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Re: “For a small steak house, Knife is big on showmanship

I want to thank Mike Sula for taking the time to come to our establishment, compliment and critique us. We have made numerous adjustments prior to this review. We have upped our ribeye size to a 16oz, and have spent a great deal of attention to our temperatures of our 28oz ribeye and have increased the amount of meat in our oxtail doughnut holes! We hope to see many of you reading this as we move through 2017. Thank you all! Chef Timothy Cottini!

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Posted by Chef Timothy on 01/11/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The media is itching for a fight with Trump

@ Sez Me,

I know a guy who's big in the Deep State and I'm pretty sure he can fix that Mt. Rushmore thing for you, but it's going to cost you.

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Posted by Dystopian Popcorn Eater on 01/11/2017 at 10:18 PM

Re: “The media is itching for a fight with Trump

@frugal but not blind
Facts? You are so, so 20th century! You wearing tie-dye and Dingo Boots, amigo?

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Posted by Sez Me on 01/11/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “After a 15-month search, Smart Museum gets Gass

Hyde Parkers and all Chicagoans can be proud that this fine institution has recently been ranked among the top 900 art museums in the entire Midwest.

By the way, what else would you possibly call an art museum on the campus of the great U of C?!

Posted by Bruno Bettelheim Sleim on 01/11/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “The media is itching for a fight with Trump

Better to fight now than later. You can deny the facts, but the facts have a way of catching up with you.

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Posted by frugal but not blind on 01/11/2017 at 6:12 PM

Re: “The media is itching for a fight with Trump

@Dystopian Popcorn Eater
Moi? Mt. Rushmore? Only if I, Reagan, Ike, Coolidge, replace those four turkeys!

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Posted by Sez Me on 01/11/2017 at 6:02 PM

Re: “The media is itching for a fight with Trump

I think you mean the entire Establishment--the Wall Street banksters and the rest of the corporate oligarchs, the MIC warmongers and the alphabet-soup spy agencies and all the other elements of the Deep State, the Hollywood agitprop machine, the cultural Marxist professorate, all the melting snowflakes, the hucksters of the grievance industry and the professional race-baiters, as well as the whole phony-progressive boobeoisie--all of them join with the now-crumbling propaganda machine known as the MSM in itching for a fight with Trump. Stock up on popcorn and enjoy the show.

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Posted by Dystopian Popcorn Eater on 01/11/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “The media is itching for a fight with Trump

Inauguration Day Countdown! Fritz Lang: "It's another of my damned 'touches!' "

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Posted by Sez Me on 01/11/2017 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Betsy Devos’s presumed agenda: Dismantle public education

Perhaps the author of this article is not aware, as she appears to be of one mind with unions, but many Americans are fed up with the quality of education and the abyss into which our tax dollars disappear for pensions and health benefits. The majority of retired teachers get benefits many times more costly than an average private sector worker with a comparable salary. And in case you've missed it for the past couple decades, American schoolchildren perform miserably on the global stage - ranking generally around 25th in reading, math, and science literacy, consistently below the OECD average in math. When unions are more worried about wringing as much money out of taxpayers and staunchly opposed to implementing sustainable and proven modes of compensation (rewarding performance rather than seniority, for example), they have begun to prove themselves miserably bloated and obsolete.

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Posted by Shania on 01/11/2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Obama’s making a ‘last-minute push’ to reform Chicago police before Trump’s inauguration, and other news

My buddy Vlad denies so-called spying! Also denies the so-called Gulag Archipelago!

Posted by Sez Me on 01/11/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Obama’s making a ‘last-minute push’ to reform Chicago police before Trump’s inauguration, and other news

Fasten your seat belts, it's gonna be a bumpy Press Conference! For the "media!"

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Posted by Sez Me on 01/11/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Alderman Maldonado follows through

Anyone who is interested in investigating Maldonado please contact me at jjmcsr@aol.com. I have enough proof to put him in federal prison!

Posted by Guerrilla Journalist on 01/11/2017 at 1:28 AM

Re: “Alderman Maldonado follows through

1/11/2017- Alderman Roberto Maldonado still in office! Crooked politician was right! He is now a super millionaire and protects hostile developers rid themselves of low income people( Puerto Rican's) by allowing the property to fall into dangerous conditions without repair so that they move out! Maldonado is a terrible tyrant oppressing his own Puerto Rican People for profit! Check 1608-10 N. Harding Avenue Brehon LLC Paul Callero and Scott Holloway dealings with Maldonado. Joseph Carrillo Guerrilla Journalist Corrupt Politician Exposer People's Tribune News Writer/ Activist. See also videos concerning Maldonado on " Boriqua News Chicago " YouTube.

Posted by Guerrilla Journalist on 01/11/2017 at 1:25 AM

Re: “The economic causes of Chicago’s violence

"You have repeatedly suggested that the best way to help those living in blighted communities is to use TIFs to fund projects in wealthy communities rather than to raise the minimum wage, which you claim would actually harm those living in blighted communities."

I don't understand what that is supposed to mean. The way you phrase that sentence is ridiculous, especially for an English teacher. I certainly have never said said that using TIFs to fund projects in wealthy communities is "the best way to help those living in blighted communities". All I've said is using some government funds such as TIFs to encourage those projects can be worthwhile in boosting economic growth in the city and if they are they will help everyone who lives in the city, including those who live in blighted areas. And I believe the benefits to this far outweigh the costs. You and Joravsky and others of the ironically self-identified "progressive" advocates for a hands-off government involvement in economic development believe that the use of TIFs in middle and upper income areas is a negative for the city that hurts the poorest residents. I believe it is, in contrast, a positive that helps them. That doesn't mean I think it is "the best way to help" them, as if no other government policies have an even more positive effect that it. I believe it is one of numerous policies that would have a positive impact on reducing poverty and allowing people to succeed in life. And I don't recall ever contrasting TIFs with minimum wage increases or even discussing them both at the same time, which is kind of what your sentence implies. The two things have about as little to do with each other as any two city policies can.

"I am claiming that raising the minimum wage would benefit those living in blighted communities more effectively than giving millions of dollars of TIFs for projects in wealthy communities,"

That's pretty much a non-sequitur. It's like mentioning that watching a good movie is a better idea that confirming Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. The two things have nothing to do with each other. Raising the minimum wage doesn't even directly involve raising any tax dollars, though it does affect tax revenue in the long run (whether its positive or negative depends on your view of whether the increase will be positive or negative for the economy) and does increase costs for everybody.

"which would allow us to redirect those TIFs to programs that directly impact the lives of those living in blighted communities, which is what TIFs were originally supposed to do. "

Well, the original intent of TIFs were to encourage economic development (not programs, directly) in blighted communities. Like many things in life, sometimes people realize that the benefits to something go beyond what was thought when it was first conceived. Wikipedia, for example, was first conceived as just a user-generated farming mechanism that might provide useful suggestions for an editor-driven encyclopedia. Eventually, people realized that some of the strongest benefits of encouraging economic development would be in non-blighted areas, where the tax revenue and job growth would be a lot higher. The tax revenue that TIFs create, through economic development, is used dis-proportionally for people who live in poorer areas. Lower income people make use of city (and other local government) services disproportionately compared to higher income people. Around 85% of CPS students, for example, come from low income families. And the jobs that are created by these economic development projects, both directly and indirectly, are taken by people from all income levels. There have been TIF funds used in blighted areas. TIF funds were just used in Englewood, for example, for the development that included a new Whole Foods. But policymakers have rightly not limited these funds to struggling neighborhoods because they realize the potential for the most increased tax revenue and increased jobs is in areas that are not blighted.

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Posted by The original IAC on 01/10/2017 at 10:11 PM

Re: “Will a Trump DOJ quash Chicago police reforms?

Boy, you sure told him...

Posted by David Cobb on 01/10/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Obama’s early writing on Chicago was eerily prophetic about America’s future

Pretty sure that was Bill Ayers' early writing on Chicago,

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Posted by Kenwood Lad on 01/10/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “The economic causes of Chicago’s violence

"We had been discussing the minimum wage and you changed the subject to TIFs."

I'll try to do this as gently as possible. You have repeatedly suggested that the best way to help those living in blighted communities is to use TIFs to fund projects in wealthy communities rather than to raise the minimum wage, which you claim would actually harm those living in blighted communities. I am claiming that raising the minimum wage would benefit those living in blighted communities more effectively than giving millions of dollars of TIFs for projects in wealthy communities, which would allow us to redirect those TIFs to programs that directly impact the lives of those living in blighted communities, which is what TIFs were originally supposed to do.

"What I said was not exaggerated and it was meant to be taken literally."

Since when is the suggestion of a $50,000 an hour minimum wage not hyperbole? Definition of hyperbole: exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

"Why do you believe that drug users from the suburbs should be treated with a tough on crime approach while those who live in the city, or at least the poorest neighborhoods in the city, should be treated less harshly?"

I believe that entrepreneurs in the suburbs need to be supported.

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 01/10/2017 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Obama’s early writing on Chicago was eerily prophetic about America’s future

Why is it so hard to accept that whenever, _WHENVER_ you give people power so that you can live in a la-la land where you don't have to make decisions, YOU ARE DELUSIONAL. That's putting it really mildly.

Whenever you empower the greedy and psychopathic - bureaucrats and politicians, and cops and lawyers: you are responsible.

When you empower those who can only survive because of your greedy and selfish wish to return to a state of childlike innocence: you are responsible.

Because of your wish to be infantile you are just as responsible for the killing, disease, war, poverty, illness, corruption - You are just as responsible for violence as the politicians and bureaucrats.

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Posted by Chief Priest Say on 01/10/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Illinois Republicans and Democrats actually worked together on state budget proposal, and other Chicago news

@Meryl Streep
I knew Kate Hepburn. Kate Hepburn was a friend of mine. You're no Kate Hepburn!

Posted by Sez Me on 01/10/2017 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Obama’s early writing on Chicago was eerily prophetic about America’s future

@Todd Elliott Koger
Sessions advised: "Mr. President, invite one in you get the whole damn NBA!"

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Posted by Sez Me on 01/10/2017 at 6:05 AM