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City Council Must Protect Chicago's Architectural Legacy
Monday, March 9, 2009
Our April 2009 Lane Report was adapted from a column published in Crain's Chicago Business on March 9, 2009. Developer Albert Hanna and real estate agent Carol Mrowka, two of Chicago's most vocal property rights advocates, have won their fight on constitutional grounds to invalidate the city's 41-year-old landmark ordinance. But their victory should...
Pension reform a step toward helping state regain public's trust
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Our February 2009 Lane Report was adapted from a column published in Crain's Chicago Business on January 26, 2009. Revelations about public corruption, government waste, official malfeasance and ballooning budget deficits have plunged Illinois into a crippling crisis of confidence. To slash bureaucratic costs while warding off wrongdoing, state...
Mayor Daley's war on climate change worth the fight
Monday, December 1, 2008
Reprint permission from the December 1, 2008 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Mayor Richard M. Daley, the greenest of America's mayors, bested his peers once again when he recently unveiled a "Climate Action Plan," the first of its kind in the nation, to cut Chicago's greenhouse gases to 75% of 1990 levels between now and 2020. The challenge is...
System of Electing Judges in Illinois Too Broke to Fix
Monday, September 29, 2008
Reprint permission from the September 29, 2008 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Illinois' embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his nemesis, House Speaker Michael Madigan, continue to earn voters' wrath for stymieing the legislative process. Now that newly seated American Bar Assn. President H. Thomas Wells Jr. has turned his attention to "big money and...
L3Cs hold key to solving state's social woes
Monday, August 11, 2008
While state government is paralyzed by conflict and the city of Chicago faces a staggering $400-million budget shortfall, Illinois' infrastructure, education, pensions and health care are sadly neglected. But solutions to the social problems that challenge the state's ability to compete can come from outside the state Capitol and City Hall. Sometimes all...
U of C Misguided in its Refusal to Divest from Sudan
Monday, June 9, 2008
Reprint permission from the June 9, 2008 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Clinging to a simplistic, Vietnam-era policy, the University of Chicago's board of trustees is refusing to divest from companies doing business with the criminal government of Sudan. The board, stubbornly contending that divestment would stifle debate and freedom of inquiry,...
Back constitutional convention to reclaim state government
Monday, April 28, 2008
The Democratic presidential candidates are one-upping each other in their promises to bring "change" to Washington. But the debate shouldn't stop there. Illinois' government is badly broken, and the power to mend it is within reach of the state's discontented voters. The Illinois House, reflecting widespread disdain for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's...
Balancing the rights of users, owners of intellectual property
Monday, March 17, 2008
Federal judges in New York and Washington, D.C., will soon decide just how far intellectual property owners' rights stretch. A judicial misstep could threaten innovation both in Chicago's emerging tech sector and at its flagging media businesses. This month, New York Federal District Judge Robert Patterson hears a shaky case filed by author J. K. Rowling...
Court should side with victim of 401(k) mishandling
Monday, January 21, 2008
James LaRue's nest egg is at risk not only because his retirement plan's administrator was apparently careless, but also because two courts strained the plain meaning of the federal law protecting plan participants to bar him from asserting a claim for restitution. Along with tens of millions of private-sector employees, Mr. LaRue made regular...
High Court securities case a threat to shaky capital markets
Monday, December 10, 2007
Stoneridge v. Scientific-Atlanta is the most explosive securities case to hit the U.S. Supreme Court in the last 10 years. The appeal will test the reach of federal securities laws and force the sharply divided court to decide whether corporate shareholders can sue lawyers, accountants, banks and vendors that dealt with companies alleged to have committed...
U.S. firms ignore the environment at their own risk
Monday, October 29, 2007
The evidence is mounting that environmentally responsible companies are more profitable and deliver better investment returns. Yet most U.S. companies have been slow to adopt responsible environmental practices, yielding ground to Europe and Japan, where investor demand, competitive pressure and regulatory mandates have spurred companies to improve...
SEC policy change would gut the rights of shareholders
Monday, September 24, 2007
For no good reason, the Securities and Exchange Commission is mulling over a misguided change in regulatory policy that would hobble the right of shareholders to file non-binding proposals on corporate governance and social and environmental issues with the companies they own. Commissioner Paul Atkins is leading the charge against shareholders' advisory...
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