With the city’s credit rating lowered to junk bond status, and claims that the city is teetering on bankruptcy, Rahm Emmanuel’s coronation as mayor this week is estimated to cost taxpayers almost a half million dollars. The bully mayor’s swearing in (Chicagoans are the ones who should be swearing) will take place at the Chicago Theatre, the premiere event space in Chicago, with a monumental price tag to taxpayers. The Chicago Theatre is owned and directed by New York’s Madison Square Garden. Given the current fiscal state of affairs propagated by alarmists and opportunists in the mayor’s and Governor’s office, a formal and respectful swearing in ceremony in city hall would have sufficed. Other cities, not decrying catastrophic fiscal woes warranting the closing of schools and mental clinics, and which do not proliferate red light and speed cameras in predominantly minority and working class neighborhoods, do not lavish upon civil servants extravagant and costly ceremonies this mayor expects on the backs of the taxpayer.
Chicago, you get what you voted for.
Vivre la revolucion!
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WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com
The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting. Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.