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Illinois Agrees To Reform Of Parole Revocation Process

By The Roderick And Solange MacArthur Justice Center
Landmark settlement will provide attorneys to parolees unable to afford legal counsel in revocation hearings.

Posted on January 25, 2017

The Real Forgotten Americans

By Leonard Steinhorn/BillMoyers.com
Campaign events tell the real story of who's forgotten and who isn't, and the verdict is clear: White working-class voters in the Rust Belt are far from forgotten, but impoverished areas that have no Electoral College value are completely ignored.

Posted on January 21, 2017

State Tax Incentives To Corporations Don't Work

By Joshua Jansa/The Conversation
There is scant evidence to support the argument that targeted incentives produce economic growth. Rather, the record shows they tend to fail to achieve their intended goals.

Posted on January 19, 2017

Boeing Joins New Lobbying Group To Defend $8.7 Billion In State Tax Breaks

By Alwyn Scott/Reuters
Chicago-based company opposes efforts to make the aerospace tax breaks, passed in 2013, dependent on Boeing maintaining minimum employment levels.

Posted on January 18, 2017

Just Eight Men Own Same Wealth As Half Of Humanity

By Nika Knight/Common Dreams
"We have a situation where billionaires are paying less tax often than their cleaner or their secretary. That's crazy."

Posted on January 17, 2017

The Invention Of The White Working Class

By Les Leopold/Common Dreams
Race is always a social construction, a human invention used to create a hierarchy of power. It is not genetics. It is not biology. And in the case of the "white working class," it's not even accurate sociology.

Posted on January 16, 2017

How Union Contracts Protect Bad Cops

By Reade Levinson/Reuters
Over the last 40 years, cities have bargained away the power to discipline police officers.

Posted on January 14, 2017

GOP Further Eviscerates Oversight By Changing Little Known Records Rule

By Lauren McCauley/Common Dreams
Congressional documents now the property of the Member, not the government (and thus, not available to investigators).

Posted on January 11, 2017

What The U.S. Can Learn About Hate Crimes From The U.K.

By Patrick G. Lee/ProPublica
Surprisingly, the incidents often did not involve the likeliest of suspects: the fringe, ultra-nationalist and Neo-Nazi groups.

Posted on January 10, 2017

Calling Working People Of All Colors

By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson/Common Dreams
The best way for progressives to realign themselves with the white working class is to argue forcefully that the economic concerns of the white working class and people of color are more alike than different.

Posted on January 9, 2017

Billionaires Celebrate Their Own Social Security Freedom Day

By Dave Johnson/Common Dreams
Just 100 CEOs have company retirement funds worth $4.7 billion - a sum equal to the entire retirement savings of the 41 percent of U.S. families with the smallest nest eggs.

Posted on January 7, 2017

150 Wall Street Firms Own Over $1.5 Billion of Trump's Debt

By Lauren McCauley/Common Dreams
"As president, Trump will be responsible for regulating entities that he also owes money to."

Posted on January 6, 2017

Obama Picks Up The Pace On Commutations, But Pardon Changes Still In Limbo

By Sarah Smith/ProPublica
While Obama's commutation numbers have accelerated, they do not, as the White House has put in press releases, exceed those of the last 11 presidents combined.

Posted on January 5, 2017

Budget Cuts Taking Heaviest Toll On Neediest Students

By Jon Marcus/The Hechinger Report
States disproportionately subsidize schools whose students are wealthier, whiter.

Posted on January 4, 2017

Detentions, Suspension And Expulsion Do Not Curb Violent Behavior

By Lee Kern/The Hechinger Report
When schools apply highly punitive and restrictive procedures, problem behaviors such as rebellion toward teachers, vandalism against school property, absenteeism and truancy actually increase.

Posted on January 3, 2017

Older Americans Pushed Into Poverty As Feds Garnish Social Security For Student Loan Debt

By Deirdre Fulton/Common Dreams
"Predatory and counterproductive."

Posted on January 2, 2017

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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