 Woodstock students charged in sexual assault posted online

Shades of Steubenville: 4 Woodstock students charged in sexual assault posted online
Chicago, Illinois - Recalling the shocking the 2012 Steubenville rape case that made national headlines, 4 Woodstock students have now been charged in the sexual assault of a 15 year-old girl in Illinois. To date, national media have eschewed mention of the case, which, unlike Steubenville, has some racial overtones, and the question is why.... Read more »

Bruce Rauner may be behind attacks on Rutherford, GOP candidates

Chicago, Illinois - GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner – and close friend of Rahm Emanuel – has long denied he has anything to do with the mysterious attacks against his Republican opponents by out-of-state committees and cloaked donors. But in the wake of the latest allegations against Illinois treasurer Dan Rutherford reported Friday, Rauner’s denials are... Read more »
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Rauner company tried to cheat employees for millions, lawsuit claims

Chicago, IL, Jan. 23, 2014 – On the heels of a scathing report that GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s firm GTCR has been linked to nursing home deaths and abuse, comes word that the firm’s company, Cardinal Logistics, was sued by hundreds of employees who claimed they had been misclassified as independent contractors so the... Read more »

WLS Co-Host Dan Proft Grilled on Cicero, Donors at Elmhurst College

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WLS Co-Host Dan Proft Grilled on Cicero, Donors at Elmhurst College Chicago, Illinois – Plummeting radio ratings are not the only thing WLS co-host Dan Proft is battling these days. Proft appeared recently at an Elmhurst College lecture series while, simultaneously, his assistant struggled to keep the rumor of a second run for governor alive... Read more »

Illinois Policy Institute's tax-exempt status should raise IRS red flags

Chicago, Illinois, June 26, 2013 – On Tuesday, the Illinois Policy Institute hosted a symposium on “digital learning” at the Union League Club in Chicago.  Unfortunately, an Illinois Policy Institute symposium is never just a “symposium.” This “symposium” comes right on the heels of a nasty defeat for Illinois Policy Institute staffers involved in the... Read more »
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More questions about Illinois Policy Institute's financial interest in Illinois Virtual Charter School

More questions about Illinois Policy Institute's financial interest in Illinois Virtual Charter School
Chicago, Illinois, June 10, 2013 - Capitol Fax reported late last week in its subscriber email blast that Illinois Policy Institute has flatly denied that its staff have any financial interest in the Illinois Virtual Charter School plan and the millions in local school district tax dollars at stake. Illinois Policy Institute’s sputtering denial was... Read more »