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Illinois Mon Jul 06 2009

Progress Illinois: Budget Stalemate Means Things

The good folks over at Progress Illinois are doing yeoman's work: they are tracking just how the budget impasse in Springfield is in fact harming actual real people, not just abstract line items. They are mapping the programs and organizations impacted, and asking for your help in tracking just who is being hurt.

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Good Luck / July 7, 2009 9:28 AM

More incredulous information from GB...

Progress Illinois is funded by SEIU, which is closely affiliated with ACORN.

Anyone interested in the ethics of each organization should look into Wade Rathke's involvement in the embezlement of funds. They have little interest outside of enriching themselves.

Ramsin / July 7, 2009 9:43 AM

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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