Democrats plan to blame Illinois Gov. Rauner

There’s one thing that we should be able to agree on about the Illinois and Chicago financial crises: It’s not the fault of students wanting an education, poor people seeking medical care, drivers wanting decent roads, transit riders yearning for reliable service, battered children and women desperately needing help, the hungry looking for a nutritious... Read more »

Post Memorial Day remembrance

We shouldn’t remember our fallen soldiers, sailors and Marines just on Memorial Day. Here’s one remembrance we should visit often, reminding us of the sacrifice that they and their families have made. God bless them all. See information on the dog tag exhibit honoring Vietnam War veterans that’s looking for a home in one of... Read more »

The Chicago Way: City knifes Moody's for junk bond rating

That’ll teach Moody’s Investment Services to downgrade Chicago’s bonds to junk level. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration decided not to hire Moody’s to rate the city’s latest, $800-million general obligation bond issue. Instead, it is giving the lucrative business to Moody’s investors–Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc., reports the... Read more »

Play golf without walking or riding

It used to be that you either walked (healthy) or rode in a cart (us old guys) when you play golf. But here’s a middle ground: The GolfBoard. It’s kind of a cross between a Segway, surf board and skate board.  The video explains it all, but you have to hunt to find the price–a... Read more »

Nearly a quarter of every dollar of Chicago's revenues goes to pensions

I had not realized that nearly a quarter of every dollar that Chicago receives from taxes, grants, fines and fees goes to pay for its pensions. How can the city survive laboring under such a burden? This startling number was found here, in blog called “Expected Loss.” The blogger, Marc Joffe, wrote: In 2013, expenditures... Read more »

Understanding Chicago’s approaching financial ruin

Explaining how Chicago came to teeter on the edge of inevitable financial ruin when its ability to borrow runs out and creditors start calling in their loans to the city is a complex story. But a friend gave me a link to an article that he described as “the best and bluntest overall assessment I’ve... Read more »

At Columbia U, another high-profile 'rape' case unravels

Paul Nungesser, a Columbia University senior accused of rape by classmate Emma Sulkowicz who became famous for walking around campus with a symbolic mattress, is fighting back in court. He is suing Columbia University, its board of trustees, its President Lee C. Bollinger and a professor Jon Kessler for, in effect, wrecking his college experience and career possibilities... Read more »

Idiot Catholic school boots cancer survivor because she fell behind in class

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A young girl who has just finished fighting the biggest fight of her life has been dealt another blow. In August 2012, Rose McGrath, of Battle Creek, was diagnosed with leukemia. But last week, her family received a letter in the mail that would turn her world upside down.... Read more »

The best tribune to Francis Cardinal George

Among  all of the wonderful words printed or spoken about the late Chicago’s archbishop, Francis Cardinal George the best tribune comes from Pat Hickey in his blog, With Both Hands. If you haven’t acquainted yourself with Pat Hickey, you should do so now. He is more authentically a Chicagoan from the neighborhoods than Studs Terkel or any... Read more »

No raise for Chicago public school teachers...

and a tax increase for everyone else. It’s nut-cutting time for Chicago Public Schools. Chicago schools are in such a mess that the options are down to just a few, including, no raise for Chicago Public School teachers and a tax increase for everyone else. Even with that, bankruptcy could well be in the future... Read more »
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