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Trying to Make Sense of Crowded, Chaotic Chicago Mayoral Race

Trying to Make Sense of Crowded, Chaotic Chicago Mayoral Race

Monday marks the beginning of early voting for the Chicago mayoral election, and that means we're just a little more than two weeks away from Election Day. Are you tired of getting unsolicited e-mails from Bill Daley? Badly need to opt-out of those text messages from Paul Vallas?

And how did these people even get our contact info to begin with? I still don't know who I'm going to vote for, as the Chicago mayoral race field is so egregiously overcrowded that calling it obnoxious is an understatement.

Maybe trying to sort out the chaos here will help me move towards a decision. Before we get to the candidates, we need to talk about what could be the most important x-factor in this election. And for that we enlisted the help of Theresa Siaw, candidate for 26th Ward Alderman.

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Alderman Candidate Theresa Siaw Passionate About Holiday Giving, Combating Violence

Alderman Candidate Theresa Siaw Passionate About Holiday Giving, Combating Violence

Local activist and candidate for 26th Ward Alderman Theresa Siaw is extremely passionate about both philanthropy and combating violence in Chicago. If you're a loyal reader of the Patriotic Dissenter on the Chicago Now network, then you are obviously well aware of how strongly committed we are to combatting gun violence in our communities.

Thus, when the opportunity arose to have an exclusive conversation with Siaw, we were eager to hear and then help spread her message. The Theresa Siaw Foundation and Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. (go here for an exclusive with him) hosted a meet and greet and collected items for Cradles to Crayons at Homiey in Humboldt Park this past Friday night. 

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U2 Frontman Bono Speaking About AIDS, Poverty in Chicago

U2 Frontman Bono Speaking About AIDS, Poverty in Chicago

Bono is one of those extremely rare individuals who has succeeded at an elite level in not just one, but two professions. The Dublin born front man for rock band U2 is just as accomplished an activist as he is a musician.

Born Paul David Hewson in 1960, Bono has received numerous plaudits, including honorary British knighthood and the Time Magazine “Person of the Year” award, for his efforts bringing awareness to important social issues.

As the co-founder of sister organizations ONE and (RED), Bono will be in town Thursday night to speak about the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa to the Economic Club of Chicago at the Hilton Towers...

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Erika Harold, Arthur Jones, Bruce Rauner: Three to Vote Against on Tuesday

Erika Harold, Arthur Jones, Bruce Rauner: Three to Vote Against on Tuesday

Typically, a midterm election is one of low general interest and the only real activation is within the voters registered to the party that lost the Presidential election two years prior. Another standard midterm election trope is the elevation of extremely far out candidates with beliefs way outside the mainstream, and a tendency to make bizarre gaffes that make them overnight viral video sensations.

The “macaca” guy in Virginia is one example. The former practitioner of witchcraft (happy belated Halloween everybody) who ran on the Tea Party ticket is another. Despite the current political climate being so degenerated to the point that anybody can run regardless of their background (see the Oval Office) and no one drops out of a race regardless of flaws and transgressions (see Alabama), we still have some egregious outliers.

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Mike Singletary Exclusive: Bears Legend Champions Cause for Clean Water

Mike Singletary Exclusive: Bears Legend Champions Cause for Clean Water

During his playing days, Chicago Bears icon and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary was well known for both his incredible toughness and amazing acumen. Now the legendary linebacker is bringing the same traits which helped him dominate opposing offenses on the gridiron over to the social justice arena.

"Samurai Mike" is doing his part to help combat the global water crisis, a dire situation that will only worsen as the adverse effects of catastrophic climate change take hold of the Earth. Singletary is teaming up with Dr. Todd Phillips of The Last Well and his clean water crusade.

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Boston Red Sox Show Financial Support for Anti-Bullying Campaign

Boston Red Sox Show Financial Support for Anti-Bullying Campaign
When it comes to social justice, the Boston Red Sox are a franchise with a very troubled history. They even had to rename the street adjacent to their home stadium of Fenway Park, because it had honored a former team owner who resisted efforts to integrate baseball back in the 1950s. Racist incidents involving their fan base in recent years have been well documented. However, last week saw the Boston Red Sox position themselves on the right side of history. And there's no better time than the World Series to get a positive message out there, as more eyeballs will be upon the club...
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Chicago Bears Convey Progress on the Field, and Towards Social Justice

Chicago Bears Convey Progress on the Field, and Towards Social Justice
This September, the Chicago Bears are achieving progress both on and off the field. The Monsters of the Midway are first in the standings of their respective division, with a very favorable opportunity to move to a surprising 3-1 start on Sunday. In terms of standing for betterment of the community, Chicago is also first, as they became the initial NFL team to maximize the NFL’s new social justice initiative. The team announced last week that the organization will commit $500,000 toward social justice initiatives in the city of Chicago, with a focus on education and community police relations....

Josh Hader Rightfully Inspires Hatred Both On and Off the Field in Cub Fans

Josh Hader Rightfully Inspires Hatred Both On and Off the Field in Cub Fans

It's truly amazing, the "rooting for clothes" principle, made famous by comedian Jerry Seinfield, we see in sports from time to time. When the Chicago Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals last month, it was the perfect opportunity to put that theory to the test.

While some Cubs fans have softened their stance on Murphy since the trade, it's hard to imagine a Cub fan supporting Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader if he were to move to the team about 90 minutes south on I-94. Like Murphy, Hader has publicly expressed anti-gay sentiments in the past. Unlike Murphy, Hader's remarks were blatantly hostile.

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Being a Chicago Cubs Fan Means Jettisoning Your Social Conscience

Being a Chicago Cubs Fan Means Jettisoning Your Social Conscience

This weekend marked the first time that Chicago Cubs infielder Daniel Murphy played against his former team, the Washington Nationals, since he was traded on August 21st. Having the spotlight back on Murphy means once again revisiting who he is as a person, and thus how much the Cubs don't actually care what their players are like as people off the field.

The Nats have taken two of three from the Cubs this weekend, with Sunday's game, scheduled to start later today, potentially rained out. Murphy has been a big boost to the Cubs lineup. He's helped improved the team's ailing since the All-Star break offense, hitting .303 with an OPS of .854 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs in 16 games.

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Dear Media, STOP COVERING Trump Rallies! It’s that Easy

Dear Media, STOP COVERING Trump Rallies! It’s that Easy

My most loyal reader and commenter of all, my Aunt Donna said it best about POTUS 45, in response to my last column about his committing treason on live television:

“I don't want to hear or read another word of his. I'm beginning to think he's suffering from early stage dementia.”

I’m pretty much in the same place on that right now, but obviously that’s a pipe dream for the time being. However, it’s also not uncommon for the obnoxiously ubiquitous to eventually disappear from the public consciousness (remember Tonya Harding? In 1994 she was on TV every second of every day).

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