Freedom Of the Press/ Exceptionalism/Chicago That Toddlin Town.

Freedom Of the Press/ Exceptionalism/Chicago That Toddlin Town.
When Frank Sinatra sang the words “Chicago that Toddlin Town, even the Preacher Billy Sunday could not have shut it down,” he probably had no clue just how Toddlin it really is.  For any of you who may have been on a Space Station or in a coma for the last 3 weeks Chicago has... Read more »

Guns/The Hatfields and the McCoys/The Reality/The Hypocrisy

Guns/The Hatfields and the McCoys/The Reality/The Hypocrisy
Before I get into this piece that deals with guns,I feel I have to explain a bit of history regarding something in my past. In 1982 I was the Editor of a Magazine called the “Chevrons” it was exclusively for Chicago Police Sergeants and their families. It mostly was about the job and families, new... Read more »

Soft Targets/Gun Grabbers/The Shriek's For More Gun laws/Groundhog Day in Reverse.

Soft Targets/Gun Grabbers/The Shriek's For More Gun laws/Groundhog Day in Reverse.
It’s almost impossible these days in America to recall all the mass shootings this Country has endured. Granted, some were so horrific the place’s are recalled but the names of the victims and the perpetrators are mostly lost to history for most folks, other  than those who were personally touched by the horror.  In 2018... Read more »
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Everyday Safety Tips From Cops/ Unaware Means defenseless/Somebody is Always Watching.

Everyday Safety Tips From Cops/ Unaware Means defenseless/Somebody is Always Watching.
Whether your talking on your cell phone, parking you car. or just out shopping, being alert to your surroundings can prevent you from becoming a victim. Lets just set aside the victims of violent crimes, especially with Chicago’s more then 1,300 murders and almost 8,000 people shot the last two years, and concentrate on all... Read more »

A Dead Hero's Words/ Deaf Ears/ The Beat Goes On/ Leadership That's Impossible to Shame

A Dead Hero's Words/ Deaf Ears/ The Beat Goes On/ Leadership That's Impossible to Shame
On the one year anniversary  of his death, Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer’s  words have still have me shaking my head.Paul Bauer was a Commander who never left the field. Sitting behind a desk and leading was certainly not his style.Death came while chasing down an armed 4 time felon wearing body armor  after hearing... Read more »

Beloved Killers/ The Insanity/ The Myths/The Madness Of False Idols

Beloved Killers/ The Insanity/ The Myths/The Madness Of False Idols
When word came down this morning that notorious Drug King Pin Joaquin “EL CHAPO” Guzman was convicted of Murder, Conspiracy, Drug Distribution and several more Felonies it certainly didn’t surprise any of us in Law Enforcement in Chicago. Shorty (El Chapo) was responsible for an industrial size Cocaine and Heroin Cartel that used Chicago for... Read more »
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The Culprits/ The Out of Touch/ Rappers/ Killers/ The Passing of Time.

The Culprits/ The  Out of Touch/ Rappers/ Killers/ The Passing of Time.
Last Wednesday Chicago reported yet again another murder on it’s streets, not really a big deal it happens hundreds and hundreds of times. However as soon as the victim was identified those of us who followed the gangs over the years immediately recognized the significance. It certainly was not lost on of Chicago’s great investigative... Read more »

Thugs/ Babies/ How Low Can a City Go/ Big Shoulders Without Heads

Thugs/ Babies/ How Low Can a City Go/ Big Shoulders Without Heads
Imagine a civilization wherever you live in the world where driving your car with a one year old in a baby seat is shot by gang thugs trying to kill each other off?  For most folks it would never enter their thoughts.  In Chicago the reality is so real people actually are afraid to go... Read more »

Blackface/ Past Sins/ Who Shall cast the First Stone/ Mary Poppins

Blackface/ Past Sins/ Who Shall cast the First Stone/ Mary Poppins
I’m not sure where the term ‘Nutty Professor”came from, maybe from the Jerry Lewis slapstick movie of the same title, but one thing for sure is, it’s alive and well. Ever since the Governor of Virginia got outed in his medical school year book  picture from 1984 of himself in Blackface standing next to a... Read more »
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Homicides/ The Weather/The Spin/The Reality

Homicides/ The Weather/The Spin/The Reality
Last month Chicagoans suffered through some of the most brutal weather in it’s history. Temperatures reaching 26 below zero with wind chills reaching to 53 degrees below zero.  Chicago for 53 hours was virtually colder than Mars and Antarctica.  Schools, businesses, museums and scores of other stores and institutions closed for at least 2 days,... Read more »