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The Power Of The Vote

The Power Of The Vote
The people have spoken. Despite really low turnout, changes have been made politically from Joliet all the way to Chicago and even some politicians that got reelected had to fight their way back in. We start in my neck of the woods Northern Will County and Joliet (the state’s fourth largest city), has new leadership.... Read more »

Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson

Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson
Friday November 21st marks 30 years since the death of Chicago public high school great Ben Wilson. You ask any Chicagoan of a certain age and Thanksgiving of the mid 80′s were sorrowful, we lost Ben Wilson the day before Thanksgiving in 1984 and then our beloved Mayor Harold Washington three years later the day... Read more »

Illinois Politics Is Like Ketchup On A Hot Dog

Illinois Politics Is Like Ketchup On A Hot Dog
I say politics is like ketchup on a hot dog because we all have our beliefs, values and opinions and we all have our stance on them. And there is pretty much a candidate who fills that position. Or is there? We have two races here in Illinois in today’s midterm elections that are hotly... Read more »
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I've Become One Of Those "NIMBY" People

I've Become One Of Those "NIMBY" People
For years I’ve always questioned those people that seemed to complain about every little change that happened in their neighborhood, you know the whole “Not in my backyard” (NIMBY), thing. I’ve now joined that group due to a proposed development literally in my own backyard. This picture you see on this blog looks to the... Read more »

Clarification of the Proposed Amendments To The Illinois Constitution

 Clarification of the Proposed Amendments To The Illinois Constitution
So probably in the last week you received a small booklet in the mail (from the Secretary of States office), stating there are not one but two amendments up for a vote for the Illinois State Constitution on election next month (November 4, 2014), in the general statewide election. The first is for amendment to... Read more »

Is It Too Soon To Name Things After President Barack Obama?

Is It Too Soon To Name Things After President Barack Obama?
I just read this afternoon (on the Chicago Tribune website), that here in Chicago there are plans to name a Chicago Public School selective enrollment high school for President Barack Obama near the old Cabrini Green public housing site on the near north side around Division & Halsted . The school will open in the... Read more »
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Voters Frustration vs Civic Duty

Voters Frustration vs Civic Duty
If you voted today, have you ever seen a lineup of more undesirable candidates? I understand why voter turnout is low and peoples frustrations. Gasoline prices are rising and its not even officially spring yet, our taxes are out of control and our politicians are corrupt. Did I mention how bad our streets and civil... Read more »

Why Can't Our Roads Be Properly Shoveled?

Why Can't Our Roads Be Properly Shoveled?
Since the early December 2005 snow storm that caused me a 8 hour commute from the O’Hare Airport area to the south side of Chicago (the same night of a plane crash just outside of Midway Airport), I’ve noticed more and more (especially this incredible winter), of roads that were not shoveled or salted and... Read more »

Why I'm Embarrased Of Illinois Roads & Infrastructure

Why I'm Embarrased Of Illinois Roads & Infrastructure
The roads in the state of Illinois are terrible, this is not news. But I’m not just talking about snow removal; I mean pot holes, maintenance, the whole infrastructure. Now I know some municipalities (including the state itself), have funding issues but this is about public safety, commerce transportation and not having the streets of... Read more »
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Why I Should Be The First Black Governor Of Illinois

Why I Should Be The First Black Governor Of Illinois
Since my undergraduate days at DePaul University in the late 90’s I told anyone who would listen I would be the first black governor of Illinois. And now that Bill Daley is out of the way, I can make my historic run to Springfield. First off this is my home state and (despite all of... Read more »
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