Tag: news

Aurora, Smollet, R. Kelly—Please just make it stop

The suck just won’t stop. Is it me, or ever since the new year does it seem like the news coming out of Illinois has been unrelentingly shameful and awful? Given that Illinois is a train wreck of a state anyway, that’s saying a lot. No sooner had Jason van Dyke’s slap-on-the-wrist of a prison... Read more »

Why aren’t progressives more outspoken against age discrimination?

I can be forgiven if I’m a little pissed off right now. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided a few days ago that it’s okay for employers to discriminate against me. As I explained in my June 9 blog post, a man named Dale Kleber sued CareFusion Corp. for discriminatory hiring practices in violation of... Read more »

The Covington "story" and the irresponsible news media

By now almost everyone knows about the viral video of the Catholic school teens having an alleged confrontation with native Americans at a tourist site in Washington, D.C., and how the truth turned out to be more complicated than it first appeared when it was initially reported. The video caused a social media uproar (what... Read more »
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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 »

Why I don't miss working as 'holiday help'

By all reports, the roaring economy has made retail stores desperate for seasonal workers, or what used to be called “Christmas help.” This brings back memories of my own adventures working in retail during the holiday season. The first was in the 1980s, when I was an 18-year-old college freshman. I took a job at... Read more »

PSA disaster 40 years ago today triggered changes that make flying safer

This is one of the most difficult and painful posts I’ve written. Today is the 40th anniversary of an air disaster that changed U.S. commercial aviation forever. You’re probably not conscious of it if you don’t live on the West Coast, especially if you were not alive at the time. But it had a far-reaching... Read more »
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Taking carriage horses off Chicago's streets is an idea whose time has come

If you’re like me, your heart has ached witnessing horses hauling carriages down congested Mag Mile area streets in the brutal cold of a Chicago winter night, or the scorching heat of summer, and you’ve felt helpless to do anything for these creatures. On Wednesday, September 12, at 11 a.m., the Chicago City Council Committee... 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 »

It could get easier for older job applicants to prove age discrimination

No one over the age of 40 needs to be reminded that age discrimination in the workplace is a very real problem, and even with laws in place that are supposed to protect older workers, the odds are often stacked against you when vindicating your rights in court. It is particularly difficult for older workers... Read more »
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Constitutional Writes: The gay wedding cake case

Befuddled and even a little dismayed that today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to create a cake for a same-sex wedding skirted the overarching constitutional issues involved and turned instead on case-specific issues? (The Court’s majority opinion, which was not divided along ideological lines, focused on specific actions... Read more »