‘I want my Native Americans’?: Indigenous focused, run network premiers today in Chicago

‘I want my Native Americans’?: Indigenous focused, run network premiers today in Chicago Starting today (November 1st), PBS station WYCC will host a Native American-focused channel, FNX, on 20-2. FNX which stands for First Nations Experience is an excellent addition to the WYCC channels which already feature one of the best sources of education andContinue reading “‘I want my Native Americans’?: Indigenous focused, run network premiers today in Chicago”

What Does Illinois Export?

What does Illinois export and to which countries? While overshadowed by Springfield politics regarding pensions, concealed weapons, and gay marriage, Governor Pat Quinn recently visited Mexico on a trade mission. This jaunt was the fifth such mission having previously visited: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, & China. Leaving aside FDI and trade in services (for this articleContinue reading “What Does Illinois Export?”

Governor for the Day? The problem of over-simplification

Earlier today I came across a very interesting resource: an interactive model of the Illinois state budget. In case you have been living under a rock, Illinois is about as well-run as gymnasium managed by chimpanzees (and I fear that I give that state’s legislators too much credit in the comparison). The extent of Illinois’Continue reading “Governor for the Day? The problem of over-simplification”

Boeing goes Back to Business after Battery Troubles

After nearly three months, Boeing’s cutting-edge 787 was reapproved for commercial flight. Chicago-based Boeing’s new jet had suffered delays in the past related to its groundbreaking electronics system and composite body. However, the most recent problem related to its Lithium battery have been worse because this was after airlines had begun utilize the aircraft. EvenContinue reading “Boeing goes Back to Business after Battery Troubles”

US Elections: They are far from perfect, yet you should STILL vote!

On the eve of local elections in Illinois, it’s good to think about what it means to vote in America. Most races here are majoritarian. The person with the most votes wins the race. Typically, that person does not even need a majority of votes (50% +1). Rather, they need only a plurality or theContinue reading “US Elections: They are far from perfect, yet you should STILL vote!”

Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?

First, it’s freezing. Then, it’s 60 degrees and thundering. Now we are on to snow storm after snow storm. Chicago weather has been something else this year and as it turns out, it might be partly our fault. The Department of Energy recently released the 2010 data for carbon dioxide emissions per state. For Illinois, theContinue reading “Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?”

What do you know about your tank of gas? (The answers are here!)

Last week I put up this poll asking where our oil comes for here in Chicago? Thanks to the monthly data on imports, I can now report that the majority of Illinois’ petroleum comes from our neighbors to the north: Canada. Congratulations to the forty percent of you who got this one right! But those whoContinue reading “What do you know about your tank of gas? (The answers are here!)”

Vote Yes on the IL Constitutional Amendment

In short: This amendment will make it more difficult for legislators to turn Illinois into Greece. The Amendment will deter any further growth in unfunded future liabilities from direct benefit pensions and other benefits to public employees. Finally for those in public service (including myself) let me make clear that it will NOT affect currentContinue reading “Vote Yes on the IL Constitutional Amendment”