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Re: “If Rauner loves African-Americans, he’s got a funny way of showing it

"I'm going to refrain from going on about how Rauner almost put dozens of black-owned day care centers out of business by unilaterally cutting the state's child-care assistance program. "

He did not unilaterally cut the state's child-care assistance program. You're lying about that. He cut funding after the Democrats in the legislature failed to give him a balanced budget that brought in enough revenue. Reasonable people can disagree about who is most at fought for that. But at least give people the full context so people can decide for themselves and are not mislead. Why are you afraid of giving people the full context.

To repeat what has been said dozens of times before, neither the state nor the city are giving Amazon a handout. They are offering them a tax-incentive. Nobody believes that Amazon will come here without a tax incentive, as tons of other locations are offering them similar incentives. The tax incentive simply means they will be paying a little less than they would without the incentive. It does not involve the city giving any money to the company. The city has to have some kind of dynamic taxing structure that takes into account what attracts businesses and residents.

Posted by The original IAC on 06/22/2018 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Distinguished CPS principal resigns after threats, controversy over anti-police speaker

"A dose of life experiences from others is what education is all about. Narrow minded education won't help kids navigate a complex world."

Absolutely. But you can bring a speaker in to talk to students who is very critical of the police and wants major reforms but who hasn't called them "killers" and said "fuck the police". This was a terrible exercise of judgement to bring someone so radical to discuss a serious issue regardless of what he ended up focusing on. But it sounds like it's unfortunate that it ended up forcing her out of her job.

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Posted by The original IAC on 06/19/2018 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Chicago Crusader publisher Dorothy Leavell to lead the Reader

"Funny how IAC thinks that the Reader will be less liberal because it's now black-owned"

I'm not sure what's funny about that. In the last Democratic Presidential primary, black voters overwhelmingly supported the less radical among the two candidates. The same thing was true with the last mayoral election in Chicago. It's a myth that black voters are less practical (or more liberal, or whatever phrase one wants to use) than white Democrats. It's also a myth that a large percentage of black residents support radical anti-police movements rather than believing in more modest but significant police reform. The aldermen representing inner-city neighborhoods were the ones who recommended Eddie Johnson for police superintendent. He's an insider who believes in modest reforms rather than an outsider believing in starting the organization from scratch, as some were advocating after the McDonald shooting.

I looked at the Chicago Crusader website and am pleased to see that it has user comments. Perhaps that provides some evidence that the Reader isn't going to join the trend of news organizations that, for whatever reason, eliminate their comment sections.

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Posted by The original IAC on 06/16/2018 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Chicago Crusader publisher Dorothy Leavell to lead the Reader

I'n not familiar with the Chicago Crusader. But I actually think if anything this could cause the Reader to report on race issues in a more nuanced and less extreme way. The simplistic narratives of "cops are bad and want to torment black residents" and "the major catalyst for problems of inequality in the city is aggressive policing" have really come from out-of-touch whites more than anyone else. A good portion of residents, and even activists, in the inner-city believe that the police generally serves an important purpose even if they (correctly) believe that the pendulum has swung much too far in terms of over-policing and that there needs to be reforms so that they are held more accountable when things go wrong. I'm very much for police-reform and for, in many cases, using less aggressive and punitive methods. But the extreme way the Reader has "reported" on this issue in the past three years or so has been rather reprehensible, in my opinion. We see the attitude from the (white) Reader editor during most of that time in this ridiculous article about a neighborhood he clearly didn't bother to visit himself:… There were articles in the Reader that literally gave serious consideration to the notion that police and prisons be completely eliminated. A couple of articles spread misinformation about an epidemic of missing children in Chicago and police not doing anything about it. It can't get much worse. Perhaps new ownership will make sure there is a more realistic depiction of this important issue.

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Posted by The original IAC on 06/15/2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Could Dems survive without Michael Madigan at the top?

The fact that California might be a little better off than Illinois right now doesn't exactly mean California is in good shape. It's really the calm before the storm in that state as well as in New York, in my opinion. When the minimum wage for each of those states gets to around $15, as it is already set to do, the economy in the most rural parts of these state will be devastated. Other areas of the state won't be hit as hard but they will struggle a lot more compared with what otherwise would be the case.

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Posted by The original IAC on 06/12/2018 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Singer welcomed by America's Got Talent—but not the CTA

" the Washington Red Line station never reopened, but the CTA's ordinance wasn't amended to take the ghost station off the list. Johnston and many other performers thus interpret the 'Washington and State Streets' performance location in the ordinance as the Lake Street station, which now has entrances stretching all the way to Washington Street."

What exactly caused the use of the word "now"? I think my memory of 12 to 14 years ago is pretty good and I'm well over 99% certain that no entrances to the Lake Street station have been added since the Washington station was closed. The entrances that exist on the southern end of the platform existed at that time as well. When you got off a train at the Lake Street stop and walked up the stairs and the southern end of the platform you got to the same mezzanine level where there are stairs labelled "Washington Street" as well as "Randolph Street" that bring you to the middle of the block closest to each respective street. I believe this same mezzanine level was also used as the northern entrance to the Washington street stop and I think you can still see the remnants of that now. But it obviously was never considered the same station as everybody refers to stations as separate places where train stops (or else the ordinance would also consider the Jackson Red and Jackson Blue stations as the same because it also has common entrances, and obviously it lists them separately). Nothing has changed since before the Washington station went away that would logically cause anybody to think that the Lake Street station could now also be considered the Washington Street station. This is important because clearly the Lake Street station was not included in the ordinance allowing people to play music. If people wish to change this they need to convince the city council to pass a new ordinance. It should be extremely clear that the old ordinance does not include Lake Street. And the misleading implication here that there's been a change in the physical structure of the Lake Street station as to add entrances that didn't exist before needs to be corrected. I'll check tomorrow to make sure that it has.

"Singer welcomed by America's Got Talentbut not the CTA"

The level of talent that this particular individual may have is irrelevant. The ordinance is not designed to screen people for quality of performance. So the headline of the article is completely beside the point.

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Posted by The original IAC on 06/12/2018 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Do we really need theater critics?

"Angela Tallis--what a bunch of neoliberal claptrap. Where is the proof that millennials prefer part-time and that it's not simply a case of employers unwilling to pay benefits and a living wage?"

I think in the media industry these days it's more a case of "unable" rather than "unwilling" (your employer, for example, just stated that the company has a 60% chance of survival over the next two years:… ) But that seems beyond the point here anyways. This article was about the effect that the decline of full-time arts critics has had arts journalism and the arts in general. I think Angela was pointing out that looking only at the amount of full-time arts critics overstates the decline in arts coverage because there are still part-time arts critics. There are positives and negatives to this from the perspective of the consumer (a positive is that having multiple part-time critics instead of one full-time critic increases the diversity of perspectives). But I think it's much more important to consider how these changes affect arts journalism overall rather than whether or not it's better for critics.

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Posted by The original IAC on 06/09/2018 at 12:05 AM

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