Category: Opinion

If I had 600 million dollars: Ten things to do when I win.

600 million dollars. That’s how much the Powerball lottery is worth as I write this, the evening before the winning numbers are announced. What would you do with 600 million dollars? Have you thought about it? I have. Now, the likelihood of winning the lottery is something like one in a gazillion trillion billion. I... Read more »

Medical marijuana bill passes Illinois Senate, Women thrown under bus during debate

The Illinois Senate voted today to pass a bill allowing the sale of medical marijuana. Already passed by the House, it now heads to Governor Quinn for signing. I’m in favor of of this bill. It sets tight controls but allows for a drug that has been proven to help many chronic and terminally ill... Read more »

Book banning and censorship in Glen Ellyn school: A Mother's Day thank you

As I sat down to write a column about Mother’s Day, I noticed a news story about a nearby school district which recently banned “Perks Of Being A Wallflower” from its junior high school. In a 4-2 vote, school board members of Glen Ellyn School District 41 voted to reject a reconsideration committee’s recommendation to... Read more »
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Is Plan B over the counter contraception for teenagers a good idea?

Today the FDA approved the emergency contraception Plan B One-Step without a prescription for women ages 15 and older. Plan B is a one time, one dose oral contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy if taken up to three days after unprotected sex. The pharmaceutical company Teva, maker of Plan B, originally applied for the drug... Read more »

Rachel Shteir to Chicago: You blow. Windy City to Shteir: You suck

By now, most Chicagoans have heard (if not read) of DePaul professor Rachel Shteir‘s recent scathing criticism of Chicago in a book review she wrote for the New York Times. You can read the entire review here, but her ivory tower complaints about Chicago can be reduced to the more basic phrase: Chicago sucks. And... Read more »

The Greening of Chicago: Spring has sprung!

This week, the last week of April, is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I start counting down to it in October as the leaves fall and the world slowly turns from red and orange to brown and grey. By February, when snow covers the ground and it can be so cold it... Read more »
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Stacking the deck of the DuPage County Regional Board of Trustees: The DuPage Brief

In the movie The Pelican Brief, an oil tycoon has two Supreme Court Justices murdered in the hope that new justices will be appointed who are more friendly to his court case, which is currently winding its way through the appellate courts. While no one is getting bumped off here in DuPage County, the DuPage... Read more »

Six Month Old Baby Murdered In Chicago: A Rant

Six Month Old Baby Murdered In Chicago: A Rant
Lately, everything seems to make me angry. I’m fed up with the idiocy of humanity and the lowest common denominator mentality that seems to dominate our society. Maybe it’s my age or my stage in life but everything I think sounds suspiciously like “Get off my damn lawn!” I learned long ago to muddle through... Read more »

Despite what Chicagoans think, living in the suburbs won't kill you. Yet.

Despite what Chicagoans think, living in the suburbs won't kill you. Yet.
“I used to live in Chicago” an acquaintance once explained to me, as if having previously lived in Chicago she was exempt from the mundane details of cooperative suburban living. It was said with a thinly veiled tone of superiority implying that her former zip code conferred upon her some sort of special status. I... Read more »
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Family calendars chronicle our lives

Family calendars chronicle our lives
I have a calendar on my kitchen wall that tells the story of my life better than any journal ever could. It is one of those Month-At-A-Glance paper behemoths, the kind you used to see on desk tops in offices, used for a blotter as much as a calendar. Just like the rolodex, it’s been... Read more »