Illinois redistricting gets unexpected support from Obama. Pay attention Mike Madigan

Well, I’m reaching.  Obama didn’t specifically mention the politically perverted redistricting that goes on in Illinois. But Obama’s plea for redistricting reform applies to Illinois. In spades. Here’s the background: House Speaker Mike Madigan and his Democrat lamb chops have been in charge of redrawing legislative and congressional districts in Illinois for decades. No surprise, the... Read more »

Great news! Abortion rate plummets

No matter what your abortion politics are, it should be great news that the abortion rate has plummeted 25 percent from 2008 to 2014, according to the Guttmacher Institute. As the Institute reported in the American Journal of Public Health: Between 2008 and 2014, the abortion rate declined 25%, from 19.4 to 14.6 per 1000 women... Read more »

President Trump, Rep. Wilson, everyone, take a breath. Sgt. Johnson deserves better

The so-called “condolence controversy” is spinning out of control, with both sides acting like children. Now that President Donald Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) and the blind partisans of both sides have exhausted their wrath, turning this into a  national tragedy, let’s move on. Yes, Trump is a jerk; that was settled ages ago. Yes,... Read more »

Bet you don't make as much as these Illinois "public servants"

Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town “managers” out-earning every U.S. governor. This is from Adam Andrzejewski‘s article in Forbess, “Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries... Read more »

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 »

Will the Chicago Teachers Union stop its bitching now?

No it won’t even though as  the Illinois Policy Institute explains: Illinois’ new education funding formula signed into law in August gave the Chicago Public Schools everything it wanted, and more. CPS got to keep its old subsidies, it got the state to pay for its pension costs and it got permission to raise property taxes yet... Read more »

They're picking on poor Rex Huppke

Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke has revealed in a clever piece that  conservative, right-wing, Republican meanies are sending nasty notes to him because he writes liberal opinion pieces. As if conservatives were the only ones who strike out at columnists they don’t agree with. Apparently talking about all the mean mail he gets is one of Rex’s regular... Read more »

Hugh Hefner was a creepy, dirty old man

Yeah, we’re supposed to be honoring this horny old buzzard for bringing on the sexual revolution, making sleeping around an acceptable cultural norm and all the rest of the bullshit that went with the Playboy “philosophy” or whatever he called his hedonism. In reality, he was much like many of the magazine readers, draping his sexual... Read more »

My turn to be a Chicago media critic

And why not? My experience as a Chicago journalist is long and varied. It dates back to 1965 when I was hired by the late lamented Chicago Daily News, starting out on the midnight shift (before women were allowed) writing about  crime. There I also was the urban affairs reporter and assistant financial editor. When the... Read more »


That’s the nation debt, in case you’re wondering. That’s more than $20 trillion. It’s not a static number either; the second-by-second increase would make your head spin. See the wheels whirl round and round here at the U.S. National Debt Clock in Real Time. There you’ll also find other interesting numbers such as Gross Debt to... Read more »
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