Posts in category "Illinois"

All politics is local, and in the 81st, local politics is nasty

In politics, nothing is sacred, not even- not especially- your voting record. True, only you know who you vote for in the privacy of the voting booth, but your voting history is public record. Which election you voted in and whether you pulled a Republican or Democrat ballot in a primary election is all recorded... Read more »

Attorney General to investigate Village of Downers Grove for alleged FOIA, OMA violations

The Attorney General’s office has notified the Village of Downers Grove that it has “determined that further inquiry is warranted” on three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and one Open Meetings Act (OMA) requests for review made by this blogger on August 19.  Assistant Attorney General Shari West will be leading the investigation to determine... Read more »

Did Downers Grove Village Council Members violate the Open Meetings Act?

Illinois’ Open Meetings Act (OMA) is neither difficult to find online nor understand. It’s straightforward: With few exceptions, elected officials can’t deliberate public business in private. “In order that the people shall be informed, the General Assembly finds and declares that it is the intent of this Act to ensure that the actions of public... Read more »
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How to stay cool in a heat wave

Chicago, it’s hot outside. Asphalt-melting, temper-flaring, sweat-dripping, heat-stroking hot. And let’s not even start on what this mix of heat and humidity does to our hair. There’s plenty of advice on how to stay cool and hydrated during this heat wave, but as a former Floridian, I have experience in surviving day after day after... Read more »

Medical marijuana bill passes Illinois Senate, Women thrown under bus during debate

The Illinois Senate voted today to pass a bill allowing the sale of medical marijuana. Already passed by the House, it now heads to Governor Quinn for signing. I’m in favor of of this bill. It sets tight controls but allows for a drug that has been proven to help many chronic and terminally ill... Read more »

Despite what Chicagoans think, living in the suburbs won't kill you. Yet.

Despite what Chicagoans think, living in the suburbs won't kill you. Yet.
“I used to live in Chicago” an acquaintance once explained to me, as if having previously lived in Chicago she was exempt from the mundane details of cooperative suburban living. It was said with a thinly veiled tone of superiority implying that her former zip code conferred upon her some sort of special status. I... Read more »
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All Politics Are Local, So Pay Attention

All Politics Are Local, So Pay Attention
Now that the national elections are over, it’s time to turn our attention to the races that really matter. Washington and Springfield can do their respective damnedest to screw up our checkbooks, but the decisions made in our local government bodies and school boards affect us far more than anything the major leaguers can dream... Read more »

Downers Grove and the Valley View Pond

The Village of Downers Grove is set to vote tonight on the naturalization of Valley View pond. It’s not a very big pond, as these things are measured, but to the residents who bought homes in the Valley View subdivision it’s an integral part of the quality of the neighborhood. Area homeowners want for the... Read more »

Pro Choice? Why Illinois Legislative Races Matter

If you’re pro-choice, chances are you’re voting for President Obama, as Republican challenger Mitt Romney has a long track record of being in favor of restricting access to abortion. There will likely be vacancies on the Supreme Court during the next four years, and a President Romney would probably nominate a pro choice candidate for... Read more »
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