Chicago GOP endorses Paul Vallas

So what, you say? Republican voters in Chicago are ignored. But in a field of 14 candidates for Chicago mayor, this is an important endorsement. Republican voters account for some 20 percent of the Chicago vote in statewide races. So with no candidate polling more than 15 percent and top  candidates separated by only a few points,... Read more »

Someone put California's high-speed rail out of its misery, please

California’s idiotic high-speed rail fantasy is dead. Or it’s not. Gov. Gavin Newsom in his State of the State address declared, “Let’s be real. The project, as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long.”  Then Newsom got unreal by saying a 110-mile Central Valley segment already under construction between Bakersfield and Merced (population 376,380 and 82,594... Read more »

Building the Obama Center in Jackson Park is bad public policy

We have to say it again. Protect our Parks and other opponents of the Obama Center’s land grab in historical Jackson Pamark are not against the center. Rather, they believe that building it in Jackson Park is not just illegal, but bad public policy. It ought to go elsewhere; there is no shortage of better sits.... Read more »
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Illinois Democrats introduce unpopular abortion expansion bill

Illinois Democrats will argue that their legislation to “expand” abortion “rights” merely reflects the popular sentiment to “protect women’s health.” But the radical pair of newly introduced bills is popular only with hard-line advocates who favor an abortion not just up to the moment of birth, but also as late as when the baby has entered... Read more »

If it's got anything to do with O'Hare Airport, it's hinky

Is Chicago Tribune architect critic Blair Kamin the only newsman in Chicago who is sniffing around the latest O’Hare Airport expansion project and suspects that something doesn’t smell right? Kamin raises the issue in today’s revealing column, “A peek inside Chicago’s hush-hush competition to pick an O’Hare expansion architect: ‘This whole process has been pretty weird.'” It’s... Read more »

The rapacious Ed Burke

Thanks to the Chicago Sun-Times for revealing the depth of Ed Burke’s greed, and by extension the petty venality of corrupt Chicago politicians. Two articles worth reading: Burke’s breaks: Embattled alderman got tax cuts on home, office just by asking Ald. Edward Burke built ‘special police’ force after Rahm cut bodyguard detail For most of us,... Read more »
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"I’m watching you, white boy"

That’s the chilling snapper at the end of an op-ed written by student Isis Davis-Marks in the Feb. 7 issue of the Yale [University] News.  I’ll save you the trouble of reading this piece of racist trash by describing it as a rant against white men in college whom she expects to grow up to be racists... Read more »

Paul Vallas for Chicago mayor

Chicago cries out for a new mayor who  is independent, smart, honest and experienced, Someone who knows his way around the corrupt Chicago Democratic Machine but is not a part of it. Someone whose entire career has been devoted to fixing broken systems. Or managing ones in crisis. And what city is, at once, broken and... Read more »

“She basically said she’s our tribe.”

Tribe? Perfect. What better way for the Chicago Teachers Union to describe itself? Stacy Davis Gates, CTU vice president, was referring to Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle’s TV ad touting her teaching career. “You saw the commercial. She’s basically said she’s our tribe.” Exactly. Preckwinkle gladly is the beneficiary of organized labor’s resources, including the CTU, American Federation of Teachers... Read more »
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Hey, Chicago taxpayer, you owe $36,000

Here’s a number that you won’t hear much of in the run-up to the election of the next mayor of Chicago: $36,000. That’s your share of Chicago’s $32.5 billion debt burden, based on an analysis of the city’s latest available audited financial reports Truth in Accounting.  The $36,000 figure comes from a  new analysis of the latest available audited financial reports... Read more »
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