Jul
29

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Certain Politicians Profit from Chicago’s Skyrocketing Property Tax Bills

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As reported by Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago homeowners are once again being hammered by excessively high property tax bills. According to Cook County Clerk David Orr, residents saw an average property tax increase of 12.8 percent. However, some homeowners, especially those living in the city, saw increases as high as 77 percent.

These staggering increases are leaving many residents wondering if they can afford to stay in their homes. Crain’s interviewed one Lincoln Park couple, Jeff and Roberta Price, that is looking into moving across the border to Indiana when they retire because their property taxes, which increased 63 percent, have become so outrageous. This is bad news for homeowners and bad news for the city of Chicago, which last year experienced the greatest population loss of any major U.S. city or region.

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Jul
28

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Breaking: Dick Durbin Leads Meaningless 2018 Gov Poll

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It’s not even a slow news week, as the Democrats are having their convention in Philadelphia. But, yet, here we are with Springfield State Journal-Register columnist Bernie Schoenburg leading his Thursday column talking about a poll that even he acknowledges is completely meaningless:

Illinois Democrats are clearly looking ahead to the 2018 race against Republican Gov. BRUCE RAUNER, and a poll at this very early stage reinforces the idea that U.S. Sen. DICK DURBINof Springfield could have an easy road to the nomination. …

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Jul
27

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Media Chooses to Belittle Gov. Rauner Instead of Empowering Readers

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On Monday, Governor Bruce Rauner urged state legislators to pass a term limits amendment that would then go before a vote of the people, stating:

“Term limits is an issue I believe in deeply. And so do the people of Illinois. Term limits is supported by 80% of the people I talk to, and it seems like 80% of the politicians are opposed. Our people want term limits now more than ever, and that’s why I’m so committed to continue the fight to make it happen.”

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Jul
26

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Radical, Far-Left, Anti-Capitalist Ideology Seems Pervasive Among CPS Teachers’ Reading Lists

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Following a FOIA request and subsequent court ruling, emails were released that landed Governor Bruce Rauner in some hot water. In a 2011 email to other education reform advocates in Chicago, Rauner, who was a private citizen at the time, stated that half of the teachers in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were “virtually illiterate.” Gov. Rauner apologized to the teachers of CPS, saying his comments were “inaccurate and intemperate” and that he regretted writing them.

CPS teachers and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) quickly pounced and, taking to social media and posting under the hashtag #teachersread, the public got a glimpse of what they’re reading. The CPS teachers began tweeting pictures of books they are reading this summer, along with shots of their personal bookshelves. The selections ranged from the innocuous (“The Alchemist”) to the immature (“449 Stupid Things Republicans Have Said“), but a far more disturbing pattern emerged among the reading selections of the people who are educating our children.

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Jul
25

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Heidi Stevens Continues Anecdotal Misrepresentations of CPS Reality

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The plural of anecdote is not data.

This is an insight apparently lost on Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens.  The last time she wrote about the Chicago Public Schools system, her column was chocked full of anecdotes pretending to be representative of a larger truth.  Spoiler alert: they weren’t.

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