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Chief justice's case exposes hidden gap in Illinois law
Monday, August 13, 2007
For the first time in the nation's history, a federal lawsuit has been filed to challenge the fairness of a personal legal action brought by a judge who controls his state's court system. The judge happens to be Illinois ' highest judicial officer, and his dogged quest for vindication and recompense raises bigger questions than whether his grievance has...
Isolationism won't create U.S. jobs, global market will
Monday, June 18, 2007
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is under fire for attacking tariffs and quotas. He believes that curbing international trade will blunt our competitive edge in a global market, and he's right on the money. Yet Congress and President George W. Bush, a free-trader, face enormous political pressure to protect American manufacturers and workers from...
Pay referendum can drive value for shareholders
Monday, May 7, 2007
Corporate shareholders should soon have the legal right to weigh in on the compensation packages public companies award their top executives. "Say on pay" would tamp down executive greed and force directors to link pay to performance. Although Mercer Human Resource Consulting's annual study of CEO compensation reported the encouraging news that more than...
Partisan pandering stifles innovation, entrepreneurship
Monday, March 12, 2007
Illinois should lead the nation in entrepreneurship and innovation. But it doesn't, and partisan bickering in Springfield and Washington helps explain why. The state is a great trading center, a master builder of financial markets, the site of federal research labs and a powerhouse of professional talent. Yet Illinois lags 20 states in the Small Business...
Smart Businesses See Value, and Profit, in Promoting Women
Saturday, February 3, 2007
The pace at which women are invited into the city's boardrooms and executive suites remains sluggish at best. Until that changes, corporate Chicago is denying itself the talent pool it needs to compete effectively, role models who can lure and retain the best employees and the informed judgment that comes only from the airing of diverse...
Shareholder democracy finally in sight, if SEC does the right thing
Monday, October 9, 2006
Reprint permission from the October 9, 2006 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Corporate shareholders are poised to reclaim their authority over the boardroom. Within months, they may be able to elect directors who are answerable to them, without bankrolling an expensive proxy contest against management's hand-picked candidates. And the spurious...
U.S. House Mulling State-Funded Corporate Tax Boondoggle
Monday, September 4, 2006
Reprint permission from the September 4, 2006 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. The U.S. House of Representatives will soon consider looting state government treasuries to enrich national businesses adept at dodging taxes. If the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act is enacted, state and local governments would no longer collect corporate income...
Develop Your Investment Game Plan
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Reprint permission from the February 1, 2006 issue of James Dicks: The Active Investor. The savvy investor doesn't panic when markets inevitably correct. He's not euphoric when a hot stock he owns delivers triple-digit returns. And, he's never frozen with indecision. The successful investor conquers emotions. As the stock market gains momentum, he checks...
"Advocacy Investing" Empowers GLBT Investors
Monday, October 24, 2005
Reprint permission from the October 24, 2005 issue of Echelon Magazine. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and consumers are working hard to fight discrimination in the workplace and the marketplace. They've mobilized public opinion with increasing effectiveness, and they're gaining ground in the struggle for protection from discrimination at...
Profiting from Principled Investing
Monday, September 26, 2005
Reprint permission from the September 26, 2005 issue of Forbes.com. Socially responsible investors may salve their consciences by declining to buy tobacco stocks or to fund the war machine, or by steering clear of other businesses they find objectionable. Fearing that screening out whole industries might sabotage their investment returns, however, they may...
Why Options Expensing Rule Would Be a Costly Mistake
Monday, November 10, 2003
Reprint permission from the November 10, 2003 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. William H. Donaldson, who chairs the Securities and Exchange Commission, and his boss, President George W. Bush, are at odds over whether companies should count stock options as business expenses. The dispute may seem arcane, but its implications for business and the...
There's No Compromising With Weak-kneed Directors
Monday, October 6, 2003
Reprint permission from the October 6, 2003 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Headline-grabbing criminal prosecutors and civil litigators are gunning for high-profile executives of public companies who commit corporate fraud. But, until now, subservient directors who do nothing wrong but ignore wrongdoing have skated. All of that is about to change:...
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