Naomi Klein: Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine

From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine

By Naomi Klein, The Guardian, April 10, 2014

Naomi Klein

The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating  anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) – that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean tself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.
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Chicago's outsourcing habit has costly consequences

By: Daphne T. Greenwood, in Crain's Chicago Business, April 14, 2014   Read more »

The Debate: Should Bernie Run as a Dem or an Independent?

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Protesters Demand Robin Kelly Keep her promise to support the Robin Hood Tax

By Bill Bianchi, PDA Illinois  Read more »

Guzzardi wins big, Preckwinkle’s phony progressives lose


By Lenny Brody and Bill Bianchi, PDA-Chicago

The Democratic March 18th primary elections produced important lessons for progressive activists in Chicago. First, Will Guzzardi’s 60% victory showed how a grassroots, movement based campaign can defeat the state (Madigan) and Cook country (Berrios) Democratic machines.

Revised Chicago Petcoke Ordinance 'Opens The Door' For More Dirty Facilities, Environmentalists Say

Ellyn Fortino Progressive Illinois, Tuesday April 1st, 2014

That blindsides us. How can they do that? 

Three Senators Could End the Odious Illinois Charter School Commission


From Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice

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Dirty coal rush taints Illinois' clean energy campaign


The state's hypocritical energy push has reached a tipping point

Bloomberg! Occupy Tastes Rare Success in Rise of Seattle Socialist

Occupy Tastes Rare Success in Rise of Seattle Socialist  Read more »

McCormick Place Hotel TIF Money Gets Green Light from City

\ By John ByrneClout Street
Chicago Tribune, 4:03 p.m. CST, March 4, 2014

Chicago aldermen today gave the preliminary go-ahead to a plan to earmark $55 million in special tax district funds to help pay for a new hotel next to McCormick Place.

The City Council Finance Committee agreed to set aside the tax-increment financing revenue for the development of a 1,200-room Marriott hotel that is to be built along with a new arena that will host DePaul University basketball games and other events near the convention center.  Read more »