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DePaul tries to redefine the idea of a university

DePaul University has redefined the idea of a university from a place where you think, are challenged, engage in rational discussion and search for the truth. Instead, DePaul University has constructed a campus composed of the close-minded, politically correct and fraidy cats. It has tried to convert its entire campus into a “safe space” where... Read more »

Chicago investigative reporters give the Obama Center a pass

Chicago has been and still is a great town for investigative reporters. Its newspapers have won numerous awards for exposing the town’s assorted and impressive numbers of booddlers, goniffs and teefs. Splendid investigative reporting also is done by television, radio and the new digital media. But when it comes to exposing the wrongs and illegalities of... Read more »

What the Kavanaugh hearings and the Van Dyke trial have in common

The death of the time-honored and common law presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Chicago is fearful of riots if police officer Jason Van Dyke is not convicted of murder for his fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. In Washington, Democrats unleashed a cynical assault on Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanugh in which the the judge had to prove his... Read more »
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Deadly Little Village fire helps explain Chicago's gun violence

Looking for “root causes” of the gang gun violence that is killing so many young people in Chicago? Look then to the apartment fire in Little Village that killed ten children–3 months to 16 years old–who were having a sleepover and the horrible conditions in which they were living. Imagine yourself having to grow up in... Read more »

Civic group: Obama Center process violates environmental laws

In a scathing letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, the non-profit Jackson Park Watch has detailed the many ways that the proposed Obama Center violates portions of America’s most important environmental protection law. The letter uses such terms as fatally flawed, disingenuous, improbable and others to describe how the city has tossed aside a number of technical... Read more »

Why the media silence on the Obama center travesty?

Except for Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass (“The Barack Obama Temple of Adoration and Fealty”)  and the paper’s editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis (“Parks we wreck”), the media have generally chosen not to probe the important questions about the serious policy, environmental and legal implications that bedevil the Obama Center. The media brushed aside a lawsuit by Protect Our... Read more »
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Chicago's population slides again

Greg Hinz reports in Crain’s Chicago Business that Chicago population drops for third year in a row. The net loss isn’t much, just a few thousand, but significantly, African Americans are leading the parade out of the city. Which probably accounts for the fact that the only suburbs that are seeing a small  increase are... Read more »

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 »
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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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