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What is racism?

It’s time to step back and consider what racism means. The term is getting flung around so much that it has become so generic that its meaning has become lost. The most recent example is the passionate–if not the out-of-control–criticism that has been dumped on Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss. Here is how the ADL defines... Read more »

Rahm's latest flight of fancy: a high-speed subway train to O'Hare

Chicago’s public schools are broke, property taxes are sky high, savage gang wars rake the South and West sides, and so on and so on. So here comes Mayor Rahm Emanuel ballyhooing an out-of-sight costly subway to link the Loop and O’Hare Airport with high-speed trains. (Here and here.) Irresponsible. Nutty. Insane. The cost, disruption... Read more »

Defending Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss against the punishing hordes

One theater deploys racism, sexism and ageism to accuse her of racism, sexism, homophobia and more The hard left has launched an intolerant, shut-your-mouth attack on long-time and respected Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss. Her sin? She stated an obvious truth about violence in Chicago in her June 13  review of “Pass Over” at Steppenwolf Theatre. Never mind that she... Read more »
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Chicago's pensions to dry up in 7 years

Chicago City Wire reports: The Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago will run out of money by the year 2024, according to a model developed by actuary Mary Pat Campbell…. Using data from Truth in Accounting, Pension Tsunami, Wirepoints, and the conservative blog The Other McCain, Campbell based her cash flow model on... Read more »

The Obama Center: The mistake on the lake

The more I read about how wonderful the Obama Center (“don’t call it a library”) will be, the angrier I become. Not just because it is a mistake on the lake–violating the spirit if not the letter of Chicago’s Lakefront Protection Ordinance*–but also because it is sailing under the false color of being a symbolic,... Read more »

Obama library site still a disappointment

Some of Chicago’s lakefront and park activists seem to have lost their voice when it comes to plunking the Barack Obama presidential library into a lakefront park. Friends of the Parks, which fought bravely and successfully against that Lucas Museum monstrosity on the lakefront farther north, has diplomatically said further study is needed before commenting on... Read more »
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mike Royko would loathe progressives' assault on free speech

Progressives disingenuously now deploy a “safety” argument to excuse their assault on free speech. A Sacramento Bee editorial, for example, says that “no one has told Ann Coulter to shut up.” The issue, the editorial says is “the escalating violence these past few months [and] how to make sure no one gets hurt or killed in the... Read more »

Mike Royko exposes huge pro-choice lie

With the coming 20th anniversary of legendary Chicago columnist Mike Royko’s death on April 29, there have been an eruption of well-deserved memoirs and homages. However, none that I could find recalled his double-barrel blast at a leading abortion provider for lying “through his teeth” when he denied the use of a practice called of partial birth... Read more »

Emanuel's good high school diploma idea sets critics' hair on fire

This commentary appeared in RealClearPolitics.com CHICAGO–Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done the unthinkable: He told graduates of the city’s dismal public school system that he wants them to do something with their diploma. Or else they won’t get a diploma. Something like: get a job, go to college, join the military or even sign up for... Read more »
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Take a tour of Fulton Market, Chicago's hottest new neighborhood

The tour is courtesy of Crain’s Chicago Business. Here’s a Chicago Tribune photo collection of Fulton Market. City plans new street design for Fulton Market.
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