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August 21, 2015

Court tells prime contractor: Discriminate, or don't bid

The Seventh Circuit issued a decision this week that basically tells prime contractors this: If you don't want to discriminate against subcontractors on the basis of race and sex, then don't bid on public contracts. The case is Dunnet Bay Construction Company v. Borggren, and the decision is here. Prime contractor Dunnet Bay Construction Company ...

March 31, 2015

Public contracting should be based on transparency, not race

Last week's unfortunate ruling by a federal judge tossing out a case against government discrimination shows just how entrenched racial preferences have become.  In Midwest Fence v. United States Department of Transportation, a small guard rail installation subcontractor submitted the lowest bids on multiple highway construction contracts in Illi ...

August 27, 2014

Illinois politicians impose a "corruption tax"

It has been said that Illinois is plagued by unbridled corruption.  Almost 90 percent of Illinois voters agree.  After all, four of the past seven Illinois governors have been convicted and sentenced to prison.  So who pays for the numerous criminal dealings of crooked politicians?  Taxpayers.  One recent study estimates that the cost of unnec ...