Josh Kalven

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by Josh Kalven
12:54pm
Thu Sep 24, 2009

IL-SEN: SEIU Illinois Endorses Giannoulias, Hoffman Overreaches

As has been expected for some time now, the SEIU Illinois Council (which sponsors this website) formally endorsed Alexi Giannoulias this morning in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. As our reporting shows, SEIU and Giannoulias became strong allies in the fight this ...
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by Josh Kalven
4:54pm
Wed Sep 23, 2009

Burger, Trumka To Join October Banking Protest In Chicago

Earlier this month, we reported that National People's Action, the SEIU Illinois Council (which sponsors this website), and dozens of other regional progressive organizations are planning a major protest to coincide with the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference in ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:05am
Mon Sep 21, 2009

A Sign Of The Times

Can there be anything more dispiriting than being hired to dismantle the factory where you spent decades working?  And all so the owners can eventually ship the equipment to foreign plants. Newstips' Curtis Black has the latest from the ArcelorMittal factory in Hennepin...
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by Josh Kalven
11:01am
Sun Sep 13, 2009

Trib Poll: Daley Approval Rating Hits "All-Time Low"

Back in April, the SEIU Illinois State Council (which sponsors this website) commissioned a citywide poll and found that only 41 percent of respondents gave Mayor Daley a positive job approval rating, down from 56 percent in a 2006 survey.  Now the Tribune has conducted ...
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by Josh Kalven
9:17am
Fri Sep 11, 2009

Shimkus The 2nd Grader

Yesterday afternoon, amid all the hubbub over Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-SC) outburst, the Tribune's Marc Silva pointed out that Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) had actually walked out of the House chambers during President Obama's Wednesday speech to a joint session of Congress.  ...
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by Josh Kalven
2:46pm
Thu Sep 10, 2009

IL-SEN: Hoffman Officially Launches Campaign

Joined by friends, colleagues, and family at the Garfield Park Conservatory on the city's West Side this morning, Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman officially launched his Democratic bid for U.S. Senate.  Citing his previous work with the U.S. attorney's office and ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:55am
Thu Sep 10, 2009

An Odd Choice From Ald. Smith

The Reader's Mick Dumke said all that can really be said about yesterday's Chicago City Council meeting.  In a string of glowing speeches, alderman after alderman blessed the Olympics host city agreement -- which exposes taxpayers to unlimited financial liability if the 2016 ...
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by Josh Kalven
10:16am
Wed Sep 9, 2009

United's Taxpayer Windfall Grows To $50 Million

Mayor Daley really has a thing for United Airlines.  First, he forked over $5.47 million (PDF) in tax increment financing (TIF) funds last year to help refurbish the company's new corporate headquarters on Chicago's Wacker Dr.  Earlier this summer, he sweetened the ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:26am
Tue Sep 8, 2009

Our Flawed Tax Structure

In a lengthy editorial published on Saturday, the Sun-Times reiterated its support for reforming Illinois' regressive tax structure.  Particularly helpful were the following grafs (emphasis added): At first glance, a flat tax might seem fair enough -- the rich will ...
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by Josh Kalven
2:39pm
Fri Sep 4, 2009

Hynes' Botched Line Of Attack

In the short time he's been a gubernatorial candidate, Dan Hynes has repeatedly tried to paint Gov. Pat Quinn as a waffler, a vacillator, a flip-flopper. Then two days ago, the tables were turned. Following Hynes' announcement that he would seek to place a progressive income ...

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