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Re-living the first interleague Cubs/White Sox series

Sitting here, hoping that the White Sox-Cubs game would resume after a long rain delay, I recalled that my son Don and I were at the first interleague series that counted. (Except for long ago World Series, all previous games were only exhibitions.) Speculation was rampant about the coming chaos in stands as hateful fans unloaded on... Read more »

A sentence I didn't finish reading regarding Charles Thomas

“The traumatic consequences of being shot by an officer of the law along with possible legal consequences and a baseline stigma against people labeled…” –Statement released by “supporters” of Charles Thomas, a University of Chicago student who was shot by police who were defending themselves as the fourth-year student rushed them, brandishing an iron tent stake.  And so... Read more »

All aboard the fantasy express to O'Hare Airport

Imagine zooming 125 m.p.h underground from downtown to O’Hare Airport on a new express train and getting there in plenty of time of find out your flight has been delayed–again. Imagine making that trip in a promised 20 minutes from O’Hare to downtown after it took your flight 20 minutes to get to the terminal gate... Read more »
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Hey, Tribune. The White Sox are a Chicago team too

Believe me, I looked hard, but I still might have missed it. For the second time, I noticed that the home delivered Chicago Tribune sports section didn’t have a story about the Chicago White Sox. My apologies if I missed it. This is astonishing. Chicago is home to a American League team–a Major League Baseball team–that... Read more »

Analysis of the latest O'Hare Airport expansion plan that you won't find elsewhere

Why? Because as the Chicago Daily News’ urban affairs reporter I started covering the airport beat in 1972 when Richard J. (The First) Daley floated the cockamamie idea of building a third airport in Lake Michigan. As the transportation reporter, editorial board member and op-ed columnist for the Chicago Sun -Times I followed the issue... Read more »

Memorial service for Milt Rosenberg, Chicago's best ever interviewer

No one has been a consisting better interviewer in Chicago than Milton J. Rosenberg, who held forth for decades on evening broadcast on WGN radio. And after WGN, in one of its worst moves ever ended his run. Milt, however, continued on podcasts until his recent death. If you don’t think that he was the... Read more »
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Mr. Obama, keep your monstrous menhir out of Jackson Park

Mr. President, you’re supposedly not just a progressive, but a Chicago progressive, where protection of the city’s crown jewel–the lakefront and its parks–is a progressive axiom. Yet, here you are, pushing ahead in the face of community objections to jam your ugly presidential menhir into the city’s beloved Jackson Park and deface a pearl in Daniel Burnham’s magnificent plan... Read more »

Character counts in Alabama, but still not in Chicago and Illinois

The defeat of Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special U. S. Senate election by Democrat Doug Jones shows that character still counts in that deeply red, deeply conservative southern state.. As Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass eloquently explains, Republican voters were so repulsed by the widely believed sexual predator Moore that they sacrificed their own political... Read more »

A timely behind-the-scenes look at “Chuy” Garcia's mayoral campaign

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is back in the news today as he is reportedly preparing to run for longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s seat in Congress.  The news came as Gutierrez, one of the House’s most vocal firebrands, has announced his retirement. Garcia, a Cook County Board commissioner,  lost in a rare run-off race for... Read more »
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Organized labor chases 4,000 jobs out of Illinois

Illinois thought it was in the high-stakes competition for a 4,000-job assembly plant that Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda are aiming to build in the United States. But news comes today from Greg Hinz at Crain’s Chicago Business that Illinois won’t get this plum. As Hinz reported: The apparent reasons: lack of shovel-ready sites and the state’s failure... Read more »
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