Posts in category "Chicago Politics"

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 »

Tyshawn Lee is another victim of violent examples around him. Only better examples will stop the violence.

Tyshawn Lee is another victim of violent examples around him. Only better examples will stop the violence.
Tyshawn Lee was nine years old.  He was killed on Monday afternoon in an alley on Chicago’s south side.  Why?  We wring our hands and wonder why this happens, the answer is ultimately simple: another young person with no respect for life had access to a gun, pointed it at Tyshawn and pulled the trigger. ... Read more »
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The death of Hadiya Pendleton: Is Chicago safe for children?

The death of Hadiya Pendleton: Is Chicago safe for children?
“It’s very painful to see your big sister get slaughtered.” A ten year-old boy had to utter those words because his 15 year old sister, Hadiya Pendleton, died after being shot in the back while she was hanging out with friends in a North Kenwood park. Hadiya was an honors student at King College Prep,... Read more »

New Year– and New Chicago Parking Meter Rates

New Year– and New Chicago Parking Meter Rates
Mayor Richard M. Daley: the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you did not resolve to continue getting nickeled and dimed by local government in 2013, you will.  Due to the 75 year deal our old *friend* Mayor Daley signed (prior to ramming it through the spineless City Council), parking meter rates increase again... Read more »

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo
Below is something I posted in September 2011. A year later, very few questions on how to make the system better have been answered– today, teachers are concerned about evaluations, with the union being more concerned about keeping the status quo rather than fixing as product that clearly needs fixing. How come the dropout rate... Read more »
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Chicago Teachers’ Strike: It’s about teacher accountability, not the students

Chicago Teachers’ Strike: It’s about teacher accountability, not the students
Driving to work Monday morning, I found myself a little pissed off at the teachers picketing on the streets, rather than teaching in the classroom. I actually felt guilty about this teachers’ strike causing me to see red. I felt like Sean Hannity locked in a small room listening to a “Best of Barack Obama”... Read more »

With the mess of sweetheart deals coming to light—what will Mayor Daley’s legacy be?

With the mess of sweetheart deals coming to light—what will Mayor Daley’s legacy be?
Mayor Daley:  Do you care what Chicagoans think of you?  Do you care that Chicagoans feel like you screwed us over? Do you feel guilt?  Or do you giggle?  Or do you think you deserved it?  These are some of the questions that go through my mind when I read Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune detailing another... Read more »

Judicial Evaluations for March 20th Primary

Judicial Evaluations for March 20th Primary
Tuesday is the Illinois primary election. Did the lightbulb go on? That’s why you’re seeing all those Romney commercials! If you are like me, every time I get into the voting booth I am bombarded with 100 candidates for judge and I know roughly one-third of them. I’m a lawyer and I only know about... Read more »
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New Year– New Parking Meter Rates (and new toll rates!)

New Year– New Parking Meter Rates (and new toll rates!)
Mayor Richard M. Daley: the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you did not resolve to continue getting nickeled and dimed by local government in 2012, you will. Due to the 75 year deal Mayor Daley signed (prior to ramming it through the spineless City Council), parking meter rates increase today. In the loop–... Read more »