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Illinois 2018 Primary Campaign Notebook 1: MAGA, Mendacity & Moby Mike

By Steve Rhodes

First in a series: The GOP candidates for governor.

Ah, the irony: Incompetent serial liar vs. Trumpist.

Undercovered - and underappeciated - about the Jeanne Ives campaign (perhaps because reporters love a close race and would love to see an upset just for the drama of it, as well as an earned dislike of the sitting governor) is that she's not just a hard-right, rock-ribbed conservative, but a full-fledged Trumpist.

"Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives spoke at the [MAGA] rally because she wants voters to know she voted for President Trump and still strongly supports him," Northern Public Radio reported in November, as just one example. "She said, 'I believe in the policies that he's implemented to date. I believe in following our federal laws. I believe in arresting illegal immigration so that we can support workers in our state first.'"

She backs Trump through-and-through. And the sitting governor whom she's challenging is not about to make an issue of it. That's where we're at, as they say.

Continue reading "Illinois 2018 Primary Campaign Notebook 1: MAGA, Mendacity & Moby Mike" »
Posted on March 18, 2018

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By The Beachwood Bookmaking Bureau
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Posted on January 8, 2018

The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After The U.S. Invasion

By Medea Benjamin and Nicholas J.S. Davies/Common Dreams
Numbers are numbing, especially numbers that rise into the millions. But please remember that each person killed represents someone's loved one.

Posted on March 16, 2018

A Plea: Do What Katherine Gun Did

By Normon Solomon/Common Dreams
If you don't know who Katharine Gun is or what she did, chalk that up to the media power of the war system.

Posted on March 9, 2018

County Fairs Urge Rauner To Release Funding

By The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs
"Local county fairs provide both measurable economic benefits and immeasurable community benefits to Central and Southern Illinois communities."

Posted on March 8, 2018

DIY Gunshot Treatment In Chicago

Most Cops Not Trained In First Aid
"Ujimaa Medics trains local kids as young as 12 on how to treat gunshot wounds and how to manage crowds at the scene of a shooting."

Posted on March 14, 2018

When Parents Cheat To Get Their Child Into A "Good" School

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Many consider it good parenting to lie, wield political power and circumvent rules.

Posted on March 6, 2018

The Illinois Libertarian Convention Over The Weekend Was Apparently Bonkers

By Jon Stewart/Losing Libertarian Candidate for Governor
If he'd only brought his wife to break the tie . . .

Posted on March 5, 2018

What Does Research That The NRA Doesn't Want Funded Show?

By Julia Conley/Common Dreams
That gun restrictions save lives, duh.

Posted on March 2, 2018

14 Ways To Keep Youth With Mental Health Conditions Out Of Jail

By The Illinois Mental Health Opportunities for Youth Diversion Task Force
Of the nearly 30,000 youth arrests and 11,000 youth admissions to local jails in Illinois each year, research consistently suggests that approximately 70 percent meet the diagnostic criteria for having a mental health condition, and at least 20 percent live with serious mental health condition, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression, and other conditions that severely impair their ability to function.

Posted on March 7, 2018

Leaks Reveal Just How Bad The New York Times' Editorial Page Editor Is At His Job

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
News staff embarrassed by the section's climate change denier and near-hiring of a columnist who is pals with neo-Nazis, among other missteps.

Posted on February 28, 2018

An Assault Weapon Proposal

By Steve Balkin
A way forward that would allow gun enthusiasts to use and enjoy their assault-style weapons within a secure regulatory framework.

Posted on February 26, 2018

The Paradise Papers: 'Africa's Satellite' Avoided Millions Using A Very African Tax Scheme

By The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
A PowerPoint presentation from the Paradise Papers reveals a company that would earn $936 million over 17 years, but never pay taxes above $300,000.

Posted on February 22, 2018

Politico: 'Shady Bosses' Stealing $15 Billion In Wages From Low-Income Workers

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
The "sobering" findings come as overall wage growth in the U.S. remains sluggish, even in the face of soaring corporate profits and CEO pay.

Posted on February 20, 2018

The Paradise Papers: Last Stop - Chicago

Asiaciti's Offshore Marketing Tour Of The U.S.
"Bell came to the United States as a teen and worked his way through college and graduate school. He attended the University of Chicago's business school, graduating near the top of his MBA class . . . He started cooperating with prosecutors soon after his arrest at his Chicago-area home in the summer of 2009."

Posted on February 15, 2018

Little Village Shocked By Power Plant Plan

By The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
We are disappointed that Emanuel and Ald. Ricardo Munoz have already publicly proposed a plan and are pushing it forward without the involvement of our community as stipulated in the original Guiding Principles for site redevelopment agreed to with former coal plant owner Midwest Generation.

Posted on February 14, 2018

The Paradise Papers: Journalists Flee Venezuela To Publish Investigation

By Amy Wilson-Chapman/The International Consortium Of Investigative Journalists
Read the harrowing story of Joseph Poliszuk and his team, who are working to publish more stories despite the oppression they face.

Posted on February 13, 2018

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