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The Rahm Emanuel TIF Game: Slush Funds And Shovelfuls Of Cash

By Jesse Sharkey/CTU Vice President

It's not every day that I read American Banker, but then again, not every day does a story involving Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the trial of President Donald Trump confidant Paul Manafort and a Chicago bank CEO pop up.

And, to be honest, I don't even care about the Manafort part. The real bombshell are the shamefully creative ways that Chicago's mayor shovels cash to the connected at the same time he cuts funding for schools, mental health facilities and city services for the rest of us.

This particular Chicago bank CEO, Stephen Calk, received $3.6 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds from Emanuel for creating "new" jobs. In effect, Calk received the money for laying off people from a bank he was closing and hiring them at a new bank he was building. Naturally, the mayor took this opportunity to crow at a press conference - as is his style - about all the new jobs he and the bank were creating.

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Posted on August 18, 2018

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Posted on July 31, 2018

'Complete Joke' | Democrats Ripped for Totally Failing to Grill FCC Chair Ajit Pai Over Net Neutrality Cyberattack Lies

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
There were many opportunities to talk about how the FCC misled the press and mistreated reporters. That should have been the story of this hearing, but nah.

Posted on August 17, 2018

Not Saying John McCain's Name Is Least Vile Thing About Trump's Signing Of $717 Billion Military Spending Bill

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
"Can't think of anything that better sums up the moral bankruptcy and cliquishness of D.C. media than the uniform meltdown over a $717B defense bill not being properly credited to McCain as if that's the goddamn problem."

Posted on August 16, 2018

A Conservative's Conservative Before He Was Nominated And An Open-Minded Jurist After

By Helen Marie Berg, Abigail DeHart, Leah Litman and Lark Turner/Take Care
Before the nomination, Kavanaugh's supporters depicted him as a "warrior" for conservative causes like religious liberty, and as someone who would never go soft on issues like abortion. After the nomination, Kavanaugh's backers depicted him as an open-minded jurist whose views are genuinely unknown on a litany of issues, including abortion, and have suggested he should be evaluated based on his credentials and qualifications alone.

Posted on August 13, 2018

The Rahm Emanuel TIF Game: Slush Funds And Shovelfuls Of Cash

By Jesse Sharkey/CTU Vice President
The real Manafort trial bombshell: The shamefully creative ways that Chicago's mayor shovels cash to the connected at the same time he cuts funding for schools, mental health facilities and city services for the rest of us.

Posted on August 18, 2018

E-Mails Show Trump White House Lied About U.S. Poverty Levels to Discredit Critical UN Report

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
Despite the fact that the UN analysis cited government statistics to bolster its claims about poverty in America, the Trump administration opted to draw from a report by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, which concluded that 250,000 Americans are living in extreme poverty - a stark contrast to the U.N.'s conclusion that the correct number is 18.25 million.

Posted on August 7, 2018

Cook County Republican Party Grapples With Admitting Democrats Into Leadership

'Let me introduce you to some of the fine citizens that this amendment would admit'
Madigoons welcome?

Posted on August 6, 2018

"Don't Be Evil, Unless It's Worth Untold New Riches"

By Jeff Johnson/Common Dreams
Whistleblower reveals Google plan to launch censored search engine in China.

Posted on August 2, 2018

Alternate Universe | SCOTUS, The Constitution, Freedom And Your Health

By Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet
We stand at the crossroads of liberty or despotism. That much we agree on.

Posted on August 1, 2018

Inside The Union Refund Lawsuits

By Aaron Tang/TakeCare
Sending unions into bankruptcy because they mistakenly trusted the U.S. Supreme Court would be more than a blow to middle-class workers; it would be a serious danger to the rule of law.

Posted on August 8, 2018

Disrupting Education The NFL Way

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Introducing the Rooney Rule may not solve the problem on its own, but it can help to change a culture of racism and discrimination that's blocking black and brown teachers from helping students get to the goal line of graduation.

Posted on July 24, 2018

The Bearable Lightness of Janus

By Aaron Tang/TakeCare
Workers would actually be better off financially under a direct reimbursement regime than a pre-Janus fair share regime.

Posted on July 23, 2018

Immigrant Infants Too Young To Talk Called Into Court To Defend Themselves

By Christina Jewett and Shefali Luthra/Kaiser Health News
Once a judge asked for a crying baby to be removed from the courtroom. The judge was informed that the baby was the next respondent on the docket.

Posted on July 20, 2018


Compare And Contrast
Kids edition.

Posted on July 19, 2018

Jeff Bezos Just Became The Richest Person Ever. Amazon Workers Just Marked #PrimeDay With Strikes Against Low Pay And Brutal Conditions.

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
Strikes against Amazon's notoriously appalling working conditions - which include forcing warehouse employees to skip bathroom breaks and urinate in bottles to meet the company's unrealistic performance expectations - come as Bezos is coming under growing pressure to address his treatment of employees.

Posted on July 18, 2018

A Sweet New Century For America's Most Privileged

By Sam Pizzigati/
Something has gone horribly wrong.

Posted on July 31, 2018

How The Fight Against Affirmative Action At Harvard Threatens Wealthy Whites

By Daniel Golden/ProPublica
A corrupt admissions process favoring legacies, families of note, prep school athletes and kids of donors favors wealthy whites.

Posted on July 16, 2018

A Little Girl's Daddy Is Never Coming Home

A Statement By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
Our city is in crisis.

Posted on July 15, 2018

MUSIC - The Week In Chicago Rock.
TV - Jake Tapper's Medicare For All Fact-Check Fail.
POLITICS - Dems Fake FCC Oversight.
SPORTS - The Ex-Cub Factor.

BOOKS - Trying To Prove God Exists.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Foxconn Flooding Alert.

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