Posts tagged "politics"

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne "took on the big boys and won"

Mayoral candidate Jane Byrne was at the corner of State and Madison campaigning the day after Thanksgiving 1978 when I first met her. I was there to do the traditional shopping story for my college radio station, WPGU-FM in Urbana-Champaign. She, of course, was shaking every hand that would accept in search of votes. Our... Read more »

Warren Buffett’s son and grandson fight the politics of hunger

Warren Buffett told his oldest son Howard G. Buffett to “take some real risks” in philanthropy. “Don’t worry about swinging at the safe pitches.” It was not always easy growing up as a son of one of the world’s wealthiest men. Yet, being Warren Buffett’s son also has had its advantages. “By observing him, I... Read more »

The politics of Chicago’s poor and homeless

After two weeks in downtown Chicago, I recently left the city with a lingering feeling of helplessness about the homeless. The number of poor begging for help with cups extended has grown dramatically since I walked River North to and from work in the early 1980s. I want leaders – from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to... Read more »

Vote Early ... Really, Really Early

Vote Early ... Really, Really Early
This 2012 Presidential Election is the first time I participated in Illinois’ early voting. I have to say it was one of the most pleasant in-person voting experiences I ever had, since moving from my Southwest Side of Chicago childhood home to where I live now in the Southwest Suburbs. I say ‘in-person’ because I... Read more »

My Unofficial Vote for Chicago Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

I lived on the Southwest Side of Chicago for most of my life, specifically in the Gage Park neighborhood.  As a reference, Gage Park is bordered by Marquette Park on the South, where the Nazi Party hosted its rallies in the 1970s, and Brighton Park on the North, where the late Pope John Paul II... Read more »

Chicago's political corruption 'Hall of Shame'

There’s a lesson here. A couple really. If a story includes bribery, zoning and a Chicago alderman, chances are its not news. But in this case, former Chicago Ald. Ike Carothers should have learned something from dad, especially if dad were convicted for doing pretty much the same thing decades ago. It’s only fitting that... Read more »
Advertisement:, Republican URL-shortener, gets PWN'D, liberally (screengrabs)

The GOP has been trying hard to establish its own Web 2.0, digital strategy and this latest step can’t be considered more than a stunt at this point. After announcing the launch of, a service to make url’s more “conservative,” folks on the web went nuts shortening urls for Web sites that are not... Read more »

Screengrab: Chicago Tribune online ad, story eerily similar

I knew there would be a moment at which art and life danced together in the Wonderful World of Corruption we call home. So imagine my surprised when I refreshed the front page of the Chicago Tribune‘s Web site today and noticed that the story about Christopher Kelly’s apparent suicide (via rat poison…really?) was opposite... Read more »