Category: Progressives

Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski

Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski

Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewksi, State Representative for the 23rd district, is spearheading the initiatives to get sports gambling legalized in the state. If it all works out and goes according to plan, with no unforeseen hurdles along the way, legal sports gaming could be here by the next Super Bowl

Zalewski is working with state Rep. Bob Rita to lead House discussions on this issue. The process began at the same time that March Madness/the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest and most lucrative sports wagering events of the calendar, began.

We had a telephone exclusive with Zalewski, and you can hear that conversation below:

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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...

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....
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Patriotism is Getting Hijacked by the MAGA Scoundrels

Patriotism is Getting Hijacked by the MAGA Scoundrels
“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” - Samuel Johnson, 1775 While historians are unsure what the exact context was of Johnson's quote was, and who his verbal dagger was pointed towards, the idea holds true more today than ever. In 2018 America, patriotism is being hijacked by those who want to use the flag as a cover over their racism, hatred and bigotry. They chant slogans like #AmericaFirst #MAGA (Make America Great Again) and #BuildThatWall...

Angry About School Shootings? Join the Race Against Gun Violence

Angry About School Shootings? Join the Race Against Gun Violence
After the Parkland, Florida massacre on St. Valentine’s Day, we saw a true sea change in America regarding the issue of gun violence. Our nation became very activated, and the message conveyed was loud and clear- we as citizens WANT REAL COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS NOW! Unfortunately, Congress in Washington D.C. did not listen to act, and between the Parkland massacre and the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting last week, the federal government still didn’t move on what is truly the biggest public health crisis facing our country. It’s clear that the only way real policy change regarding gun violence comes is at the polls, and that’s still six months away...

Real Time with Bill Maher: Worst Season Ever?

Real Time with Bill Maher: Worst Season Ever?
There is a whole lot to like about the HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher, and this season has certainly had plenty of exceptional moments. When the series is on point, it can truly be a joy to watch. However, when it’s off the mark, it can just be a brutal train wreck that offends every fiber of your being. Real Time, at its core is about the writers. That’s what it makes it so hit or miss, the writing is so much more important than the interview guests, the panel or even Maher himself. Real Time is off this week, and maybe that’s a good thing, perhaps they can regroup and recover, because this season has been the worst in recent memory...
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Political Correctness, Professionally Outraged Destroying the Left

Political Correctness, Professionally Outraged Destroying the Left
Hate to be the cliche liberal assailing his/her own team here, but it’s long overdue. My fellow lefties need to be called out for letting extremist political correctness take hold and maintain its grip on American discourse. Just the mere idea of scathingly critiquing an ideal held by your own “team” is rare in America these days, but it’s warranted now more than ever. Both sides, plus the center, or whatever is left of it, need to stay on their guard to always question, and when necessary, point out the flaws in values and beliefs that fall under their ideological umbrella...

May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

Today is May Day, or International Workers Day, and with that we remember the Haymarket Affair on the evening of May 4 1886. May 1 is the date on the calendar that honors and remembers labor, so thus the Haymarket martyrs, who died in the cause of eventually giving us an eight hour workday, are top of mind.

"The day will come when our silence is more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.”...

March for Our Lives Chicago: Important Event Details

March for Our Lives Chicago: Important Event Details
Saturday brings the March for Our Lives, a show of solidarity against the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. It's also a call to action for the implementation of common sense guns laws, and to thus hold the NRA, the politicians that support them, and the arms manufacturers and dealers accountable. The main event, much like all the other marches that have been held since January 2017, will be held in Washington D.C. but the motto of the local event is this:   In Chicago We March for Our Lives Everyday....
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Blue Wave Coming in November? Looking Beyond Conor Lamb Triumph

Blue Wave Coming in November? Looking Beyond Conor Lamb Triumph
Democrat Conor Lamb's upsetting of Republican and Donald Trump endorsed Rick Saccone in the Pennsylvania special election 18th district is yet another sign of an impending blue wave in the coming midterm elections. It's a heavily Republican district that Trump won by 20 points, and Mitt Romney won by 17. It's also the heart of steel country, so perhaps a message was sent tonight about those steel tariffs. We've heard all about the blue wave that's supposed to be washing ashore this November, but it won't be coming unless the enthusiasm gap is closed; and then some. The gap needs to be surpassed because Democrats just aren't as good (bad for us the voter) at gerrymandering...