Aren’t newspapers supposed to expose corruption?

Aren’t newspapers supposed to expose corruption?
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article published in Chicago Now titled, “Don’t let the presses stop,” featuring a young reporter, David Giuliani, who stood up to a local Mayor. You can read the article here. Hired as a watchdog by the Daily Journal, David is a thorough investigative journalist, a good writer,... Read more »

What's the greatest threat to America?

What's the greatest threat to America?
Sadly, in America we live in the culture of hate-based politics. It is not new. Hatred in politics is as old as Plato. The internet has taken it to new levels. We used to put the hate aside to work on issues as a nation. Revenge, rather than finding conservative or liberal answers to society’s... Read more »

The ongoing fantasy of a new major airport for Chicago is making the rounds

The ongoing fantasy of a new major airport for Chicago is making the rounds
Between Peotone and Beecher Illinois lays the start of the Corn Belt. The fertile loamy soil is part of the breadbasket of the world. Corn and soybeans grow in the black earth unlike anywhere else on the planet. Family farms are the backbone of the small, tight-knit communities that dot the prairie. Governor J. B.... Read more »
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What's the payoff for taxpayers of poor cities when city officials frequently attend expensive conferences?

What's the payoff for taxpayers of poor cities when city officials frequently attend expensive conferences?
Chicago is a prosperous city. It is home to one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. Iconic buildings that frame the shoulders of a world-class city stand as monuments to success and wealth. Chicago frames the world image of the State of Illinois. If a political candidate wins the vote in Cook and... Read more »

Will an election fix America?

Will an election fix America?
America, we need to wake up. We’re taking our political passions too far. For the first time in my life, I am afraid of my Nation. Nine days ago, eleven people were murdered at a Pittsburgh synagogue while praying, and I see no resolve from the Government, or either political party to fight the hate... Read more »

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gives the green light to corruption

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gives the green light to corruption
Four years ago, I met Bruce Rauner at the opening of his campaign office in Illinois. He regaled me with dreams of how Illinois could be if he were just governor. He was a billionaire dealmaker and knew how to bring in new business. One of his most moving speeches was about how he would... Read more »
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Six things you can do to make America Great Again that does not include Donald Trump

Six things you can do to make America Great Again that does not include Donald Trump
“Bob, are you alive?” a reader emailed me yesterday. I’ve been absent for the past fourteen tumultuous days. That is on purpose. We all need a break from the constant stream of crazy fed to us by the mosh pit of Washington on a daily basis. If we do not take breaks, then we become... Read more »

Facebook went down, and I got my 15 minutes of fame

Facebook went down, and I got my 15 minutes of fame
The maxim, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” is generally attributed to Andy Warhol. Just like the thousands of aphorisms attributed to Einstein that one can find on the net, there is controversy as to whether Warhol ever uttered the words. Regardless of whether he did or not, the words are... Read more »

Don’t let the presses stop

Don’t let the presses stop
Bad things happen when the community newspaper ceases operations. The effects are far more significant than not reading the local obituaries, or birth and graduation announcements. The impact is more noteworthy than not chronicling graduations, engagements, or what food is on sale at the local market. A community suffers when a newspaper is poorly run,... Read more »
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President Trump is a global embarrassment but can Democrats beat him in 2020?

President Trump is a global embarrassment but can Democrats beat him in 2020?
In 1972, I knocked on doors in West Los Angeles for President Nixon. I caught the attention of California political operative Lyn Nofziger who made me Chairman of Young Voters for the President in West LA. That was a long time ago. Forty-six years have passed since that skinny kid with long black curly hair... Read more »