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by Josh Kalven
1:12pm
Fri Mar 21, 2008

Kristen McQueary Repeats Bogus Claim That Rezko "Saved" Obama $300K

Can we please put this one to rest? In her most recent Southtown Star column, Kristen McQuery writes that indicted businessman Tony Rezko "walked through the Obamas' million-dollar dream house to give his seal of approval and then, remember, bought a strip of land ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
12:26pm
Fri Mar 21, 2008

Equity After The Bear Stearns Bailout

In a nice editorial published today, the State-Journal Record describes what's so frustrating about the Federal Reserve's bailout of Bear Stearns: No doubt the 2 million people now in or facing foreclosure would like a net to catch them, too. But for those folks, ...
PI Original
by Josh Kalven
4:00pm
Thu Mar 20, 2008

Wal-Mart And Daley Feeling The "Heat"

In a column posted here yesterday, Amisha Patel recounted the 2006 effort to pass a City Council ordinance requiring Chicago's "big box" retailers to pay a living wage. The measure was ultimately vetoed by Mayor Daley, but as Patel notes, the widespread mobilization ...

PI Original
by Adam Doster
4:54pm
Wed Mar 19, 2008

A Band-Aid For No Child Left Behind

Backing down slightly from its unrelenting support for No Child Left Behind, the Bush Administration announced today that it is willing to relax the law’s provisions for some states, allowing education officials to distinguish schools with a few problems from those that need ...
PI Original
by Josh Kalven
4:41pm
Wed Mar 19, 2008

A Living Wage Is A Right -- Not A Luxury

Decent wages. Filling a prescription for your sick child. Not having to choose between paying the rent and buying groceries. Sound like luxuries to you? Well, they don’t to a majority of Chicagoans. Nonetheless, retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, and Lowe’s apparently ...

PI Original
by Mose Buchele
4:26pm
Wed Mar 19, 2008

Suppressed Study Highlights Local Environmental Hazards

A federal study on environmental health hazards in the Great Lakes Region was finally released last week after months of stalling from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report -- titled "Public Health Implications of Hazardous Substances in the ...
PI Original
by Mose Buchele
1:30pm
Wed Mar 19, 2008

Local Media Response To The "Big Speech"

The good news for Barack Obama: It's tough to find an editorial or column in the state of Illinois today that's not about the speech he delivered yesterday, titled "A More Perfect Union." The better news: Even those local media who have criticized parts of the ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
12:51pm
Wed Mar 19, 2008

FLASHBACK: Chicago Editorial Boards On Invading Iraq

Today, the editorial boards of Chicago's two major newspapers chose to ignore the five-year anniversary of our invasion into Iraq. Considering the cover their pages offered the Bush Administration in the run-up to the war, we at Progress Illinois find that silence discouraging...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
11:16am
Wed Mar 19, 2008

Obama's Populist Call

In the frenzy over Barack Obama's race speech yesterday (Did he disavow Rev. Wright? Was it too long? How will white independents react?) pundits and reporters alike generally ignored what I found to be the sharpest and most encouraging section of his address: Just ...

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