Feeding the poor. Or not.

I have never been a must-have-coffee-in-the-morning-before-I-kill-someone sort of person; my morning caffeine choice has always been diet coke. I prefer coffee in the late day; after a meal or for a sluggish 3pm pick-me-up. For some reason, however, I’ve slowly switched to wanting coffee when I wake up. I’ve taken to hitting McD’s drive-thru first... Read more »

Dennis Hastert: Former Speaker of the House, Coach, Teacher....Child Abuser?

Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House, has been indicted for trying to cover up cash withdrawals from the Feds, allegedly to pay blackmail for misconduct with a male over 30 years ago. Before he became a politician, Dennis Hastert worked for 17 years as a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School. He was,... Read more »

Downers Grove And DUI Arrests: The Numbers Don't Add Up

Downers Grove And DUI Arrests: The Numbers Don't Add Up
A recent, extensive Tribune investigation into municipal DUI prosecutions in DuPage discovered that defendants in Downers Grove are more likely to pay a fine – a hefty fine – and keep their license in a plea deal than if prosecuted by the county. According to the Tribune, The data show that towns charge far more... Read more »

Dear Hockey, I love you.

When I was young, there weren’t any hockey teams in the South, much less in Florida, where I grew up. (I’m not sure if there were any ice rinks in the South, for that matter.) There weren’t hockey games on the television; football is king in the South and the fall meant SEC rivalries, not... Read more »

Maureen Dowd ate pot and wrote about it in the New York Times. No, Really.

If you haven’t heard about Maureen Dowd’s Op-Ed for the New York Times about her recent pot experience, let me fill you in on the high points: Maureen goes to Colorado, gets a pot candy bar, eats the whole thing, has a bad trip, writes about the dangers of ingesting too much pot. Now, Ms.... Read more »

All politics is local, and in the 81st, local politics is nasty

In politics, nothing is sacred, not even- not especially- your voting record. True, only you know who you vote for in the privacy of the voting booth, but your voting history is public record. Which election you voted in and whether you pulled a Republican or Democrat ballot in a primary election is all recorded... Read more »

Keith Matune for 81st? Um....no.

I’ve lived in Downers Grove for 21 years, and I’ve watched community leaders come and go. Some have been good and some, well, not so much, and we’ve survived them all with our dignity and humor mostly intact. True, there’s always been a small group of residents who are more interested in spreading hate than... Read more »

The worst examples of corporate America screwing up on 9/11

The Bureau of Decency and Manners   September 11, 2013 To: Corporate America RE: Appropriate 9/11 Marketing   Dear Sirs, While we appreciate your desire to be part of the remembrance conversation on this day, we believe that you don’t seem to quite understand that terrible events in our nation’s history should not be commercialized... Read more »

Attorney General to investigate Village of Downers Grove for alleged FOIA, OMA violations

The Attorney General’s office has notified the Village of Downers Grove that it has “determined that further inquiry is warranted” on three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and one Open Meetings Act (OMA) requests for review made by this blogger on August 19.  Assistant Attorney General Shari West will be leading the investigation to determine... Read more »

Did Downers Grove Village Council Members violate the Open Meetings Act?

Illinois’ Open Meetings Act (OMA) is neither difficult to find online nor understand. It’s straightforward: With few exceptions, elected officials can’t deliberate public business in private. “In order that the people shall be informed, the General Assembly finds and declares that it is the intent of this Act to ensure that the actions of public... Read more »