Is the Cubs "W" flag going to be our next symbol of hate?

Is the Cubs "W" flag going to be our next symbol of hate?
Is the Cubs “W” flag going to be the next symbol of racist hate? Come on people!  I had to write this blog because things are getting completely out of hand!  Mostly that is the media’s fault and not the general public’s fault but this latest thing about the “white supremacist” Cubs fan flashing some... Read more »

The Day a Woman Rode on top of a Ferris Wheel Gondola at the 1893 World's Fair

The Day a Woman Rode on top of a Ferris Wheel Gondola at the 1893 World's Fair
I never run out of things to write about when dealing with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  The Fair took place from May 1, 1893, through October 30, 1893, and changed the way the world looked at Chicago and vice versa. The date was Monday, October 9, 1893.  It was “Chicago Day” at... Read more »

R. Kelly, Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, and Trump’s Labor Secretary Alex Acosta – Who is the criminal?

R. Kelly, Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, and Trump’s Labor Secretary Alex Acosta – Who is the criminal?
I try to call balls and strikes as I see them and I really hope that President Trump is watching this travesty of justice carefully. First off, I am not defending R. Kelly although he, like everyone else, should be given the presumption of innocence and due process before we execute him in the court... Read more »
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Chicago mayoral candidate La Shawn Ford wants police to be nothing more than armed witnesses

Chicago mayoral candidate La Shawn Ford wants police to be nothing more than armed witnesses
This is one of those things that I thought HAD to be fake news.  I first heard of it through a facebook  group I belong to and my comment was “Please someone tell me that this is not real!”  It was so outrageous that I literally couldn’t believe it but sadly I checked the Illinois... Read more »

What I learned from Volunteer Day with 13th Ward Aldermanic candidate, David Krupa

What I learned from Volunteer Day with 13th Ward Aldermanic candidate, David Krupa
I, like many Illinois residents, have complained about the corruption that is rampant in our State over a beer with friends or on facebook but a couple of days ago I decided to see what was going on for myself. I had never volunteered to help any candidate for any office in my life.  I... Read more »

Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park

Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park
Once upon a time, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, stood a very fun place, at least in the eyes of a nine-year-old kid from Cicero. Its founder was Californian Robert Brindle and the 500,000 square-foot building with almost 9,000 parking spaces stood roughly at the southwest corner of where IL Rt. 53 met I-55. The concept was... Read more »
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Illinois was First State to Ratify the 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery 154 years ago today

Illinois was First State to Ratify the 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery 154 years ago today
It seems fitting that Illinois would be the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution since Illinois’ adopted son, Abraham Lincoln, would become known as the Great Emancipator on January 1, 1863, by the executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation. The 13th Amendment states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as... Read more »

Pradamalia Mania and Jesus Taking the Wheel in the Oval Office. Take a Breath!

Pradamalia Mania and Jesus Taking the Wheel in the Oval Office. Take a Breath!
A former partner of mine in the police force once told me over the radio during a very stressful time to imagine myself in a beautiful forest meadow lying beside a babbling brook.  It didn’t work but it did crack me up which may have been just what I needed. I don’t know if anyone... Read more »

A Former Cop's View of Police Use of Force, Jason Van Dyke, and the law-abiding citizens of Chicago

A Former Cop's View of Police Use of Force, Jason Van Dyke, and the law-abiding citizens of Chicago
This is not one of my usual Chicago history related posts but after the recent verdict of 2nd-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm leveled at Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, I felt it necessary and also therapeutic for me to give my opinions regarding the Jason Van Dyke trial and... Read more »
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Three 9/11 September 11th Tributes / Memorials in Chicago

Three 9/11 September 11th Tributes / Memorials in Chicago
In honor of the lives lost 17 years ago, I thought it would be interesting to post an article on where you can find tributes or memorials in Chicago.  It is hard to believe that if you are a high school senior you would not have any memory of that day.  I did find three... Read more »