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State Budget Fri Mar 26 2010

Proft, Scheff, Chicago Tonight, Pensions, Commas.

Apparent gubernatorial candidate and poor black child Dan Proft faced off with Hank Scheff of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 to talk about Quinn's reform. While I agree with Scheff generally, both he and Proft are very smart guys and come from a sincere (non-partisan) place. That makes this very worth a watch:

 
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Carl Nyberg / March 29, 2010 8:36 AM

Proft? Non-partisan? Puh-leaze.

Remember when he was schilling for the asinine decision to expel Morton West students for protesting the Iraq War? They were sitting in the cafeteria singing and refusing to go to class.

Proft said that expulsion was a reasonable response and had nothing to do with the politics of the Republican-dominated school board.

Dennis Fritz / March 29, 2010 10:19 AM

Proft is not a smart guy. Sorry, but I've met him. Even more remarkable is how little he has changed since his college days. This the guy who, as a member of the Conservative Council at NU, was holding meetings with titles like, "Blacks Don't Deserve Special Rights." He's a far-right nutjob trying to pass himself off as a mainstream conservative.

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