Mose Buchele

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by Mose Buchele
12:54pm
Fri Aug 8, 2008

How Far Has Amtrak Sunk? Look To The Lincoln Corridor

It's not surprising that a lot more attention is being paid to Amtrak lately. High fuel costs have dominated the national political discourse all summer, and here in Illinois the Governor and the General Assembly are engaged in trench warfare over the fate of a $25 ...
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by Mose Buchele
10:16am
Wed Aug 6, 2008

AFL-CIO Meets In Chicago To Map Obama Strategy

Many top AFL-CIO officials see this presidential election as a make-or-break moment for the unions. So with an added sense of urgency and deeper pockets than ever before, they are meeting this week in Chicago to chart labor's role this campaign season. From an ...
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by Mose Buchele
11:11am
Tue Aug 5, 2008

I Trust Marty Ozinga ... To Sign My Paycheck

The Republican strategy in the 11th District this election year has been largely focused on depicting cement magnate Marty Ozinga as a blue-collar everyman. Indeed, Ozinga's own employees have been repeatedly used in political ads, testifying to his worth as a candidate. ...
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by Mose Buchele
10:25am
Mon Aug 4, 2008

Halvorson Calls Out Ozinga On Health Care

A few weeks ago, Progress Illinois drew attention to 11th District GOP congressional candidate Marty Ozinga's misguided view that there are "very few people nowadays that have no health service at all." Ozinga's callous assessment of the U.S. health care crisis ...
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by Mose Buchele
4:28pm
Fri Aug 1, 2008

That's One Way Of Putting It

This month in Chicago Magazine, Ben Goldberger asks a question that many of us have wondered about perennial Republican candidate Jim Oberweis: after so many losses and in the face of unpopularity in his own party, what motivates the man to keep running? Apparently ...
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by Mose Buchele
11:46am
Fri Aug 1, 2008

Rush-Hour Remedies

We've been doing a lot of coverage lately on how higher fuel prices have changed the way Illinoisans get from here to there. Now comes this: The Chicago Transit Authority plans to rip all seats out of some train cars during peak hours to make more room for ...
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by Mose Buchele
5:03pm
Thu Jul 31, 2008

Illinois Pols Receive More From Payday Lenders Than Any Other State (UPDATED)

Since 1999 the payday loan industry has flooded state lawmakers with campaign contributions in an attempt to fend off efforts to reform predatory lending laws. No state politicians have benefited more from this windfall than those in Illinois, according to a new ...
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by Mose Buchele
1:18pm
Thu Jul 31, 2008

As Crops Grow, So Does "Dead Zone"

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that this year's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico will be the second largest to date. A dead zone is an area of the ocean that cannot support marine life because rampant algae blooms suck all ...
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by Mose Buchele
11:01am
Thu Jul 31, 2008

Amtrak Follow-Up: What's In It For Illinois?

Yesterday I wrote a post on Dick Durbin's proposal to beef up Amtrak funding. With gas prices frequently breaking record highs and air travel getting more expensive and less convenient, Durbin is betting on a rail renaissance throughout the country. Over at Crain's...
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by Mose Buchele
9:41am
Thu Jul 31, 2008

Smooth Ride So Far For Compact, But Questions Remain

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Great Lakes Compact, an eight state agreement designed to protect water from the lakes from being diverted outside the region. Lawmakers have been trying to fast-track approval of the compact, which has bipartisan ...

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