Illinois Primary is Today: VOTE!!

Illinois Primary is Today: VOTE!!
VOTE! The Illinois Primary is today! Polls close today at 7pm! The political process is served not by sitting in front of your television and watching the news.  It is not served by watching CNN, Fox News or MSNBC.  It is served by going to the polls and making a choice. It’s time to have... Read more »

After Chicago Donald Trump must take responsibility for his message

After Chicago Donald Trump must take responsibility for his message
Donald Trump was forced to back down last night.  Trump was scheduled to have a rally in Chicago when more protesters than supporters (or at least an equal amount) showed up for it. Because of the chaotic nature of the crowd, Trump cancelled the event. The morning after I still have mixed feeling about the... Read more »

Illinois’ Primary Election: Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton

Illinois’ Primary Election: Why I’m voting for Hillary Clinton
I will vote for Hillary Clinton for President.  I. Will. Vote. For. Hillary.   I’m not sure if I am saying that to you or to me.  But I will vote for Hillary in next Tuesday’s Illinois primary election.   “Why?” is the question I find myself asking.  First, there are some other races I find important... Read more »
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Donald Trump and the lack of civility in American politics: Why deadlock reigns supreme

Donald Trump and the lack of civility in American politics: Why deadlock reigns supreme
I might be old fashioned, but I remember a time when presidential frontrunners didn’t get on national television and talk about the size of their genitalia.     This is where politics has gone.  Watching last night’s Republican debate—the “throw-down in Motown”—was entertaining to say the least.  You could sit in front of the television with... Read more »

Donald Trump was the kid nobody liked—the kid who took his ball and went home

Donald Trump was the kid nobody liked—the kid who took his ball and went home
Donald Trump can’t be the President of the United States because if he acted like this as a kid, nobody liked him.  His refusal to debate on Fox News if Megyn Kelly is the moderator will be his undoing.  Why?  Because Donald Trump just became the guy we hated playing with on playgrounds growing up:... Read more »

Has parenting, rather than segregation, led to two different Chicagos?

Has parenting, rather than segregation, led to two different Chicagos?
Yesterday, I read Dahleen Glanton’s column titled MLK speech rings loud in 2016 on page 2 of the Chicago Tribune.  It was an interesting read discussing today’s Chicago, the lack of opportunity in certain neighborhoods and how historical segregation in Chicago has led to two starkly different Chicagos.  She writes: In “good” neighborhoods, residents are... Read more »
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New Year's Resolution: Just do it!

New Year's Resolution: Just do it!
“What do you want?” I was on my couch, watching Good Will Hunting and Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) asked Will Hunting (Matt Damon), “What do you want?” That question stuck with me throughout the remainder of the film as Will tries to find his way– at 20 years old. I am 42.  At 42, I’m... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel Must Resign

Rahm Emanuel Must Resign
Rahm Emanuel got weepy yesterday in front of the City Council.  Mayor Emanuel was weepy because he has had a tough month.  His tough month began when his lawyers lost a court battle to keep the video of Laquan McDonald being gunned down by a Chicago Police officer from public view.  Since then, Rahm has... Read more »

The Death of Laquan McDonald and the Inaction of Rahm Emanuel While the Whole World Watches

The Death of Laquan McDonald and the Inaction of Rahm Emanuel While the Whole World Watches
On October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald died.  He was shot by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke.  Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.  16.  SIXTEEN.  He was on the ground, in the fetal position and Van Dyke continued firing. On November 24, 2015, roughly 400 days after the incident, Jason Van Dyke was brought before... Read more »
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The Death of Daniel Fleetwood, The Force, Life’s Moments, and Awesome Strangers

The Death of Daniel Fleetwood, The Force, Life’s Moments, and Awesome Strangers
I sit at my desk this morning not certain what to write about.  I have several ideas floating in my brain.  Thoughts about Starbucks (this is really an issue?!); I still can’t get over Tyshawn Lee’s death and I find what’s going on at the University of Missouri very interesting.  I also want to write... Read more »