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    Will Chicago’s Latest Gun Ban Being Thrown out Finally Teach the City a Lesson?

    The decision on Monday by federal judge Edmond Chang in Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers v. Chicago to throw out Chicago’s ban on gun sales comes as no surprise, but it illustrates the continuing efforts of the city’s political leadership, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to deny the Second Amendment rights of its … More

    The Obamacare Big City Bailout

    Bloomberg reports this week on the latest Obamacare trend sweeping across the country: Cities and states may soon attempt to unload unsustainable health costs on the federal government by dumping employees and retirees onto exchanges. Both Chicago and Detroit have explored using the exchanges to reduce massive budget shortfalls, and … More

    Congress Should Not Follow Illinois Example on Internet Sales Tax

    CHICAGO, IL—To see how the Internet sales tax would affect small businesses, we need only look at Illinois. The President’s home state tried its own “Amazon tax” and had negative results, yet Illinois is the driving force behind similar federal legislation. Imagine a small online retailer in Champaign-Urbana selling Illini … More

    Jesse Jackson Jr. Facing "Significant Jail Time"

    Jesse Jackson Jr. is facing “significant jail time” in his pending plea deal over a Justice Department investigation of the misuse of his federal campaign fund, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Apparently, Jackson was using those funds to purchase things like a $40,000 Rolex. Jackson resigned last November in the … More

    Union Strong-Arming Rewarded in Chicago

    The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has ended its seven-day strike, agreeing to a contract negotiated by the union and the school district. At the expense of 350,000 children and taxpayers throughout the state, the union has won big. The union secured a 3 percent salary increase in the first year, … More

    Chicago Teachers Union President: Teachers Want "Anything More They Can Get"

    As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike continues into its second week, 800 union delegates are preparing to vote on an agreement today. While CTU President Karen Lewis—who led the walkout on September 10—backs the speculative agreement, she admits that the delegates “very well could” vote against it and continue … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike Contradicts Principle of Public Service

    Students at Chicago schools are spending another day at home today, after a 700-page court filing against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was sidelined for later consideration. Teachers walked off the job soon after the school year began, frustrating Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and thousands of Chicago parents. “This continued … More

    Not-So-Happy Hour: 52nd Thwarted Terror Plot Targets Chicago Bar

    For patrons at an unnamed Chicago bar this past Friday, happy hour could have had a less than happy ending, as the FBI arrested 18-year-old  in an attempt to detonate a car bomb right outside. Thankfully, the FBI had been tracking Daoud for months and had disabled the bomb, ensuring … More

    Chicago Teachers' Retirement Benefits Are Extravagant

    When Chicago teachers began their strike on Monday, critics rightly pointed out that the city already pays one of the highest average teacher salaries in the nation. Even more important, however, is the generous retirement package received by Chicago public school teachers. A Chicago teacher who retired in 2011 after … More

    Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Parent's Perspective

    This week marked the second week of school in Virginia for my two elementary-level children. And as I began to navigate the “get to know you” phase of the new school year, I had a dismaying new perspective on the current teacher union strike in Chicago. There are a lot … More