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by Adam Doster
1:31pm
Thu Jun 12, 2008

Chicago's Shrinking Middle Class

Is the middle class disappearing? Michael Lind theorized this was the case back in 2004, writing that America had "always also been an economic paradise for the middle class—at least until now." A new and comprehensive report by the Brookings Institution provides ...
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by Adam Doster
11:51am
Mon May 19, 2008

New Study: Teen Unemployment On The Rise

In a tight labor market, those lacking experience don't have a lot of leverage. Now that they're frequently competing with unemployed adults, teenagers looking for gainful employment are feeling the squeeze more than ever. Via the Tribune: Come summer, when ...
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by Adam Doster
1:39pm
Tue May 13, 2008

The Midwest's Emptying Nest

Recent college graduates have been known to come down with the occasional case of Wanderlust. But according to a piece by NPR's Day to Day, many 20-somethings from the Upper Midwest are now packing up and moving out in search of jobs, a trend that states in the region are ...
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by Mose Buchele
6:48pm
Wed May 7, 2008

The McCain/Ozinga Tax Plan

Rather than come up with a tax plan of his own, it appears that newly-minted GOP congressional candidate Marty Ozinga decided to save time by simply copy-and-pasting the one put forward by John McCain. Indeed, Ozinga's fiscal platform, released today on his website, so ...
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by Adam Doster
10:57am
Mon May 5, 2008

Clinton's "Lot"

Sen. Hillary Clinton, a renowned policy enthusiast, suddenly wants no part of the entire economics discipline because economists are by definition "elite" and can't formulate ideas that benefit working Americans ... or something: In ignoring a question ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:38am
Sun May 4, 2008

More Gas Tax Fumes

Faced with a barrage of ads from the Clinton campaign criticizing his opposition to a federal gas tax holiday, Obama hit back hard yesterday, ridiculing Hillary's position. In response, the Clinton campaign argued that Obama's comments on the issue shouldn't be taken "...
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by Josh Kalven
10:45am
Sat May 3, 2008

The Meaning Of "Experience"

As the gas tax debate has raged this past week between the presidential candidates in Indiana, one recurring suggestion is that Barack Obama's current opposition to a national gas tax holiday is hypocritical or an example of "flip-flopping." Those making this ...
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by Mose Buchele
2:26pm
Fri Apr 25, 2008

New Report Details Fiscal Crunch In Illinois

Even if the nation is not yet officially in "recession," many states -- Illinois among them -- might as well be. Today the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) released a survey of legislative fiscal directors indicating that numerous state economies are ...
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by Adam Doster
11:18am
Thu Apr 24, 2008

States Handicapped As Congress Ignores Housing Crisis

Inaction and corporate bailouts have defined the federal government's response to the foreclosure crisis, so it's not surprising that some stretched homeowners aren't receiving the assistance they need. But a newly released study shows the situation may be worse than once ...

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