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27

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23 of 29 Major IL Cities are Shrinking, But Sure, Let’s Talk about Champaign

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Tacked on to the end of this Capitol Fax post that I addressed here, is this note about population growth in Champaign:

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Champaign is among the nation’s faster-growing cities.

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May
27

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Some Jobs are More Equal than Others

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One of the public policy areas where I think Governor Bruce Rauner has it wrong is on marijuana policy.  He’s been resistant to expanding the state’s medical marijuana program, and his support for the recent marijuana decriminalization legislation has been tepid, at best. It does seem, however, that he’ll sign that bill.  So that is good news.

Now that we’ve had some time to observe that marijuana legalization in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado has not resulted in anything like the post-apocalyptic-landscape-from-a-bad-Kevin-Costner-film predictions from pearl-clutching opponents, I find the continuing resistance to moves in that direction to be difficult to understand.

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May
25

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A Tale of Two Statehouse Rallies

Taxpayer Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

Last week, the Illinois Policy Institute held a rally at the State Capitol for Taxpayer Advocacy Day.  The event was covered by Rich Miller at Capitol Fax with exactly the kind of dismissive derision that you would expect from Rich Miller.

You can read the whole post here, and there really isn’t much to it.  He scare-quotes “rallies” in the title.  He posted a picture of the turnout which he describes as “a bit light:”

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May
24

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Chicago Teachers Union Looks to Punish Teacher for Doing His Job

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On April 1st, the Chicago Teachers Union walked off the job for one day in a preview of the full-on strike that is likely coming to Chicago at some point this year.

When they did so, the union issued a threat to their membership not to cross the picket line and show up for school on that day, lest they face the consequences.   Here’s what I said about it at the time:

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24

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A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Words, and They’re All Ridiculous

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My occasional penchant for hyperbole notwithstanding, I really think that this could be the most ridiculous and ridiculously unfair attack I’ve seen from Capitol Fax‘s Rich Miller in quite a while.

First, the set up from Miller: He posts this tweet and picture from WBEZ reporter Lauren Chooljian from the ILGOP Convention in Peoria this weekend:

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