Tag Archives: Chicago

State of the City: Blithe Comments from Rahm

Let’s see what Rahm Emmanuel has to say about his nascent mayorlty: If Rahm Emanuel had known being mayor of Chicago was this much fun, he likes to joke that he would have “primaried” his political mentor four years ago. … Continue reading

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Play the Chicago Game and Avoid Taxes

What’s so special about Lollapalooza (that thing is still going on? Jeez, it started when I was in high school…but it looks it has much fewer venues now) that it gets a $1-million-holiday from taxes? Oh, I’m sure it’s just … Continue reading

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Chicago News Update 6Mar2011

No, it’s not all about pensions with me, all the time. Other stuff happens. So, there have been elections in Chicago and Cook County recently. Some pols lost their positions. What do they do now that they’re off the gravy … Continue reading

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We Get Information (Sometimes)

Remember my post welcoming Hizzoner Emanuel to his new job? Well, it seems I misunderstood something, and the Office of the Senate President put me some facts. I’ll just post the full official statement from the office: Statement and information … Continue reading

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Congrats on the new job, Mr. Mayor!

Hey Rahm, I hear tell you’ve got a new position and all sorts of bright, shiny things in store for you. What, one of your first appointees has had to resign because of ethics questions? Not even one week into … Continue reading

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Public finance and pensions roundup 30 Jan 2011

INSTALANCHE! Howdy new readers – if you really want to get depressed, I’ve got a whole series on this subject. BANKRUPT STATES I’ll lead off with John Bury’s post adding to his argument that NJ is the most bankrupt. His … Continue reading

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HA HA – Rahm is booted from ballot

I just couldn’t wait to post this. The Illinois Appellate Court has tossed mayoral frontrunner Rahm Emanuel off the ballot, reversing the decision of a lower court. The Appellate Court reached a 2-1 decision to remove Emanuel. Appellate judges Thomas … Continue reading

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Super Chocolatey DOOOOOM: Illinois finance and pension links 24Jan2011

Looks like both Chicago and New York lost. Boo hoo. Time to get back to the real stuff. Some of these links will be repeats from prior posts… just because. Let’s start out with proof that the businesses in Illinois … Continue reading

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No Federal Bailouts: Let Them Eat IOUs

I first saw David Skeel’s proposal to make a federal law to allow for entire states to go bankrupt back in November 2010. Kenneth Anderson at The Volokh Conspiracy pointed out some real state sovereignty issues with this proposal– federal … Continue reading

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Chicago Update 11Jan2011

While waiting for the snow to drop on our heads, let’s see what Rahm has been up to in his campaigning: In contrast to his main rivals in the mayor’s race, Rahm Emanuel has told labor leaders that he favors … Continue reading

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