Somebody call 9-1-1, I'm getting gored by Rahm (again)

As I predicted in my blog post of August 13, if you live in Chicago your phone taxes are going up again. Mayor Emmanuel announced earlier this week that his 2018 budget includes a $1.10 per-phone-line tax increase, ostensibly to support 9-1-1 emergency services but in reality to feed the Laborers Pension Fund, according to... Read more »

What Do I Believe?

What Do I Believe?
So, yeah, after the election, you know THE election, Jimmy Greenfield came up with this great idea to set aside some space for us bloggers who wanted to write on more political matters, but felt it didn’t quite mesh with our other blogs. Perfect! I thought and I asked Jimmy to put me in the... Read more »

"Taps" for soda tax may herald birth of new movement

Glug-glug-glug, belch, ahhh! Oh excuse me, that was just me enjoying a can of pop. Or that will be me on December 1st, once the short-lived Cook County “soda” tax becomes history. But we don’t have to wait until December 1 to enjoy the sweet sound of no more pro and anti-tax commercials, the former... Read more »
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Why I can't just ignore Smokers And Homosexuals Guy anymore

Today, that hateful preacher all Chicagoans know was half a block south of his usual post. He haunted Express, not the Spirit Halloween Store. Yet, his black suit was the same, almost crisp but a little too big for his bony frame. His accoutrements were the same: a small sheaf of papers in one hand,... Read more »

Toni and Co. underestimated pushback on soda tax, and now its days may be numbered

So the Cook County soda tax saga goes on. Retailers continue to gripe and polls show the tax remains as popular with the public as a guy who just ate a garlic sandwich on a crowded elevator. The problem with the soda tax is that it’s not really a “soda” tax. If it were, then there... Read more »

"The Reagan Show": Our Path to Trump Started Here

"The Reagan Show": Our Path to Trump Started Here
“Make America great again.” Though that phrase is now best known as Donald Trump’s rallying cry as he plunges to new depths of incompetent leadership, CNN’s documentary The Reagan Show reminds us where it came from – Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign. By any reasonable measure, from international diplomacy to dealings with the press, Reagan... Read more »
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Illinois postpartum law will be the first in the nation! Call your state senator!

UPDATE, JANUARY 8, 2018: Governor Rauner signed HB 1764 into law. With his signature, Illinois has made history. The new law, now PA 100-0574, is the first in the nation to recognize postpartum illnesses as a mitigating factor in sentencing for crimes committed when women are suffering from postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.  UPDATE, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9,... Read more »

Trump Gave Classified Information to Russians: No Outrage?

So, what is the last straw? Today, CNN reported that during his secret meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump divulged highly classified information to the Russians. The U.S media was barred from the meeting, but... Read more »

Scott Pruitt killing the EPA is bad for all of us

Scott Pruitt killing the EPA is bad for all of us
In January of this year, in one of the many (I’m starting to hate this word) “unprecedented” actions by the Trump administration, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as administrator of the EPA. Unprecedented, because Pruitt himself has a history of suing the EPA at least 14 times, and now he’s running it? Only if that means running... Read more »
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What we learned from today's hearing about Trump and Russia

What we learned from today's hearing about Trump and Russia
Starting this morning and lasting well into the afternoon, FBI Director James Comey and NSA director Admiral Michael Rogers appeared before the House Intelligence Committee to answer questions from committee members about Donald Trump’s allegations that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in 2016 and about all of the media coverage and speculation surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia... Read more »