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Friday, Jul 28, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* It can’t be stressed enough that almost all national economics experts have been consistently and even wildly wrong for more than a year

Another key economic report further propped up the idea that a soft landing is not only possible, but also in motion: The Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge continued its deceleration in June while consumers kept the US economic engine running.

Commerce Department data released Friday showed that the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index rose 3% for the 12 months ended in June, easing for the second-consecutive month and stepping back from May’s 3.8% increase.

* Rep. Rita and the Tinley Park mayor have been on the outs for a while now. And it’s coming out into the open

State Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, is suing Tinley Park and Orland Township as well as village and township officials in federal court, alleging his constitutional rights have been denied because he’s been blocked from taking part in or holding community events.

The lawsuit was filed Friday and cites a “consistent and systematic campaign” to prevent Rita from taking part in events such as the National Night Out Against Crime, scheduled to take place Tuesday in Tinley Park.

The lawsuit also alleges village officials twice denied applications by Rita to hold shredding events last year in Tinley Park, something he had organized for several years prior.

The lawsuit is here.

* Press release…

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) awarded scholarships to a record 259 college-bound current and former youth in care – the most the agency has ever awarded in its history. The milestone was celebrated at a lunch and ceremony held in the students’ honor at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lisle, Ill.

Historically, the department has awarded an average of 53 scholarships each year. This year’s record breaking 259 scholarships is a 389% increase over the prior year, demonstrating the department’s commitment to education and increased investment in DCFS programs by Governor Pritzker and the General Assembly. The Governor’s FY24 budget provided$5.66 million in funding for DCFS scholarships, up from just over $1.2 million in FY19. […]

The DCFS Scholarship Program is available to youth who have an open DCFS case, whose cases were closed through adoption or guardianship, or who aged out of care at 18 or older. DCFS Scholarship Program recipients are selected based on their scholastic record and aptitude, community and extracurricular activities, three letters of recommendation, and a personal essay illustrating their purpose for higher education. […]

“The support I received from my DCFS Scholarship far exceeded its financial pillar. It also provided me with the time to focus on my studies, the confidence to enter a classroom with my head held high, and the assurance that success was obtainable,” said Krystal Hudson, event keynote speaker and 2006 scholarship recipient. “Attending the state university of my choice enabled me to create my own future, family, and career in southern Illinois. I am forever grateful for the opportunities given to me through being a recipient of the DCFS Scholarship.”

Scholarship recipients receive up to five consecutive years of tuition and academic fee waivers to be used at participating Illinois state community colleges and public universities, a monthly grant of $1,506 to offset other expenses, and a Medicaid card. Four awards are reserved for the children of veterans, and two awards are reserved for students pursuing degrees in social work in honor of Pamela Knight and Deidre Silas, two DCFS caseworkers who succumbed to injuries sustained in the line of duty.

* “Never mistake activity for achievement”

[Chicago Inspector General Deborah Witzburg] also accused CPD of going through the motions of complying with the federal consent — by reporting the percentage of the consent decree’s 799 paragraphs where there is “some level” of compliance.

That only means they’ve “written a policy that says that they intend to comply” with the mandate. It has “absolutely no impact on real life on the street — either for Chicagoans or members of the department,” Witzburg said.

“The metric that matters is the number of things that have changed in a real operational way. The number of things that are different on Chicago street corners today than they would have been at the beginning of 2019. And that number is in the single digit percentages,” Witzburg said.

That city’s government is just chock full of fittin’ to get ready types.

* No more indoor vaping…


* Isabel’s roundup…

       

10 Comments
  1. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 2:33 pm:

    “No more indoor vaping…”

    Welp, back to the nicotine pouches….


  2. - NIU Grad - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 3:04 pm:

    “almost all national economics experts have been consistently and even wildly wrong for more than a year”

    This is what Gov. Pritzker calls “spelunking for misery.” Republicans are really good at driving a message and every TV/Radio broadcast over the last year has made it seem like our economy is on death’s door.


  3. - State Fair - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 3:05 pm:

    ===Rep. Rita and the Tinley Park mayor have been on the outs for a while now.===

    This is where the Rodeo Clown (the Mayor of Tinley) gets hit by the bull. I’m sure there are about 15-20 other bulls lined up.


  4. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 3:08 pm:

    Never forget that Bruce Rauner’s budgets called for eliminating the DCFS Scholarship Program.


  5. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 3:37 pm:

    Great story about Lincoln’s spies! Appreciate it.


  6. - Flyin'Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 3:40 pm:

    If you’re determined to destroy your lungs, buy a pack of Marlboros and a zippo.

    Same results but you won’t look like a ____bag.


  7. - Regular democrat - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 4:07 pm:

    What is the back story with Rita and tinley orland? Who ever knows please tell


  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 4:09 pm:

    ===United buys former Motorola building in Arlington Heights for ops center===

    The Bears can always sell the racetrack *land* to United.

    That’ll show everyone.


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 4:26 pm:

    ===The phone tapping, human collection, and aerial snooping today’s U.S. spy community engages in can be traced back to the Civil War.===

    And like today, the secrecy of methods and assets is as important as anything, including all the way back to “1862”

    Love me some “Lincoln-Time Lore”


  10. - Google Is Your Friend - Friday, Jul 28, 23 @ 4:39 pm:

    ==* “Never mistake activity for achievement”…==

    And yet the Sun-Times blared out headlines for every report from Bob Boik, all of which were timed for released just a few days before the monitor’s reports.


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