September political and baseball desperation

September is a hot and cold, desperate month. We come out of the long Labor Day weekend with kids back at school, candidates hoping to make a move, and baseball players and managers either fighting for a post-season spot or waiting until next year. So it is in 2015. The recent GOP presidential debate on... Read more »

Would Chicago vote for Trump over Clinton?

Donald Trump continues to confound political pundits, and this leads me to ask: Would Chicago vote for Trump over Hillary Clinton? Even though Democrat Clinton was born in Park Ridge, her “terrible, crushingly bad” poll numbers make this a reasonable question. Clinton, the daughter of a store owner, campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, but joined... Read more »

#LETSGO Cubs at the All-Star break

The Chicago Cubs #LETSGO hashtag represents the hopes, dreams and optimism of fans like me. Former President Bill Clinton once said politics is about the future, and Cubs fans understand this truth. The Cubs have a 47-40 record with a .540 winning percentage at the turn toward the second half of the season. They seem... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel scores Riverwalk win

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must understand that Riverwalk progress is good politics. On one of the first warm June mornings Wednesday, I found people, pets and future business. West of the Magnificent Mile and at the north end of the Loop, Chicago long has needed new development. The full dream of Marina City more than... Read more »

#LETSGO Cubs, Rahm and Chicago

The #LETSGO Cubs hashtag may read a bit too honest for modern public relations, as in: “The aging baby boomer ‘LETS GO’ of his dream of a Cubs World Series.” The opening night fiasco did, however, highlight urgency of a different kind. The Cubs slick Facebook movie, of course, avoided the bathroom problem that others... Read more »

'Mr. Chicago' Cubs baseball legend Ernie Banks defined grace

The Sports Illustrated cover story on “Mr. Cub” and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Mr. Chicago” title fall short of the essence of why Ernie Banks was important. Yes, number 14 “was — and remains — the heart and soul of the Wrigley faithful,” as SI put it. Yes, the 512 homeruns, including 47 in 1958, were... Read more »

Let Chicago marketplace decide silly debate about early shopping

Lines were not too long to enter Macy’s Thanksgiving night door buster early start at the State Street store. Still, shoppers were out on this chilly evening, and Old Navy was already open in the 5 p.m. hour. There is a silly debate about whether or not stores should be opening Thanksgiving night to get... Read more »

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne "took on the big boys and won"

Mayoral candidate Jane Byrne was at the corner of State and Madison campaigning the day after Thanksgiving 1978 when I first met her. I was there to do the traditional shopping story for my college radio station, WPGU-FM in Urbana-Champaign. She, of course, was shaking every hand that would accept in search of votes. Our... Read more »

Chicago hosted a world-class social media spectacle

The Discovery Channel Nik Wallenda skywalk at Marina City not only created a downtown Chicago and cable television buzz. It also lit up Twitter. Among the trending hashtags in Chicago were #WallendaWalk, #NikWallenda and #skyscrapperlive (sic). In the more than 90 minutes of anticipation leading up to the first walk, some grew tired watching multiple... Read more »

Nik Wallenda and the daredevil in all of us

In a few hours, “daredevil” Nik Wallenda performs his high wire Discovery television act over the Chicago River. He has said the tall buildings do not “freak” or “stress” him. He is instead “excited” to fulfill a dream. Crowds will look up and on TV – attracted by the danger. Discovery, we are told, will... Read more »