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Dan Proft: Chicago New Mayor Exacerbates Budget Crisis

Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago in April to much national fanfare as a triumph of identity politics. She labeled herself “a triple threat” because she’s black, gay and female.

Now: Six months in and amid Chicago’s second teachers’ strike in seven years, Lightfoot has discovered math doesn’t care about her intersectionality and neither does the Chicago Teachers’ Union.

Chicago teachers, already the highest paid in the nation adjusted for cost of living, rejected a 16 percent pay increase over five years that would bring the average teacher salary to nearly $100,000. That doesn’t include the net present value pension of more than $2 million guaranteed for which teachers contribute only 2 percent of their salaries.

The Chicago Public School system currently has nearly $20 billion in bills and less than $3 billion to pay for them.

Chicago’s democratic politicians have done a torch of a job on the city’s finances … rivaling what fire did to the physical city in 1871.

Lightfoot is just the latest pyromaniac.

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Dan Proft: “Completely Corrupt” Chicago

In 1952, Alderman Robert Merriam remarked to journalist A.J. Liebling that Chicago “is the only completely corrupt city in America.”

That hasn’t changed in the dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is one of the Socialist Spice Girls put together by Michelle Obama’s top lieutenants. That’s why Mayor Rahm Emanuel was out of the communication loop.

Why would Foxx have inappropriate ex parte communications and muck up her recusal?

Why would her office waive the customary demand for reduced sentencing by Smollett and offer no objection to the case file being immediately sealed?

Was Foxx making good on a promise?—accepting a bigger, better quid pro quo?—or just singing the tune she needed to sing to stay in the band?

That’s now a matter for the FBI to figure out.

What everyone has figured out about Chicago is that the rule of politics supersedes the rule of law.

Chicago—indeed—is completely corrupt.

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Democrats and Media Ponder Life After the Mueller Investigation

Townhall Review – March 30, 2019

Hugh Hewitt talks with Senator John Cornyn about the Mueller report and angst the Democrats are now feeling. Larry Elder talks to Professor John Eastman of Chapman University who says there is a Russia story, but it doesn’t involve President Trump. Hugh Hewitt’s guest Mike Allen of Axios is one of the first to admit Trump won the day.  Mike Gallagher looks that those in the media who are reluctant, to say the least, to admit they were wrong about the Mueller investigation. Hugh Hewitt talks with Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., about the recent Hamas attacks on Israeli territory. Ed Martin talks with Dr. Kathi Aultman, an abortion doctor, whose change of heart has her now Pro-Life. Larry Elder opines on the dropping of charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and the incensed reaction of Chicago’s police chief and Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

 

 

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Hugh Hewitt: Sexual Harassment And The Need For Good Reporting

U.S. Senate

We all have to be aware that victims of sexual abuse, assault and harassment are legion, and that each story about a new victim or victimizer potentially impacts all survivors. We know that stories on spouses who flee domestic abuse, for example, routinely inspire other victims to seek help and shelter. That’s why careful media coverage of the recent spate of stories matters so much.

We also have to recall, however, that false allegations do happen. The late Cardinal Bernadin of Chicago’s Catholic Archdiocese was wrongly accused of molestation by a young man who later recanted his terrible charge. The Duke Lacrosse Team was unjustly prosecuted. Rolling Stone infamously defamed a University of Virginia fraternity over an alleged gang rape that did not happen.

It’s a delicate balance between the reality of vast numbers of assaults and a few terrible false charges, a reality that can only be dealt with by close attention to facts and due process, not only in the courts but the media as well.

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