Illinois Gubernatorial matchup: Do you like Pat Quinn? If not, vote for Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Gubernatorial matchup: Do you like Pat Quinn? If not, vote for Bruce Rauner.
“After four years, if you don’t like me, throw me out!” is the tag line of a Bruce Rauner campaign ad.  I’m voting for Bruce Rauner, but, I’m not certain how comfortable I feel about him.   The more I learn about him, the more my stomach gets a little bit queasy.   He hasn’t told us... Read more »

In Illinois' Congressional 10th District, I support Bob Dold???

In Illinois' Congressional 10th District, I support Bob Dold???
Apparently, I support Bob Dold.  Saturday morning, I saw a number of Bob Dold yard signs up in various neighborhoods on my way home from the gym.  When I turned the corner of my block, I noticed another yard sign, down the block near my home.  As I approached, I was surprised to see the... Read more »

Tragically Hip: Why have I given up the ability to run?

Tragically Hip: Why have I given up the ability to run?
Blogapalooza: When ChicagoNow bloggers are given a topic with a strict one hour time limit to create, edit and post.  Tonight’s topic: “Write about something in your life you’ve given up but that you wish you still did.” RUN is the first thing that popped into my head.  I don’t run anymore.  I don’t play... Read more »
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I’m a Bears fan and I don’t hate the Green Bay Packers

I’m a Bears fan and I don’t hate the Green Bay Packers
I am a Chicago Bears fan and I don’t hate the Green Bay Packers. I said it. Admittedly, I’m not certain if my failure to hate the Packers makes me a bad Chicagoan.  It very well may.  I think it’s a mortal sin to put ketchup on a hot dog.  Is it just as bad... Read more »

Illinois Election for Governor: Pat Quinn leads Bruce Rauner 48% to 37%

Illinois Election for Governor: Pat Quinn leads Bruce Rauner 48% to 37%
There is an election in less than two months.  Among other decisions, Illinois’ voters will be forced to decide on our next governor.  The race pits incumbent, Pat Quinn, against wealthy venture capitalist, Bruce Rauner.  This race excites me about as much as Chicago baseball over the last two seasons.  Not at all. The Chicago... Read more »

Chicago Cubs versus White Sox: The tension continues on Father’s Day

Chicago Cubs versus White Sox: The tension continues on Father’s Day
Sunday, June 15, 2014 is a big day in my household; one I have dreaded since my son was born five and a half years ago.  Yes, it is Father’s Day, but considering we fathers are the Rodney Dangerfield of the parental unit, my breakfast in bed will happen if I leave home, stay in... Read more »
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Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is a must see—says this Neanderthal

Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet is a must see—says this Neanderthal
Saturday night, my wife Amy and I went to see Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet.  One word describes it: Fantastic. I am going well outside my comfort zone as I am certainly NOT a ballet critic.  But, I enjoyed it so much, I thought it appropriate to write a few words about it.   Starting at... Read more »

The Cost of Donald Sterling’s Private Words — Have We Become Big Brother?

The Cost of Donald Sterling’s Private Words — Have We Become Big Brother?
Donald Sterling: Racist!  Now that the NBA has taken quick and decisive (and appropriate) action, people across America dance around the fire kindled by Donald Sterling and his morally bankrupt views.  As I listened to sports talk radio the last day or so, it had a feeling of Oz as the Munchkins deliriously sang “Ding-Dong... Read more »

Bruce Rauner wins GOP nomination, now will he get trounced by Pat Quinn?

Bruce Rauner wins GOP nomination, now will he get trounced by Pat Quinn?
I did something yesterday I had not done since 1994: I pulled a Republican ballot.  It felt alien.  There were other years I flirted with pulling the GOP ballot, but then I always go back to pulling the blue one. I think I got a look from the woman behind the desk like: “Really?”  Or... Read more »
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QUICK HITS: ILLINOIS PRIMARY ELECTION NIGHT

QUICK HITS: ILLINOIS PRIMARY ELECTION NIGHT
DONE AND DONE!  Rauner holds on to win the Republican nomination. 41% to 37% Now that Dillard lost again, is it HIS fault or is it the fault of one of his opponents (AGAIN)? Is the Rauner/Dillard race good news for Quinn?  Or is it just more Republicans voting for the moderate Republican vs the... Read more »