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Obama Isn't Following Through On Pardons Promise, Says His Former Pardons Attorney

By Sarah Smith/ProPublica
A resignation letter from the president's recently departed Pardon Attorney lays out at least one reason why.

Posted on March 31, 2016

Public Universities Must Do More - The Public Needs Our Help And Expertise

By Andrew Maynard/The Conversation
There's a stark disconnect between personal aspirations and institutional expectations in many of our public universities that severely limits their role in serving local communities.

Posted on March 28, 2016

Kankakee Statues Saga Takes Mayberryesque Turn

By Ed Hammer
Small-town frenemies disturb the peace.

Posted on March 24, 2016

We Helped Uncover A Public Health Crisis In Flint, But Learned There Are Costs To Doing Good Science

By William Rhoads, Rebekah Martin and Siddhartha Roy/The Conversation
It can mean burning bridges to potential funding, and damage to your name and professional reputation. There also are emotional costs associated with distinguishing right from wrong in moral and ethical gray areas, and personal costs when you begin to question yourself, your motives and your ability to make a difference.

Posted on March 23, 2016

Terrific Reporting On Trump

By Sarah Smith/ProPublica
The short-fingered vulgarian in all his psychopathic glory.

Posted on March 17, 2016

The Beachwood Radio Hour #74: Smells Like Free Speech Spirit

By Steve Rhodes
Talkin' #TrumpRallyChi. Including: Now You're Trump; Obama Has Been A FOIA Disaster; and Hillary (And Obama) vs. Trump.

Posted on March 13, 2016

Trying (And Trying) To Get Records From The 'Most Transparent Administration' Ever

By Justin Elliott/ProPublica
I experienced firsthand the incompetence and neglect behind Obama's failure to make good on his FOIA promises.

Posted on March 11, 2016

2015 A Banner Year In Illinois Corruption

By Dick Simpson and Thomas J. Gradel
"We catalogued 27 convictions, 28 indictments, the launching of 11 corruption investigations, and the sentencing of 30 convicted elected officials, government employees, and private sector individuals who engaged in schemes that ripped off taxpayers' money."

Posted on March 11, 2016

Why Is It So Difficult To Rein In Wall Street?

By Suhaib Riaz, Sean Buchanan and Trish Ruebottom/The Conversation
Hint: Bankers' bullshit.

Posted on March 9, 2016

U.S. Can't Find Anyone At Citigroup To Pin Fraudulent Loans On

By Nate Raymond/Reuters
No criminal charges for selling billions of dollars of toxic mortgage bonds.

Posted on March 8, 2016

U.S. Watchdog To Probe Fed's Lax Oversight Of Wall Street

By Jonathan Spicer/Reuters
The probe, which had not been previously reported or made public, is the first by an outside agency into the perception that government regulators are "captured" by and too deferential toward the bankers they supervise, so that Wall Street benefits at the public's expense.

Posted on March 7, 2016

Remember Bill Clinton's Phony Executive Pay Cap? It's Even Less Effective Than We Knew

By Allan Sloan/ProPublica
The Apple change is an example of how U.S. companies, in the process of making shareholders happy by putting executives' compensation at risk, have also managed to make an end-run around the 1993 law that was supposed to limit federal tax deductions on top officers' compensation to $1 million a year per executive.

Posted on March 5, 2016

Ex-Con George Ryan To Personally Appeal For Statue

By Ed Hammer
Former governor is scheduled guest speaker at fundraiser.

Posted on March 3, 2016

Winnetka Dude Wins $750K For Blowing Whistle On Rigged Stock Market

By Suzanne Barlyn/Reuters
Tipped off the SEC that NYSE gave certain customers a head start on trading information.

Posted on March 2, 2016

Corporate Campaign To Ditch Workers' Comp Stalls

By Michael Grabell/ProPublica and Howard Berkes/NPR
Company plans were supposed to provide equal benefits to workers' comp. But in its unanimous ruling, the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission compared that notion to "a water mirage on the highway that disappears upon closer inspection."

Posted on March 1, 2016

MUSIC - The Week In Chicago Rock.
TV - Cricket vs. Brexit.
POLITICS - Trailer: Swing District.
SPORTS - Ryan Pace's Narratives Are Killing Us.

BOOKS - Chicago For Dummies.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - The Sears Motor Buggy.


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