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People are grumpy, and rightly so

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018

* This morning…



And then it goes on for several more tweets.

* The actual quotes

As someone with his own distinct political views, but who represents a diverse state, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has no tolerance for those who would carve it up for political gain.

“There are two things that just anger me so much,” Durbin said in a recent interview at his downtown Chicago office. “The first is someone who is an elected official in this state who uses their position to divide us rather than unite us.

“And the second,” he added, “is I’m sick and tired of our newspapers — and you can think of the one I’m talking about — as well as politicians who talk about what a miserable state this is and how terrible the city is and why somebody might’ve moved away. Shame on them. This is the No. 1 destination for graduates of Big Ten universities in the United States of America. And the Big Ten sweeps right across not just the Midwest, but the Northeast as well. They’re headed to Chicago. If this was some godforsaken city, why are they coming?

“They’re coming because this is a great city with great opportunities,” Durbin said. “And we do have problems that we need to solve. But for people who are down on the city and down on the state and want to find somebody who left in a grouchy mood, well, they’ll always have a story to tell, but from where I’m standing that isn’t what the city represents or the state represents.”

In some ways, he granted, it’s only natural. Chicago is a behemoth that lords over the state, and some areas of Illinois are vastly different and glad to be that way. “It’s been there throughout the history of this state, and it’s not uncommon,” Durbin said. “You have parts of California that want to split off into a separate state. You have a fight between New York City and the rest of the state. It’s kind of a natural tension that may have been created for any number of reasons,” from significant economic and cultural differences to divided allegiances over sports teams.

“But shame on the politicians who try to exploit it,” Durbin said. “That to me is over the line. Our job is to try to find commonality and unity and opportunities for us to work together.

I highlighted the text so I could say that I agree with Durbin on that particular point and to show how badly his words were twisted. If you approach a column or a story or an editorial with a bias, you can always find someone to confirm your bias. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, by the way. We all have biases, but some folks can’t get over them even when there’s significant evidence that their “facts” may be wrong.

On the other hand, people are grumpy (and worse) for completely valid reasons in this here state and I do not blame them one bit. “America is already great,” wasn’t exactly a smart line in parts of the 2016 Rust Belt and “Illinois is great because of Chicago’s Big 10 graduates” is gonna fall on a whole lot of deaf ears now.

But, whatever, Durbin was just being a booster for his home state while taking a little bank-shot at an editorial board which resides in the clouds and exists to teach the rest of us dummies about how the world works.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

63 Comments »
  1. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:05 pm:

    People, I’ve already deleted two comments. Stop the personal attacks. Stick to the topic of this post. I’m too busy today to deal with it.


  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    We need more boosters for our state. We have problems, but put them in perspective. Bad mouthing our state isn’t helping, it’s piling on.


  3. - walker - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    Amen brother. Durbin is right on this one.

    The way to fix any complex set of problems, is to define and accept our weaknesses, but to build upon our strengths. Illinois has many leverageable strengths.

    Tearing down, dividing, and badmouthing, doesn’t help anything except political campaigns.


  4. - Stooges - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:18 pm:

    I never agree with Durbin and I agree with him on this one. Illinois has a lot of positive aspects throughout the state, and our leaders need to promote them while solving our problems.


  5. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    Curious, when was the last time that Chicago was NOT the #1 destination of Big Ten grads? What’s happened to the *percentage* of Big Ten grads who come to Chicago over the past decade or two?


  6. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    As it is said (h/t to wordslinger), actions vs. words. The people who are pushing the Illinois is terrible narrative likely live here and make good money. How many live in Chicago/Cook County, the bastion of what they despise? They live in this higher-income state that has a lower marginal state income tax rate than most neighbors.

    I agree that outmigration is a major problem, but there are different ways of proverbially skinning this cat, rather than the anti-union/anti-Democratic right wing way of tronc and Rauner.


  7. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:22 pm:

    Durbin is right and wrong. Yes, there are great things about Illinois and Chicago. But there are also some really bad things going on in this state. Most of it deals with politicians (including Sen. Durbin) who have ignored the pronlems for years and now want to deflect from real solutions. Most people don’t have the capacity to move away but I suspect that if you polled people on if they would move if they could it would be a fairly large number. IMHO, the Tribune (yes, i will name it) isn’t overly negative. It is trying to make sure the people know who is failing them. Didn’t the public have the right to know how Berrios was gaming the system, or how CPS is avoiding dealing with teachers and sex crimes, or how tnes of thousands of people with disabilities can’t get services in Illinois, or how multiple layers of government in this state is spending us into a fiscal black hole. These are all stories the Trib has reported on and it’s good to know that someone is doing this.


  8. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:24 pm:

    For someone from Springfield, Senator Durbin sure sounds like a Cook County Democrat, touting how Big Ten graduates are coming to Chicago in record numbers.

    He totally discounts the high paying manufacturing job exodus from the rest of the state.

    Admitting we have problems that we need to fix but watching and staying silent as the legislature continues to ignore our problems.

    Senator Durbin claims advocating for fixing Illinois is “bad mouthing” which he thinks is worse than not fixing what ails Illinois.


  9. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:26 pm:

    You had me until this: “Senator Durbin claims advocating for fixing Illinois is ‘bad mouthing.’”

    Just stop already.


  10. - OneMan - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:26 pm:

    He has a point with ‘let the grumps go’ but you shouldn’t ignore and completely discount the grumps because of what makes a few grumpy today can be making a lot more people grumpy tomorrow.


  11. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:27 pm:

    Durbin is the last person who should be talking about dividing people. However, I finally agree with him on this one point. People should stop bad mouthing the State if they want people to move here.


  12. - Archiesmom - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:28 pm:

    Archiesmom and Archiesdad have just moved back to California, so you can see taxes aren’t a factor to us. What is important is having a government that has worked together to actually turn a state around and go from a horrifying deficit, pension debt crisis turn into a $9 billion surplus in fewer years than I thought possible. There will always be political divisiveness, but an honest approach to the state’s problems and a governor strong enough to advocate for shared sacrifice can actually make it work. I have never seen a mess like the current state of Illinois politics, and could not abide another election season with such blatant misrepresentations and ignorance of the facts. I truly love those who are the real public servants in the state of Illinois - and I wish them luck and patience and fortitude in changing the current course. It is a great state, but needs realists and cheerleaders to get things back on track.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    ===staying silent as the legislature continues to ignore our problems.===

    Bills that took out the prevailing wage and collective bargaining aspects of the Raunerite “turnaround agenda” were considered “sham” bills.

    The sham is that the bills focus is on destroying labor, not “fixing” Illinois. Otherwise Rauner would’ve taken the easy wins when they were given.


  14. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    Katrina could build some credibility if she addressed the thorough and thoughtful BGA analysis in Crain’s, rather than just throwing a tweetstorm over Durbin.

    Seriously, tantrums are for cable infotainers, not newspaper people.

    https://www.bettergov.org/news/illinois-population-is-falling-but-the-sky-isn-t


  15. - walker - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    NPC: Tribune reporting has often been strong and very worthwhile. Their editorial writing — not so much. I often wish they would read their own reporting before opining.


  16. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:33 pm:

    ==For someone from Springfield, Senator Durbin sure sounds like a Cook County Democrat==

    Really important to keep separating the two, huh?

    One thing that Durbin brushes against is that Chicago in particular has seen some success while the rest of the state has lagged. And it’s not so much about “praising” that as it is looking at it carefully to see what can be replicated in other communities.


  17. - Original Rambler - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Agree with Durbin 100 percent. About the bad-mouthing of the State and the Tribune. And the way KM twists his words is just a microcosm of every State-centric editorial the Trib puts out. And it’s a shame since they do a much more equitable job with national and international editorials.


  18. - Big Jer - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:41 pm:

    Never Politically Correct- You are right in that the Trib has moments where it does a good job “trying to make sure the people know who is failing them” like Berrios, CPS, issues etc. But what I have noticed the last few years is how the Trib and others have written clearly biased articles that if anyone would do some research could easily refute. This occurs especially in the Opinion and Commentary sections with people like McQueary. They cherry pick to serve an agenda and the bias and cherry picking drags down the good reporting. Also to those people leaving they will find that Every state has issues. And many states are having climate change issues as well —flooding, wildfires, intense heat.


  19. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:42 pm:

    ==They live in this higher-income state that has a lower marginal state income tax rate than most neighbors==

    Grandson, it’s not about the state income tax rate (although the last bump sure didn’t help our perception of being a high-tax state). It’s about the sky-high property taxes and their negative affect on home values, which is the biggest nut by far for most of the middle class. I’m not “grumpy”, I’m fed-up from having my home’s value suppressed by a 3% real estate tax, the uncertainty of how high the rate may go in the future, and my home having appreciated far less than the inflation rate over the last twenty years. Fix this and you’ll fix what makes most of the “grumpy”, grumpy.


  20. - anon - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:44 pm:

    What some may say is Durbin being a “booster” of Illinois, others say Durbin is just trying to protect Democratic territory from serious nation-wide shifts in opinions.

    The winds of change are blowing strongly and Democratic policies and governing are coming under more and more scrutiny.

    Good for McQueary to dissect his flowery words and reconcile them to facts. I do not care for Durbin one single tiny bit.


  21. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    ===dissect his flowery words and reconcile them to facts===

    In real life, as opposed to the weird planet on which you apparently reside, she drastically twisted his words to apparently serve her own ideological purposes.


  22. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 12:52 pm:

    =. If you approach a column or a story or an editorial with a bias, you can always find someone to confirm your bias. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, by the way. We all have biases, but some folks can’t get over them even when there’s significant evidence that their “facts” may be wrong.=

    That is entirely true. Where Rauner falls down, or at least one place, is that he does not own or admit to his personal bias and acts like he does not have them. Same with McQueary.


  23. - Duopoly (67% chance of being blocked) - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:00 pm:

    = I do not care for Durbin one single tiny bit.=

    Just because he’s a great advocate for his constituents including support for veterans, opposition to the punitive federal SALT limit, and support for net neutrality are the reasons us non-corporate persons care for him alot.


  24. - Bobio - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:01 pm:

    “The first is someone who is an elected official in this state who uses their position to divide us rather than unite us.”

    Nice sentiment, however, Durbin seems to be quite adept at attacking his political opposition and thereby dividing and conquering. It’s kinda the nature of the business.


  25. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    “Nobody goes there any more… it’s too crowded”- Tribune Editorial Board via Yogi Berra


  26. - orzo - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    There’s cherry picking and there’s making stuff up. When I read her tweet I was shocked that Senator Durbin would say “good riddance.” Then I read his actual words, which shows she made that up. Shame, shame, on Kristen.


  27. - SSL - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:07 pm:

    Durbin is in favor of nothing but big government, and he would tax your ability to breathe if he could.

    What are you supposed to say about the worst fiscal state in the Union, that also lays claim to the 5th highest tax burden? I guess the fine Senator would suggest we’re number one enthusiastically.

    His first idea when gas prices came down was to raise gas taxes, because people wouldn’t notice. What a guy.


  28. - SSL - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:11 pm:

    Bobio, it’s only divisive when the other guy does it. When Durbin does it, he’s just being truthful.


  29. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:11 pm:

    Why hasn’t McQueary moved to the glorious paradise of post-Katrina New Orleans? #IllinoisExodus (I’d ask her myself, but the champion of free speech blocked me on Twitter.)

    – MrJM


  30. - Demoralized - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    ==When Durbin does it, he’s just being truthful.==

    I really feel the need to call the police for some of you so that you can report being victims. You seem to be victimized a lot.


  31. - Responsa - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:13 pm:

    Sen. Durbin has always had a warm midwestern Sears Roebuck look about him (this is meant as a compliment) and he has the gift of a mellow honeyed speaking voice. This has worked well for him. But many of his comments featured here really do suggest he spends too much time in D.C. I.m very sorry to see how out of touch he apparently has become with respect to his state and how discomforting living here has become to many long time residents. It is possible to love this state and and still see the many problems that must be addressed. It is not media’s job to be boosters and it is government’s job to work to fix problems–and many problems are obvious and need to be discussed, not buried under a pillow.


  32. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:18 pm:

    ===and he would tax your ability to breathe if he could===

    Histrionics, much?


  33. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    ===(I’d ask her myself, but the champion of free speech blocked me on Twitter.)===

    You’re not missing much, and her twitter doesn’t hold a candle to your tweets.

    I think @StatehouseChick would have more credibility if she moved herself and gave a first-hand account of the good life outside Illinois instead of pointing to people the Trib (and other outlets, to be fair) decide to interview.

    The train from Indiana hamlets with commuters to Chicago are full I hear…


  34. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:47 pm:

    Durbin used to be a Downstater, but he has changed since his statewide campaigns begun.

    He knows this too. He’s walking a tight rope between his hometown folks and where the money lives in Chicago. As the Democrats abandoned traditional values for ad hoc political memes, Durbin has been forced to the left. So, when Downstaters complain about how they are ignored, Durbin treats them like he didn’t when he needed their support.

    As Chicago struggles, ILDEM has focused on the. They have no patience for the Downstate complainers. They get his backhand while ILDEMS snicker.


  35. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 1:57 pm:

    ===As the Democrats abandoned traditional values for ad hoc political memes, Durbin has been forced to the left. So, when Downstaters complain about how they are ignored, Durbin treats them like he didn’t when he needed their support.===

    Blah blah blah. Do you agree with him or do you think McQueary’s take is accurate?


  36. - Mike Cirrincione - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:02 pm:

    Chicago has a source of fresh water.


  37. - anon2 - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:04 pm:

    One reason people leave is simply after they retire, they want a warmer climate. That has been going on for generations. One thing is certain: retirees don’t move because of the IL income tax, which completely exempts retirement income.


  38. - SW - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:06 pm:

    Chicago has real problems. Pressure is put on the newspapers to down play the violence. Now it is Durbin’s turn to be the spin doctor. I avoid Chicago now. Anyone that reads CWB Chicago knows they have a real crime problem, and it includes the Loop and neighboring areas. I think I read there were like 1000 carjackings last year. Like 600 this year. That is frightening. Nobody goes to jail. Durbin calling for unity is a joke. He takes his marching orders from the National Democratic party and would not take any position that goes against the party line. He is a talking head.


  39. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:18 pm:

    ===He is a talking head.===

    You must be confused. It was David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymuth and Chris Franz. Not Dick Durbin. I had all of their albums. Trust me on this one.


  40. - SW - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:27 pm:

    my bad


  41. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    Great idea to replicate what is working in other communities that are growing both union and non union jobs faster than we are in Illinois.

    I think I saw an ad campaign about that


  42. - whetstone - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:38 pm:

    This census sniping isn’t terribly helpful until we get data about where, specifically, people are leaving from.

    If recent trends in the Chicago area keep up, it’ll be from South and West side neighborhoods, not the Loop and Near North Side–which the city, going back to the first Daley, has been (for better or worse) diligent at investing in and attracting businesses and residents to. Not so much the neighborhoods where we’re losing population. Let’s see #IllinoisExodus focus on that history.

    But maybe that trend won’t continue and it’ll be a different set of problems. “Chicago is losing population” doesn’t get you very far in terms of analysis.


  43. - So_Ill - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    ==Chicago has real problems. Pressure is put on the newspapers to down play the violence. Now it is Durbin’s turn to be the spin doctor. I avoid Chicago now. Anyone that reads CWB Chicago knows they have a real crime problem, and it includes the Loop and neighboring areas. I think I read there were like 1000 carjackings last year. Like 600 this year. That is frightening. Nobody goes to jail. Durbin calling for unity is a joke. He takes his marching orders from the National Democratic party and would not take any position that goes against the party line. He is a talking head.==

    I cannot imagine going through life this way. To each their own, I guess.


  44. - Pundent - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:45 pm:

    =Durbin is in favor of nothing but big government, and he would tax your ability to breathe if he could.=

    And you came to this conclusion how? I seemed to have missed the Durbin “breathing tax” bill or the many instances where he said government isn’t big enough, we have to super-size it.

    Your comments are no different than McQueary’s. Projecting your view of what you think he represents is no different that Kristin completely misrepresenting what he said. It’s everything that’s wrong about our political discourse these days. We have to assign these ridiculous characterizations so it fits the narrative of what a “liberal” or “conservative” is.


  45. - Hexagon - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:46 pm:

    Durbin was right to call the Trib out… but he didn’t go far enough.

    The Trib, IPI and Rauner are all complicit in a campaign to bad mouth IL and, leverage its pop loss to make a political argument that reducing taxes will spur growth.

    There isn’t a whole lot of evidence to support their claims that there’s a direct causal link between high taxes and pop and economic dynamism. The fact that California, Mass, and NYC have some of the most dynamic economies undermines the facile equation of low taxes = economic/pop growth. So, too, do the tax cuts in Kansas.

    Those negative comments about IL, meanwhile, don’t help the state’s image and they belie the reality of the Chicago region’s prosperity, though it is, like America’s, terribly uneven.


  46. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:47 pm:

    I genuinely enjoy the banter from neoliberals when it comes to dismantling the funding mechanism for public services ie. taxation. I am not sure if they are all wildly affluent like Rauner et al and see public services like education as a weight that is keeping us down rather than the public good and great equalizer that they are, but one thing is for sure as neoliberalism has grown our place as a world leader has diminished. Income gaps between the wealthy and working class have grown and our infrastructure has crumbled all the while the tax burden, particularly Federal income tax, has shifted to the middle and working class.

    Great work.


  47. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    ===…growing both union and non union jobs faster than we are in Illinois.===

    So ending prevailing wage and collective bargaining… How is that growing jobs again?


  48. - City Zen - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    == it’s not about the state income tax rate…It’s about the sky-high property taxes and their negative affect on home values,==

    Yep. Notice when anyone talks about adopting the CTBA progressive tax plan, no one mentions a corresponding property tax cut.


  49. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:14 pm:

    =Yep. Notice when anyone talks about adopting the CTBA progressive tax plan, no one mentions a corresponding property tax cut.=

    Had they adopted the plan 15 years ago when it was first proposed along with a tax on services and (wait for it) retirement income (that one’s for you CZ) it would have been easy to have property tax relief. The increase that was passed last year was only enough to do a little better than tread water.


  50. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:17 pm:

    ==Durbin calling for unity is a joke.==

    Durbin tells us that all people have much more in common than not in common, whether rural or urban, whether liberal or conservative. And really that is the truth.
    He asks people to listen to each other and respect each other. He criticizes some members of his own party for being too intolerant, says it’s not just the other party. Now Durbin has been a Democratic party leader for years. So I ask you if you can find similar words from a current Republican party leader that have recently asked their members to do the same.


  51. - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    How do you think JB will take it when he hears Senator Durbin is criticizing politicans who run ads criticizing our state.

    That has been the entire focus of JB’s ads, certainly not about bringing us together unless you mean uniting the far left progressives with liberals.


  52. - Alex Ander - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:26 pm:

    I love all of these people that keep screaming about how they can’t wait to leave Illinois. OK, so what’s stopping you? You’re a big kid now and able to make your own decisions. What’s stopping you other than the fact that you aren’t leaving and just joining in a mindless mob mentality.


  53. - City Zen - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:46 pm:

    @JS Mill - Make sure to pass along that disclaimer to JB’s campaign. Taxpayers should be fully instructed on how to “tread water” under a Blue Wave.


  54. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 3:59 pm:

    That has been the entire focus of JB’s ads, certainly not about bringing us together unless you mean uniting the far left progressives with liberals.

    The focus of his ads has been the failure of Rauner, not Illinois. There is a difference.


  55. - Benfolds5 - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:07 pm:

    Meh… The reality is people are leaving in droves. And Illinois is a great place. Both can be true. I think Durbin is late to the cheering party because it’s about an attack against his party rival. Zero sum game. Durbin, JB, and Bruce can all be right and wrong. Durbin now, today is understanding the census data? Hmmm.


  56. - theCardinal - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    The self fulfilling prophecy of Economics. If enough influential people say its bad long enough the people will believe it. Although Mr Durbin might have participated in that tactice in the Bush years and several times beyond …he is right about this.


  57. - Silicon Prairie - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:45 pm:

    He is right, the college grads who have good jobs downtown working for financial firms or Fortune 500 get paid well and live in great neighborhoods near downtown. However, he is not addressing the uneducated working for 15 bucks an hour with no benefits in shooting zone areas on the west and south side. Chicago has a least 40-50 gentrified areas ( and Growing ) . In John Belushi’s Chicago 35 years ago there were maybe 2. The City of Chicago is a much better place than 30-40 years ago. Where else can you pay 200 grand for a building and 20 years later its worth 750k-to a Million ? This is still the city of opportunity for jobs and property and diversity


  58. - Roman - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 4:58 pm:

    == Pressure is put on the newspapers to down play the violence. ==

    @SW, do you actually read the papers? I feel like violence is all I read about. Tribune has another deep dive on the carjacking problem again today.


  59. - supplied_demand - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 5:01 pm:

    ==Chicago has real problems. Pressure is put on the newspapers to down play the violence. Now it is Durbin’s turn to be the spin doctor. I avoid Chicago now. Anyone that reads CWB Chicago knows they have a real crime problem, and it includes the Loop and neighboring areas.==

    Admitting that you avoid Chicago and know almost nothing about it, then proceeding to explain all of it’s problems is an interesting tactic. Did you know that Atlanta, Houston and Minneapolis all have higher violent crime rates than Chicago? I don’t see the newspapers reporting this fact.


  60. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 5:17 pm:

    ==ad hoc political memes ==

    Ya lost me here. Such as?


  61. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Jun 13, 18 @ 6:53 pm:

    I am certainly in good company, having also been blocked by Katrina.


  62. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Jun 14, 18 @ 7:18 am:

    ==Anyone that reads CWB Chicago knows they have a real crime problem.==

    Anyone that reads CWB Chicago would be better off reading the Onion. Fixed it for you.


  63. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jun 14, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    ===He is a talking head.===

    You must be confused. It was David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymuth and Chris Franz. Not Dick Durbin. I had all of their albums. Trust me on this one.–

    Friday nights, twisting up numbers and drinking beers under the Bowman and Spearman on Congress Plaza, before the midnight show at the old Fine Arts on South Michigan.

    Aint no sin being glad you’re alive.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBIlxmug8PU


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* Both candidates for governor have donated to Mansion renovations
* Illiopolis boy helps push bill to cover hearing aids for kids
* Under the Dome Podcast: AFSCME lawsuits everywhere, #MeToo fallout, governor ad war
* Rauner says more ads coming like one featuring other Republican governors
* Madigan aide ousted in harassment scandal responds to accuser

* Roskam's intriguing immigration move
* Apple partners with Oprah for original content push
* Rush hospital: The feds' star system has been wrong for two years
* Why's it so hard to reform an industry that routinely overcharges its customers?
* A year after CIBC deal, 'I'm having fun,' Larry Richman says


* Boy, 16, grazed by bullet in Lawndale
* Man shot in his shoulder near Humboldt Park
* Dear Abby: Husband’s refusal to adopt breaks my heart
* Cubs test NL mettle with 7 of next 11 against defending NL champs
* CPD officer involved in ATV crash on Lake Shore Drive bike path
* 3 shot in Little Village
* Horoscope for June 18, 2018
* Man shot in head, killed in Marquette Park
* Missing girl, 14, never returned home from school: police
* 2 feared dead after earthquake hits Osaka in western Japan


* 3 dead, dozens injured by quake in Osaka in western Japan
* Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border 'breaks my heart'
* Cubs blanked 5-0 by Cardinals as Javier Baez leaves game with bruised elbow
* New Jersey art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out, killing 1
* Fight intensifies over Trump's family separation policy after Democrats visit detention facilities
* Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico
* ‘Westworld’ Episode 9 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Vanishing Point’ and William’s life outside the park
* ‘Claws’ Episode 2 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Cracker Casserole’ — from Florida with love
* Elizabeth Brackett, longtime 'Chicago Tonight' reporter, dies at 76
* Pedro Strop says 2018 Cubs bullpen is the best he has been a part of


» Dad-isms: Jokes and Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us
» Parkland Survivors Join Chicago Youth, Celebrities At St. Sabina's Peace March
» Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?
» Furniture From Closed CPS Schools Ends Up In Surprising Places
» Students Go Back In Time To Record On Machine That Democratized Music
» State Week: AFSCME Contract; Abortion Court Fight; Former Madigan Staffer Responds To Accusations
» Durbin OKs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» Durbin Backs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 15, 2018
» The Week in Review: Musk Promises 12-Minute O’Hare Express


* George Will: Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power
* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Bernard Schoenburg: Gov. Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Angie Muhs: New reporter will focus on local business coverage
* Our View: City should not put competing township referendum on ballot
* Faith Coalition for the Common Good: Leaders impact lives of homeless
* Statehouse Insider: Illinois second to Missouri again
* Thom Dammrich: The Modern Fish Act — Good for Illinois


* Folks fly (and drive) to the Marshall County Airport for Father’s Day
* Bacon Sunday shares top billing with Father's Day at New Life Church
* Excessive heat warning extends through Monday evening
* Ride the River: Families gather for Father's Day tradition
* Steam bath weather ideal for convertibles, bad for everything else
* Duo look to make over Main Street one step at a time
* UI Open:Championship Round
* Tazewell, Woodford marriages, divorces: June 17, 2018
* Random Acts of Kindness: A stuffed animal and a smile
* DAILY RECORD


* Asian markets down as trade war heats up
* The Latest: More than 210 injured in Osaka-area earthquake
* Giuliani says Trump may consider pardons after Russia probe
* In DC primary, minimum wage is the main topic of discussion
* Injured former Cambodian PM Ranariddh sent to Thai hospital

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* Summertime, when living is easy, and some see chance to justify strip joint
* Father's day "heteronormative"?
* ​Affordable Learning Exchange works to increase access by reducing costly course material: Goal is to save students $10 million by 2020
* Take that leukemia: Andrew Jones cleared to take online classes, move into dorm
* Here’s How Higher Education Dies
* Harvard Hosts 60-Year Curriculum Symposium
* Startup Uses AI and Human Augmentation for Video/Audio Transcription
* 6 Reasons Blended Learning Works
* An Inside Look at Online Carding Courses for Cybercriminals
* eLearning for Refugees: Three Programs Making a Difference


* Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cereal
* PHIL VASSAR AND LOVE AND THEFT ROUND OUT THE DU QUOIN STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND
* Illinois 89 Bridge in Spring Valley Opens to Traffic
* Gov. Rauner announces release of funding for Department of Agriculture programs
* Gov. Rauner, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti provide update on efforts to combat opioid epidemic

  
* OxygenOS 5.1.8 for OnePlus 6 optimizes call quality
* ​Google eyes billion-dollar Chinese market with $550m JD.com investment
* ​LG Uplus launches IoT for bathrooms with Wi-Fi bidet toilet
* Canceled Samsung 'Project V' foldable smartphone leaks in images
* South Korea's Toss raises $40m from GIC, Sequoia China
* Final Fantasy XIV Companion App slated for late July release
* Optus apologises for World Cup streaming as Australian PM asks for assurances

* White Sox: Reviewing the team after 70 games and 24 wins
* MLB roundup: Tigers beat White Sox 3-1 for 5th straight win
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 17, 2018
* White Sox Minor League Update: June 17, 2018
* Indians welcome back Alonso vs. White Sox
* Most Essential White Sox Vote: Round 29
* Most Essential White Sox Vote: Round 29


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