How Bruce Rauner Can Defeat Gov. Pat Quinn

Illinois is a red state with a big blue city disproportionately influencing its politics. If Illinois were any other state, or the Chicago metro was any smaller, Bruce Rauner’s Republican primary victory would have assured him a landslide win in the general election against an incumbent governor who has terrible approval ratings. However, this is... Read more »

Russia Stares Down U.S., NATO, EU over Ukraine

Russia will occupy parts of east Ukraine for the foreseeable future. How much Ukrainian territory the Russians decide to grab is in doubt, but that they will hold on to some seems inevitable. That is a statement no one would have taken seriously a year ago, but one that is a reality today partly because... Read more »

Weather and Climate Change

Weather and climate are not the same thing. It is remarkable that liberals who lament the lack of scientific education among their conservative counterparts overlook this basic distinction. Weather is the state of the atmosphere at any given place and time in terms of temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation and wind among other factors. Climate consists... Read more »

Rauner, Rutherford, Dillard, Brady: 1 Month Away from Primary Day

On March 18, Illinois Republicans will select their candidate for governor to challenge Pat Quinn in the November 4th general election. A year ago the chatter was about U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and Attorney General Lisa Madigan squaring off in a general election with the primaries simply being a coronation for both. Now, Pat Quinn... Read more »

Real State of the Union: 2014 Edition

President Obama will deliver the 2014 State of the Union speech tonight. The speech is expected to touch on income inequality, healthcare reform and immigration policy among other issues. The State of the Union speech is always highly political, overly optimistic, silent on the real controversies of the day and meant to advance a couple... Read more »

Costco vs. Walmart

Did you know that the multi-billion dollar big box retail industry has become a full blown political football? I guess I am late to this debate. Like many life long Chicagoans, I recall the fierce debates in our city about the entrance of the first Walmart back in 2006. Chicago is a “union town” where... Read more »

Will She or Won't She

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has a big decision to make. Does she take the safe road and remain the state’s top lawyer or does she risk all her political capital on a competitive gubernatorial campaign? Conventional wisdom has suggested that she will enter the Democratic primary for governor this year, carve a narrow path... Read more »

The Chris Christie Way

Are you a Chris Christie Republican? The overweight and bombastic governor of New Jersey has gone from an unknown to a “need-to-know” politician in less than 3 years and seems to be redefining what being a Republican is all about. Those of us who identify with the Republican Party are not monolithic. We know that... Read more »

The Marriage Equality Double Standard

Illinois will not be the 13th state to legalize same sex marriages…at least not yet. In a stunning set back to gay right advocates, the Illinois House of Representatives did not cast a vote on the marriage equality bill because it’s sponsor, Rep. Greg Harris, conceded that he did not have enough votes to get... Read more »

The Day After Memorial Day

Yesterday, we took pause to remember the lives of those who have served our nation in uniform and paid the ultimate price. We recalled their families and the sacrifice they had to make for the sake of our entire nation. What about today? We head back to work today, going on about our business, feeling... Read more »