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Isabel’s morning briefing

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

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22 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 7:49 am:

    There is not a worse resume in the industry of governing then one that has “Illinois Policy Institute” and “Governor Bruce Rauner” affixed to it.

    Not a worse resume.

    “Realizing” that Uihlein is finding a bunch of grifting sillies that couldn’t understand policy or governing if you held their hand… it’s embarrassing for the IPI folks… but their checks get cash because fundamentally working there must mean that ethics ain’t all that important to the mission of their work.

    What I’m saying… “you pay $19 million to folks, they’ll say whatever you want them to say”

    Am I being harsh, am I?

    Please. When Diana Rauner was worried about “brand” she orchestrated the IPI influx, an influx so ill-conceived that some likely didn’t stay long enough for the implementation of direct deposit of their check to take hold.

    IPI lacks any fundamental to governing, refuses to see the reality that their half baked conclusions are not respected as honest, and frankly you can do “Ad Libs” to nearly every position the Uihlein believes that this group “touts”

    This “revelation” of Uihlein ruining any chance of smart or professional policy takes or leanings is lost… to the whim of Uihlein’s silly whims.

    An important tweet to finding and a reminder why IPI lacks… the paymaster requires fealty not policy.


  2. - Southside Markie - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:22 am:

    I loved the article on Wright. Thanks for highlighting articles like that which many of us would not have otherwise seen.


  3. - Red Ketcher - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:23 am:

    Like Roundup format - Thank You


  4. - Baloneymous - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:31 am:

    Kudos to Isabel’s news roundups. This is an incredible source of news. And I love that chicken wings article. Glad that person was caught. That’s horrible.


  5. - Occasional Quipper - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:33 am:

    I’m trying to wrap my head around $1.5 million in chicken wings. I get that it was over a 19 month period, but wow.


  6. - JoanP - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:36 am:

    Thanks for the article on FLW.

    I’d like to point anyone who enjoyed that to a couple of videos reconstructing two demolished Wright buildings: the Larkin Administration Building and the Imperial Hotel: https://flwright.org/explore/thelostworks


  7. - Blitz - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:39 am:

    I’m curious if a certain mayoral candidate has had a response to any additional questions about “taking the handcuffs off our police” since the Nichols video.


  8. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:41 am:

    I can’t think of anything worse than spending over a decade giving away $19M, still having all that anger, and seeing the adversaries you’ve been fighting only become stronger. It seems like the only thing the Uihlein’s want to get rid of more than Democrats is their money. I would think there are less painful ways to go about it and you might actually feel good or have something to show for it when it’s all said and done.


  9. - MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 8:42 am:

    “A common thread between both Nichols’ and McDonald’s cases was perception of a cover-up by police to protect their own.”

    No, beloved Tribsters — the common thread was the blindingly obvious fact of a cover-up by police to protect their own.

    The inability of the press to call a police cover-up a police cover-up is one of many reasons why decades of police “reforms” have delivered us to this moment.

    Holding individual officers accountable for their criminal activities is well and good — but if we ever hope to end police violence, then our policing system must be held accountable for its culpability in their crimes.

    But as long as we, and our friends in the press, refuse to acknowledge even the most obvious police cover-ups as police cover-ups, we can expect things to continue as they are.

    At best.

    – MrJM


  10. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:16 am:

    No wonder chicken wings cost more than any other part of a chicken nowadays.


  11. - Occasional Quipper - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:17 am:

    == I would think there are less painful ways to go about it and you might actually feel good or have something to show for it when it’s all said and done. ==

    What makes you think he doesn’t feel good about his contributions to conservative causes? Whether you agree with him or not, you gotta give him credit for supporting what he believes in and putting his money where his mouth is. He bugs liberals exactly the same way George Soros bugs conservatives. Both sides think a lot of money is being wasted, but hey, it’s their money.


  12. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:26 am:

    Yesterday’s story about Caulkins and Devore fighting over $200 from rubes made me think about the Uhleins. I guess everything is relative.


  13. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:36 am:

    The Reader article on homeless people is quite good. Worth your time.


  14. - Change Agent - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:39 am:

    Please tell me I’m not the only one who went down a chicken wing-related internet rabbit hole. My coworkers and I have estimated this at about 5.5 million chicken wings based on some research about wholesale chicken wing prices and the number of wings per case.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:45 am:

    ===What makes you think he doesn’t feel good about his contributions to conservative causes?===

    Oh, he does feel good.

    The goal of grifters like IPI is to make the mark (Uihlein) feel good… LOL… it’s like you haven’t grasped that’s part of making a grift work… and IPI knows a mark when they “make” them.

    ===He bugs liberals exactly the same way George Soros bugs…===

    I mean, I *really* don’t think that this thingy you think is smart and on point is really part of the grifting checklist, creating a “whatabout” and “samesies” so the money keeps on flowing.

    I really enjoyed your comment, I’m sure IPI did too.

    #MissionAccomplished


  16. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:47 am:

    =He bugs liberals exactly the same way George Soros bugs conservatives.=

    Uihlein doesn’t bug me at all. And that’s largely due to the fact that despite the money he’s put into his conservative causes, he’s got a lousy record of winning. What strikes me about Dick and Liz is their regular airing of grievances. They seem intent on backing unpopular candidates and causes and from where I sit it’s left them pretty miserable.


  17. - Nuke The Whales - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:51 am:

    ===He bugs liberals exactly the same way George Soros bugs…===
    I don’t recall George Soros being the top funder of the storming of the capitol. I don’t recall liberals using Dick Uihlein’s name as an anti-Semitic dog whistle because Rothschild family is too many characters on Twitter.


  18. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 9:53 am:

    “It’s a nudge, it’s a spanking. For the love of God, I’ve had nuns that treated me far worse,” McKay said. I hate this quote. Police officer was lucky he got that judge. Don’t “nudge” someone in the backside with a flashlight.


  19. - H-W - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 10:23 am:

    @ Amalia

    My thoughts too. For a judge to suggests that since clothes were on, there is nothing sexual about the incident, is just immoral.

    And to suggests that we should be allowed to assault others as long as we do not pass a certain threshold (e.g., the “nun” test is akin the the “rule of thumb” test), is just immoral.

    There are a lot of things wrong with this story, beyond the precedence it establishes. Just immoral.


  20. - Techie - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 11:32 am:

    Graduated income tax would be great for Illinois, hopefully a path forward can be forged on this.


  21. - Rayne of Terror - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 11:50 am:

    yesterday WGLT aired a 20 minute story on the history of the 1978 firefighter strike in Normal and what it means for firefighters today in Illinois.


  22. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jan 31, 23 @ 11:57 am:

    No surprise in the least that insurrectionists/election deniers and anti-union people are on the same team. One wants to nullify lost elections and the other wants institutional genocide and to deal a “mortal blow” to public sector unions. Couple that with the war on “woke,” social justice and women’s rights, and there’s today’s right wing and GOP.


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