To survive the Illinois GOP must be the anti-tax hike party

By John Ruberry While there is some debate on whether there was a blue wave nationally after last week's midterm elections,, in Illinois, my state, there certainly was one. Voters booted out a Republican governor, billionaire Bruce Rauner, for Democratic billionaire JB Pritzker. Both men opened their wallets to fund their campaigns and downticket races. … Continue reading To survive the Illinois GOP must be the anti-tax hike party

Democratic candidates for Illinois governor resort to scapegoating

By John Ruberry Illinois will have one of the most-closely watched gubernatorial contests this year. Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner has been a tremendous disappointment to me and just about every conservative voter I know. I enthusiastically backed the then-political newcomer in 2014, but this time around, as I explained here at Da Tech Guy, I'm … Continue reading Democratic candidates for Illinois governor resort to scapegoating

I want to Bring Back Illinois, which is why I support Jeanne Ives for governor

By John Ruberry At my own blog and here at Da Tech Guy, I enthusiastically backed the candidacy of Bruce Rauner, the current Republican governor of Illinois. Count me as an ex-supporter. I'll be voting for state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in next spring's primary. Rauner was a political newcomer when he narrowly defeated unpopular … Continue reading I want to Bring Back Illinois, which is why I support Jeanne Ives for governor

Illinois Math: Chicago Public Schools has fewer students but taxes go up

By John Ruberry On Friday a friend of this very blogger forwarded a Chicago Tribune Breaking News Alert to me: Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by nearly 10,000 students. And the year before CPS enrollment slid by 11,000. There are 371,382 students taking classes in CPS schools  In 2002 there 438,589 kids running the halls, … Continue reading Illinois Math: Chicago Public Schools has fewer students but taxes go up

Puerto Rico a dire warning for blue states

By John Ruberry If you believe that states--and commonwealths--cannot declare bankruptcy, you are technically correct. But last week a commonwealth, Puerto Rico, filed for bankruptcy in all but name, utilizing the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2016. That bill of course was written for Puerto … Continue reading Puerto Rico a dire warning for blue states

Unfunded pensions are why Chicago will be the next Detroit

By John Ruberry I've been saying that Chicago will be the next Detroit for years, and on Thursday, syndicated talk radio show host--and former Tea Party congressman--Joe Walsh, was making the same prediction on his program. Walsh was discussing a just-released pension study which the Chicago Sun-Times reported on. Standard & Poor's surveyed pension obligations … Continue reading Unfunded pensions are why Chicago will be the next Detroit

Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

By John Ruberry On the Sunday after the 9/11 attacks, Jeremiah Wright, then Obama's pastor, bellowed, "God d--n America" and "America's chickens are coming home to roost" from the pulpit of his Chicago church. Two nights from now President Barack Obama will give his farewell address in Chicago, his adopted hometown. The Hawaii-born 44th president moved … Continue reading Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

The Real Minimum Wage is Zero LA Garment Edition

Who could have seen this coming: Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing maker in Los Angeles, said it might outsource the making of some garments to another manufacturer in the U.S., and wiped out about 500 local jobs. The company still employs about 4,000 workers in Southern California. and it's not just the big … Continue reading The Real Minimum Wage is Zero LA Garment Edition

Why 21st century civil disobedience isn’t the same as 1960s civil disobedience

By John Ruberry Whether it's Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or a teachers union, leftist protesters who block streets and disrupt private businesses claim they are the spiritual descendants of Martin Luther King and the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Many of the members of these groups--and there is some overlap--wish they had been a … Continue reading Why 21st century civil disobedience isn’t the same as 1960s civil disobedience

Detroit teachers illegally strike with sick-outs and no one cares

By John Ruberry Last week five public schools in Detroit were closed due to sick-outs, that is, these for-the-kids educators called in sick when they weren't, likely by the direction of the Detroit Federation of Teachers. This is a strike in everything but name, and teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan. And no one it seems, … Continue reading Detroit teachers illegally strike with sick-outs and no one cares

Democrats remain stubborn as Illinois enters fourth month without a budget

By John Ruberry It's been four months since Illinois operated with a budget. But the story goes back a year when Land of Lincoln voters tossed out Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's two-time running mate, and chose Republican businessman Bruce Rauner to, as his proclaimed in his campaign slogans, "Bring back Illinois" and "Shake … Continue reading Democrats remain stubborn as Illinois enters fourth month without a budget

The $15 hr Cause meets the Robot Effect in San Francisco

There is a new fast food chain that is opening up in San Francisco per this report at KQED: San Francisco’s Newest Fast Food: Healthy, Cheap and Served by Robots Do tell: Across the country, restaurants are looking for innovative ways to keep humans out of the picture. But what’s unique about Eatsa is the … Continue reading The $15 hr Cause meets the Robot Effect in San Francisco

Unions–and a one day classroom sub–shed light on Illinois’ pension debacle

By John Ruberry About 20 percent of Illinois' operating budget goes to state worker pensions. With so much cash going to retired Prairie State employees, you would think that the state where I live would be on diligent in funding the system. But Illinois' pensions are the worst funded among the 50 states.  Some years … Continue reading Unions–and a one day classroom sub–shed light on Illinois’ pension debacle

Next public sector union battleground: Illinois

By John Ruberry Four years after Wisconsin became the chief battleground in the war of taxpayers versus public sector unions, a new front is developing south of the Cheese Curtain in Illinois. With the possible exception of California, no where else in America are government unions so powerful. And of course it should be no … Continue reading Next public sector union battleground: Illinois

The McStrike McSelfie Challenge or Where’s the Beef?

Today if you go to CNN, MSNBC & even Fox you will find stories about the McStrike where fast food workers are DEMANDING that McDonalds pay them $15 an hour for making burgers. While said "strike" is getting plenty of play in media it's a different story if you actually go to a McDonalds that … Continue reading The McStrike McSelfie Challenge or Where’s the Beef?

Where is the Patrick & Liz Warren Support for Market Basket Employees?

Don Fanucci: This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little. Godfather II 1974 I spotted this update at the Save Market Basket Fasebook page: 1. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Deval Patrick have both declined to take a stand in our … Continue reading Where is the Patrick & Liz Warren Support for Market Basket Employees?

What makes the Market Basket Protest Unique?

If you want to understand how unique the Market Basket protest is listen to this WBUR interview with one of the protesters who has been fired after 41 years at the store You might note the entire argument of the fired worker concerning the good of the business & the old CEO who made it … Continue reading What makes the Market Basket Protest Unique?

Illinois’ governor race: A battle for the ages

By John Ruberry Pity the Land of Lincoln--four of its last eight elected governors have been convicted of federal crimes--one of them, Rod Blagojevich, is still in prison. He's inmate 40892-424. Blago's successor and two-time running mate, fellow Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn, is running for a second full term. The Republican nominee is Bruce Rauner, a … Continue reading Illinois’ governor race: A battle for the ages

Workers 1, UAW/VW 0

By Steve Eggleston The Wall Street Journal reports that the United Auto Workers' effort to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee fell short. Had the UAW been successful, the VW plant would have been the first foreign-owned plant in a Southern state to be unionized. The story behind the unionization drive, and its failure, … Continue reading Workers 1, UAW/VW 0

Guest Commentary: Postal Workers vs Staples

By Gary Goldman Does The Postal Workers Union Need To “Staple” It Shut? Does a union whose rank and file is employed by a quasi-government agency, funded by taxpayer money that is losing billions of dollars per year, have the right to object to innovative solutions that may help ease the financial hemorrhaging . This … Continue reading Guest Commentary: Postal Workers vs Staples