Posts in category "Chicago politics"

U.S. Supreme Court's possible challenge to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Illinoisans should pay attention to how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case challenging how Wisconsin Republicans gerrymandered legislative districts in their favor. While it would be a setback for Wisconsin Republicans it could also be a setback for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and the Democrats who have benefited from his gerrymandering of... Read more »

Where are the defenders of Chicago's parks?

Two huge assaults on Chicago’s historic park system are under way and who the hell seems to care? There’s the combination of two public, historic and affordable golf courses–South Shore and Jackson Park–into a single, high-end, probably expensive courses designed by Tiger Woods that will most likely shut out the the Chicagoans who can’t afford to... Read more »

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 »

Chicago police to be schooled in free speech rights

A federal judge has approved a legal settlement that requires Chicago police be trained to respect the free speech rights of protestors who said that they were unfairly singled out by police in violation of a Chicago ordinance. With Chicago and other police departments being deluged with criticism, you might think that this action will be hailed... Read more »

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 »

Zachary Fardon's case for more active policing

Hurray for the just resigned U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon! Freed from the ideological vise of former President Barack Obama and his administration, Fardon said what needed to be said about how utopian restraints imposed on  Chicago police have crippled their efforts to halt the wave of gangland violence sweeping across the city. In his 5-page letter released to the... Read more »

Bernadine Dohrn shows it's time to jail certain white women

It’s never easy to be a truth-teller, but as a white man I feel it necessary to say what many in this country are thinking: It’s time to start deporting certain white men. Not all of them, of course. Some are quite good. But people like Rep. Steve King of Iowa have got to go —... Read more »

Vladimir Putin=Richard J. Daley

Listen to this tool compare the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley The First to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Cal.), like President Donald Trump, has this strange affinity for Putin and Russia, an affinity that promoted Rohrabacher to suggest that sure, Russian has its strongmen, just like Daley. Yikes It’s about 1:25:25 into the... Read more »
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