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Will America Survive Trump?

Dennis Jett | Posted 11.26.2016 | Politics
Dennis Jett

That Trump could be elected while losing the popular vote by 2 million votes shows the weakness of American democracy. That someone as despicable as him could obtain the office demonstrates that the values that America supposedly stands for matter so little to so many.

Political Patronage in Honduras: It's Feast or Famine

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

One of the main reasons the Liberal Party in Honduras appears amenable to exploring a loose alliance with other opposition political parties such as L...

Illinois Lawmaker Denies Making The Least Subtle Patronage Request Ever

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Patronage requests are usually made quietly, perhaps in a smoke-filled back room, but one Illinois Republican appears to have brought sunlight to the ...

Crowdfunding's Patreon Takes Aim At YouTube's Business Model

Turnstyle | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) "I can't see any possible future where there isn't a media site that isn't paired with crowdfunding," Jack Conte tel...

Obama's Ambassador Problem

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Lionel Beehner

Our foreign policy will continue to be a eight-year-long trainwreck and second-rate operation so long as Obama anoints his richest bundlers as ambassadors.

What Metra and Transit Agency Improvements Will We Achieve?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

With news of another group looking at fixing our transit oversight in Illinois, we wonder what will be the legacy of the Metra Memogate? What will we have accomplished?

State Rep. Jack Franks: Maybe Clifford Broke the Law?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford might have had a duty to report to authorities the pressure he felt from House Speaker Michael Madigan and others to promote and hire certain workers. Madigan writes laws and doesn't break them.

Madigan/Cullerton lawsuit: "Quinn acting like Blagojevich"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

"NOT SINCE GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH..." House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton begin their lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn by in...

When Who You Know Just Won't Work

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.

More patronage outrage from Metra scandal

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA OUTRAGE CONTINUES It turns out that the Metra employee for whom House Speaker Michael Madigan was trying to obtain a raise was already collectin...

Your Dream Is Their Dream: Bypassing the Publisher

John Bergquist | Posted 05.04.2013 | Books
John Bergquist

The age of the art patron is alive and well. Instead of being the activity of the rich, the patron is the person with five dollars to spare and a favorite author to support. Their dream is our dream.

A Change of Heart on Charters for Alderman Moreno?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.17.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Public scrutiny may have given the alderman a change of heart regarding charter schools. This was not the first time his education policy preferences caused a backlash. This time, Moreno may have actually gotten the message.

Official Gets Sarcastic 'Valentine' From Political Opponent

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, who has said on multiple occasions that he hires his family members and does not feel bad about doing so, received a...

Athens: New World to Emulate

Richard Laermer | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Richard Laermer

After a week here I believe that these leaders are childish and scared to change; and that Greek professional workers will never accept those in power.

James Franco Raises Money To Make Non-Visible Art (VIDEO)

Posted 08.15.2011 | Arts

It may sound like an adaptation of "The Emperor's New Clothes" but James Franco's new art project with Praxis (Brainard and Delia Carey), a conceptual...

Stroger's Ten Lowest Moments As County Board President

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, newly elected Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was sworn in. Her first day on the job, Preckwinkle fired patronage workers tied...

Pinstripes and Teabags

Martin Tolchin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Tolchin

The rise of "pinstripe patronage" results from the convergence of two factors: the soaring costs of political campaigns, and the simultaneous need to reward political supporters.

What Can't be Said Today

Bob Bowdon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bob Bowdon

In education these days, it's only politically acceptable to discuss how much is spent, not how well it's spent.

Three Ways to Better Government

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

There was a time when nobody would order a birth certificate at Cook County Vital Records unless they packed their favorite book and a lunch. But times have changed.

Barack Obama's Slipping Presidency

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

In today's world of instant communication and blatant demagoguery, is an effective presidency even possible?

Same Old LA Story

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Unfortunately, as Mike Boehm wrote, "SoCal billionaires [are] plentiful, but most are not known for giving big sums to the arts." Luckily Eli Broad had a good year.

Illinois Primary Results Show Local Political Machine 'Breaking Down'

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After serving some 20 years as an elected leader of the obscure-but-jobs-rich Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Terence O'Brien decided last ye...

Josh Penry's Examples Of Patronage In New Energy Office Turn Out To Be False

The Denver Post | Lynn Bartels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The director of the Governor's Energy Office recently interviewed 20 people from scores of applicants and hired someone who had worked on Republican B...

Orr Warns Of Political Machines, Quid Pro Quo As Election Season Begins

Chicago Public Radio | Ammad Omar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Clerk David Orr says residents shouldn't be fooled into collecting signatures for candidates promising them a job down the line....

Browner Not Greener: The Decline and Fall of Environmental Policy

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The Times defined Carol Browner as "an acolyte of former Vice President Al Gore." The Clinton administration paid little attention to environmental issues and accomplished less.