Josh Kalven

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by Josh Kalven
10:01am
Mon Nov 30, 2009

The Sun-Times Fact-Checks Daley On TIF

Over the weekend, the Sun-Times published a news article scrutinizing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's November 1 interview with WBEZ's Alison Cuddy.  Specifically, reporter Abdon Pallasch fact-checked the mayor's fervent defense of his controversial tax increment financing...
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by Josh Kalven
5:14pm
Tue Nov 24, 2009

IL-GOV: "Quinn Stories" Episode One, Hynes Proposes Veterans Aid

Today, Gov. Pat Quinn released the first of what will be a weekly documentary series (dubbed "Quinn Stories") chronicling his time on the campaign trail.  The initial installment includes some candid video of his visit to Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair this ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:20am
Fri Nov 20, 2009

Ethics Committee: Burris' Actions "Reflected Unfavorably On The Senate"

This just out from Sen. Roland Burris' office: After months of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the appointment and seating of Senator Roland W. Burris, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics has closed its inquiry and cleared the Senator of any legal ...
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by Josh Kalven
9:40am
Fri Nov 20, 2009

"A TIF Geek If There Ever Was One"

That's how the Reader's Ben Joravsky describes our own Angela Caputo in his latest article on Chicago's tax increment financing (TIF) network.  And you can bet she's wearing that badge with pride. Joravasky's piece also details how state legislators used a Freedom of ...
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by Josh Kalven
2:46pm
Wed Nov 18, 2009

Some TIF Sanity From Ald. Reilly

A Chicago alderman objecting to the creation of a new tax increment financing (TIF) district in his ward?  It's not something you hear about every day.  But Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward) is reportedly pushing back against some East Loop property owners who want to see ...
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by Josh Kalven
12:23pm
Tue Nov 17, 2009

Conyers Seeks To Restore Glass-Steagall

Last week, we noted a rather somber anniversary: Ten years had passed since Congress and the Clinton White House enacted legislation overtturning the Glass-Steagall Act.  By dismanting this Depression-era financial regulation (which segregated commercial banks and investment ...
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by Josh Kalven
5:20pm
Mon Nov 16, 2009

New Campaign Vids: Quinn, Hamos, Giannoulias, Hoffman

Lots of new campaign advertisements and web videos out in the past few days.  Here's a rundown ... Gov. Pat Quinn has a new ad out, titled "Finally," which hit the airwaves yesterday, according to Capitol Fax: After yesterday's fiery ...
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by Josh Kalven
2:27pm
Fri Nov 13, 2009

Ten Years After The Repeal Of Glass-Steagall

This weeks mark ten years since the enactment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act.  This piece of legislation repealed a Depression-era law known as Glass-Steagall, which segregated commercial and investment banks. By breaking down that wall, ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:24am
Fri Nov 13, 2009

IL-11: Kinzinger Afraid Of Recorded Debates?

On Tuesday, the conservative group Concerned United Taxpayers hosted a debate featuring the four Republican primary contenders in the 11th Congressional District.  One of the candidates, David McAloon, had a member of his campaign filming the forum (as is quite common in ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:57am
Mon Nov 9, 2009

Tribune: Daley Has Gotten "Carried Away" With TIF

Since the Reader's Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke published their latest report on Chicago's shady tax increment financing (TIF) system, we've noted the increasing media attention being devoted to the issue, with some reporters even going so far as to refer to as a "huge ...

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