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If I'd never known Pat Colander, so much less my life would be

If I'd never known Pat Colander, so much less my life would be
It was the early 1970s and there was one writer in town, Pat Colander that I simply couldn’t get enough of.   Her writing in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Reader was magnificent and intelligent and creative.  Whatever she wrote about, I wanted to write like that; I was envious of her... Read more »

This moment in politics: aldermanic prerogative, patronage and Trump

This moment in politics:  aldermanic prerogative, patronage and Trump
These three subjects–aldermanic prerogative and patronage (subconscious churning of thoughts brought on by a mayoral race) and Trump’s vindication have been mixing it up inside me lately. Albeit pushed aside briefly on Tuesday while I digested the Jussie Smollett Charges-Dropped head spinner, which left two huge jaw-droppers behind: Rahm, for the first time in eight... Read more »

The Preckwinkle Package: experience, temperament, ethics and the big shoulders Chicago needs

The Preckwinkle Package:  experience, temperament, ethics and the big shoulders Chicago needs
She’s got it all, folks.  Tarring her as a political hack, a boss and simply more-of-the-same is off base.  There are things to call her out on, but not the most important things: experience, temperament and ethics.  She’s got a rare package that’s hard to find in Cook County. Don’t waste her. I met her... Read more »
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A new book of lost Chicago restaurants grabbed me by the gut; no pun intended

A new book of lost Chicago restaurants grabbed me by the gut; no pun intended
When I was a little girl my dad used to take me to Stouffer’s a lot for dinner. Stouffer’s had dainty portions, utmost cleanliness, polite and attentive and somewhat starchy  service–and very good food.  A tea room for ladies.  (For dames–classy ones, my dad may have said.) And they served sweet rolls instead of dinner... Read more »

If Rahm goes on to become a TV pundit, there really is something wrong with this country

If Rahm goes on to become a TV pundit, there really is something wrong with this country
I knew this was coming. People kept telling me Tiny Dancer made an appearance on this Sunday morning show.  And that Sunday morning show.  And finally I saw him myself on a Sunday morning show. As a member of This Week with George Stephanopolous’ Round Table.  He had nothing interesting to say. And it was... Read more »

Mayoral candidates: stop promising tax freezes, a no-kill city and premium education, when some basic housekeeping would do

Mayoral candidates:  stop promising tax freezes, a no-kill city and premium education, when some basic housekeeping would do
Tiny Dancer gave up on Chicago after eight years.  He just doesn’t know what to do anymore with us idiots, so we’re on our own.  He’s done.  But before his exit is official, at the last minute he’s going to try to get us a casino and a change to the Illinois Constitution–which he says... Read more »
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He may not be draining the swamp, but he's got a bright and burning light on it

He may not be draining the swamp, but he's got a bright and burning light on it
“He’s not draining the swamp; he’s making it worse,” yelled my bff on the phone yesterday during a long conversation in lieu of getting together–staying out of the cold and avoiding the ice.  I had just told her that consumer confidence on Black Friday hit a historic high. We went through a lot of stuff,... Read more »

Don't call it antisemitism when it's paranoid schizophrenia

Don't call it antisemitism when it's paranoid schizophrenia
My dad used to say that in Englewood before the war–all white and ethnic back then–the neighborhood kids used to snicker when the rumors started spreading that Hitler was killing Jews.  “They were kind of happy that he was getting rid of some Jews,” my dad used to say, which was his way of explaining... Read more »

How come the cops never give tickets for riding a bike on the sidewalk in MY neighborhood? Because they're too busy doing it in other neighborhoods

How come the cops never give tickets for riding a bike on the sidewalk in MY neighborhood?  Because they're too busy doing it in other neighborhoods
The one good thing about winter coming?  The number of bicycle riders on the sidewalk will diminish.  They won’t disappear.  They won’t stop posing a danger to us pedestrians.  But the cold, the snow and the ice will lower their numbers and reduce the chances of us walkers getting seriously injured. For those of us... Read more »
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Democrat senators: Cease and desist talking about these vile acts and vote on Kavanaugh now because you are making us sick to our stomachs

Democrat senators:   Cease and desist talking about these vile acts and vote on Kavanaugh now because you are making us sick to our stomachs
How much more filthy, dirty, vile talk do we have to be subjected to, day after day after day?  We, who pay your salaries, are sick to our stomachs having to listen to tales of drunken teenage gang rapes, hands down your pants, hands over your mouth that seem to want to kill you, penises... Read more »