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Afternoon roundup

Friday, Feb 24, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* This is an oddly worded story from Politico. The filing deadline for school board candidates was December 19th

The state [Democratic] party is pushing to get more Democratic candidates on down-ballot school and library boards in an effort to push back at Republicans who are recruiting “extremist candidates” for those positions, Hardin said. “We aren’t going to let these extremist groups get away with pushing their agendas.”

Anyway, subscribers know much more and we may be talking about this again next week.

* Some people will complain about literally anything. Here’s Center Square

Illinois’ credit rating got upgraded from worst in the country to tying with New Jersey for the worst. […]

Democrats have said they’ve managed the state’s finances without the billions of dollars in federal tax funds for COVID-19 relief. Truth In Accounting founder and CEO Sheila Weinberg sees it differently.

“The amount they borrowed from the federal reserve was paid down and some old bills were paid down so that’s the good news, but again, if you get $8 billion you can look pretty good,” Weinberg told The Center Square.

Weinberg notes credit rating agency ratings are not an indication of overall finances.

“It’s just the rating on the risk of whether the bonds will get paid,” she said. “The credit ratings are looking out for the bondholder and if they start running short to pay off the bonds then they’ll go to the taxpayers to pay those off. So the bondholders will get paid but the taxpayers are still on the hook.”

There has never been a time since our credit rating started sinking that the state was in danger of not making its bond payments. They’re first on the list by statute.

Take the win, for crying out loud. Also, for all the cheerleading that the Center Square bosses did for the previous guy’s fiscal armageddon that very nearly put us in junk bond status, maybe sit this one out.

* AG Raoul…

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, with 11 attorneys general, today filed a federal lawsuit against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) accusing it of singling out one of the two drugs used for medication abortion for excessively burdensome regulations, despite ample evidence proving the drug is safe.

Of the more than 20,000 drugs approved by the FDA, only 60 — including mifepristone — fall under a unique set of restrictions known as Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategies (REMS). REMS restrictions typically apply to inherently dangerous drugs such as opioids like fentanyl and high-dose sedatives used by psychiatric patients – not to drugs like mifepristone which have been safely used for over two decades. In the lawsuit, Raoul and the coalition assert the restrictions on prescribing and dispensing mifepristone are burdensome, harmful, unnecessary, and expose providers and patients to unnecessary privacy and safety risks.

* I’m not yet a fan of ranked-choice voting, but how extreme do you have to be to object to it because you might have to rank a candidate last? From the Illinois Opportunity Project

Why Ranked-Choice Voting Is Bad for Illinois Residents

The politicians and special interests in Chicago and Springfield want to control our elections and bring ranked-choice voting to Illinois. They want more power over who represents you and your family’s values.

Ranked-choice voting is meant to confuse residents and does not ensure that every vote counts.

Proponents of ranked-choice voting claim it is a more democratic system. What’s democratic about forcing you to rank a candidate that you have ZERO policy agreements to ensure your ballot doesn’t get thrown out? Yes, THROWN OUT.

* Daily Herald

Like many other victims of scams, Patricia Ibarra of Carol Stream feels foolish for being taken.

She’s also ashamed of persuading friends and relatives to join her in investing in a cryptocurrency venture that promised investors returns of 15% to 20%.

Federal authorities now say the purported investment opportunity was really a Ponzi scheme that targeted Latinos.

Ibarra, who lost $27,000 through the scheme, spoke publicly Tuesday about her experience in hopes other victims will step forward to report their dealings with Texas-based CryptoFX LLC to law enforcement.

She was among than 60 people rallying in front of the DuPage County sheriff’s office urging Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin to pursue justice in their cases.

* LaGrange Park native and all-around cretin

White nationalist Nick Fuentes claimed in 2021 that he was put on the TSA’s No Fly List as a victim of “overt political persecution.” Around the same time, he bragged that the federal government froze one of his bank accounts containing a sum in the “six figures” range.

But the 24-year-old Holocaust denier’s version of events doesn’t hold up to much scrutiny. […]

In court documents, first mentioned by the left-wing news site The Grayzone, the TSA reported they banned Fuentes from flying because he posed a safety risk to crew members and threatened to strangle flight attendants.

* Good news from Crain’s

A major convention that hasn’t been held in Chicago since 2005 is coming back to McCormick Place, an important win for the city as the local meeting and trade show industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rotary International announced yesterday it will hold its 2030 annual international convention at the Near South Side convention center. The Evanston-based service organization’s five-day event is expected to draw more than 40,000 attendees to the city, according to tourism agency Choose Chicago.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Federal Legislation Note - Friday, Feb 24, 23 @ 2:47 pm:

    ==What’s democratic about forcing you to rank a candidate that you have ZERO policy agreements to ensure your ballot doesn’t get thrown out? Yes, THROWN OUT.==
    This is false. In Alaska, a lot of Nick Begich supporters did not rank Sarah Palin.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 24, 23 @ 2:52 pm:

    ===There has never been a time since our credit rating started sinking that the state was in danger of not making its bond payments. They’re first on the list by statute.===

    Every time any bond rater issues a statement to the rating criteria without acknowledging this… it’s a rater hoping folks don’t realize what a racket the bond raters are running.

    ===Also, for all the cheerleading that the Center Square bosses did for the previous guy’s fiscal armageddon that very nearly put us in junk bond status, maybe sit this one out.===


  3. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Feb 24, 23 @ 2:54 pm:

    –Bosses are designing ‘resimercial’ offices that look like your living room to get you back at your desk–

    The actual solution to get people into an office, is to pay them for the time they spend commuting to an office.

    Personally, I still wouldn’t do it. After existing the other way for almost two decades now, it actually causes me physical discomfort to knowingly do something so utterly pointless. No amount of money would be worth it.

  4. - Techie - Friday, Feb 24, 23 @ 3:17 pm:

    “Ranked-choice voting is meant to confuse residents and does not ensure that every vote counts.”


    It’s not like you are forced to rank candidates you don’t like - just rank as many as you want.

    That said, approval voting accomplishes the same thing as RCV - giving third party and independent candidates a fair chance - while being far simpler. Instead of ranking candidates, you simply are allowed to vote for as many of the candidates as you like. And the winner is the candidate with the most votes.

    For instance, in the Chicago mayor’s race, I could vote for Kam Buckner, Brandon Johnson, and Chuy Garcia. I don’t have to try to figure out which one has the best chance of winning, I just vote for those who I would be comfortable with.

    The wonderful thing is that consensus candidates who appeal to voters in different parts of the political spectrum are most likely to win. Fringe candidates are far less likely to win.

  5. - JoanP - Friday, Feb 24, 23 @ 3:23 pm:

    From “A study of recent RCV elections found that voters of color were more likely to rank candidates than White voters. It also found that candidates of color were more likely to win RCV elections, particularly in races featuring multiple candidates of color.”

    I don’t suppose that would have anything to do with why they’re opposed to it . . .

    I also think they can’t read: “the voter MAY rank his or her preferences for the candidates for that office. A voter SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED to rank all candidates for that office.” [Emphasis added]

  6. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Feb 24, 23 @ 3:51 pm:

    Here in Springfield a radio host says if an organization has “Family” in their title, they’re not about “Family” … . Same is true about Truth in Accounting and Open the Books.

    What they’re about is ending defined benefit pensions and subjecting individuals to the sort of “IRA / 401 (k)” malfeasance the University of Chicago unleashed in Chile.

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