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MuckReads: How America Sucked In 2014

By Terry Parris Jr. and Hanqing Chen/ProPublica
Broken: Law enforcement, the church, capitalism, and human hearts.

Posted on December 30, 2014

The Beachwood Radio Hour #37: The Rahm Referendum

By Steve Rhodes with Ethan Michaeli
Can politics by subtraction win?

Posted on December 28, 2014

Bankers Brought Rating Agencies 'To Their Knees' On Tobacco Bonds

By Cezary Podkul/ProPublica
Wall Street pressed S&P, Moody's and Fitch to assign more favorable credit ratings to their deals and bragged that the raters complied. Now many of the bonds are headed for default.

Posted on December 26, 2014

The Beachwood Radio Hour #36: Red-Light Rahm's Rear-Enders

By Steve Rhodes
City Hall causing crashes to balance budget. Plus: The Illinois GOP's War On Christmas; Bruce Rauner's Secret Act; and China's Christmas Village.

Posted on December 22, 2014

Obama Issues 12 Pardons. That's Still Far Fewer Than Predecessors

By Theodoric Meyer/ProPublica
In a classic Chicago Coincidence, former Merc member a rare recipient.

Posted on December 19, 2014

Human Rights Organizations Urge Passage Of Reparations For Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By Amnesty International
#RahmRepNow.

Posted on December 16, 2014

Trailer: Chicago Public Schools: Closed

By The School Project
"We had a policy called Renaissance 2010 - the district would open 100 new schools in five years." A city shakes its head.

Posted on December 16, 2014

The Beachwood Radio Hour #35: Don't Feed The Comptrollers!

By Steve Rhodes with Mike Knezovich
The truth about Judy Baar Topinka. Plus: Hate Worldwide and Rahm vs. the Leftovers.

Posted on December 14, 2014

Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined The Red Cross's Sandy Relief Effort

By Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger/ProPublica
Working with the much more effective Occupy Sandy was prohibited because the Red Cross was afraid elite donors would be upset.

Posted on December 11, 2014

The Tortured History Of The Senate's Torture Report

By Kara Brandeisky and Sisi Wei/ProPublica
A tale of White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition, and CIA snooping.

Posted on December 10, 2014

The Beachwood Radio Hour #34: John Kass Can Breathe

By Steve Rhodes
That's easy. But thinking is hard. Plus: Rahm's Kinky Campaign Kickoff; The Worst Reporter In Chicago; The Illusory Raise In Chicago's Minimum Wage; Who Polices The Chicago Police? The Chicago Police.

Posted on December 8, 2014

Big Changes In Fine Print Of Some 2015 Obamacare Plans

By Charles Ornstein, Lena Groeger and Ryann Grochowski Jones/ProPublica
Consumers of one Illinois plan will see their deductible increase by $4,800.

Posted on December 5, 2014

Colleges That Pledged To Help Poor Families Have Been Doing The Opposite, New Figures Show

By Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker/The Hechinger Report
Despite pledges at a White House summit, colleges and universities are raising prices on poor kids while giving more aid to rich kids.

Posted on December 3, 2014

Illinois FOIA Under Attack (Again)

By The Illinois Public Interest Research Group
Bullshit on parade.

Posted on December 2, 2014

MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
TV - Cricket vs. Brexit.
POLITICS - An Odd Call From Bermuda.
SPORTS - All Is Not Forgiven, Bears.

BOOKS - Turning Points Of The Civil War.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Baxter's IV Bag Shortages.


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