Category: politics

Easter reflections on how the Notre Dame fire united us, for a moment

In the midst of all the political and social discord roiling America and Europe at the moment, in the middle of all the angst and discontent playing out in our streets and legislative houses, the world collectively paused for a few hours this past Monday in a rare if brief display of unity and one-mindedness,... Read more »

To understand why things go down in Chicago like they do, read "The Jungle" & "Boss"

The past several weeks have witnessed a powerful, longtime alderman arrested on federal corruption charges; the acquittal of four Chicago cops in a conspiracy trial; and most recently, the lenient sentence handed down by a judge to the officer who shot and killed Laquan Macdonald. It’s funny but even before Patti Blagojevich chimed in, I was... Read more »

Illinois Good Samaritan bill would let citizens rescue pets from hot cars

Q&A with Marc Ayers, Humane Society of the U.S. Illinois State Director Every summer brings with it the heartbreaking and all too common reports of infants and pets perishing inside hot vehicles. Thirteen states have passed “Good Samaritan” laws that allow citizens to break into a locked vehicle if they witness an animal inside that appears... Read more »
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Attempts to sanction bus operator for offensive ad could run afoul of First Amendment

Suburban Express, a Champaign-based bus line that serves Illinois college students, provoked outrage recently when it sent a promotional email to University of Illinois students that read: “You won’t feel like you’re in China when you’re on our buses.” The line, from what I’ve read, was an apparent reference to the allegedly high number of... Read more »

Senate resolution would permit horrific hunting practices on Alaskan refuges

For reasons I will explain, this post is directed more toward readers who live outside of Illinois, but if you have friends or family who live out of state who care about animals and wildlife, please read on and share this with them! There is a resolution working its way through the Senate, that could... Read more »

11/9 I Await You: I've Got Political Ad Fatigue

November 9th can’t get here fast enough for me. I feel this way every election year. It’s because I can finally take my TV off mute when the commercials come on. It’s safe to turn the TV on without a relentless onslaught of back-to-back slimy political attack ads, each more brainless than the last. Is it... Read more »
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This Blog-o Says No Blago

He’s baack. Rod Blagojevich will appear in Judge James Zagel’s courtroom via closed-circuit TV today for his resentencing. Supposedly, Blago has a very good chance of getting his original 14-year sentence dramatically reduced. If that’s the case, having already served four years in federal prison he could soon be a free man. No. No, no,... Read more »

In defense of choosing not to vote

The political conventions are overwith, and the last remaining challengers have been vanquished. Faced with the most unappealing choice of presidential candidates in my lifetime, I’ve pondered a question that I suspect many are contemplating but few acknowledge, outside of intimate circles. Is not voting ever an acceptable option? This is a difficult question, particularly... Read more »