Archive for July 2019

Courage in the Face of Death/ Chicago's Shame/ The Department of Spin or the Department Of Justice?

Courage in the Face of Death/ Chicago's Shame/ The Department of Spin or the Department Of Justice?
Chantell Grant and Andrea Stoudemire were shot to death Friday night while sitting on a porch on Chicago’s Southside. Victims of Chicago’s never-ending cycle of violence that has entire communities living in fear.  Most Chicagoans in recent times are sadly almost immune to the details of the daily slaughter.  Their death, however, deserves more than... Read more »

Home Land Security/ Evidently Chicago is not Home/ Resurrect the Clowns/ If the Shoe Fits

Home Land Security/ Evidently Chicago is not Home/ Resurrect the Clowns/ If the Shoe Fits
The Department of Homeland Security is a cabinet department of the United States Federal Government. Its responsibilities are Public Security. It was created in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. So far I know I’m not delivering any big news flash. However that “PUBLIC SECURITY” did jog something in my brain. The DHS... Read more »

Politics and the Chicago Police Board/A Jury of Their Peers/ Instead They got Jeers

The Chicago Police Board for those who are not familiar is a 9 member Board who are selected by the City’s mayor and with the advice and consent of the City Council are charged with hearing disciplinary cases brought against Chicago Police officers.  It’s pretty much a given that the mayor selects the people he... Read more »
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Making Sense of Non-sense/ Politics Above All/Chicago's Stale Style

Last week Toni Preckwinkle who is the President of the Cook County Board and loser to Mayor Lightfoot in the race to be  Chicago’s Mayor, sent a scathing letter to the Mayor condemning Chicago’s Police Superintendent. She accused the Top Cop of falsely blaming the Cook County Justice system of releasing criminals on low bonds... Read more »

A Distracted City/ Chicagos Very Own Godzilla/ Odds With No Ends

I must say that in the last week I was surprised at the amount of media coverage in Chicago that was given to the discovery of an Alligator in the  Humbolt Park Lagoon. Every media outlet feverishly reported Humbys every sighting. One would have thought Godzilla or even the Loch Ness monster had arrived in... Read more »

Hotel Cook County/Bring your Alibis/ Leave your gun/ You Won't Stay Long/Just Overnight

If one uses just a tad of imagination it would be easy to equate the Cook County Court System with the song by the Eagles “Hotel California.” I can clearly hear the voice of Don Henley, only with a slight twist “Welcome to hotel Cook County jail, such a lovely place, plenty of room any... Read more »
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When Mass Shootings Become The Norm/A City Under Siege While Celebrating Freedom From Tyranny.

Imagine a scene where you gather family and friends and decide to celebrate the 4th of July at Chicago’s Navy Pier for their annual fireworks show. Of course, thousands of other folks have also made the trip. At some point around 9 PM, members of Chicago’s street gangs started flashing gang signs at other groups... Read more »

A TALE OF TWO CITIES/THE BEAN AND THE BANGERS/ THE SPRAY OF PAINT VS THE SPRAY OF BULLETS

A TALE OF TWO CITIES/THE BEAN AND THE BANGERS/ THE SPRAY OF PAINT VS THE SPRAY OF BULLETS
Every once in a while for those who pay attention to such things, headlines do sometimes reveal just how divided the City of  Chicago is.  The segregation, of course, is part of our shameful past but being clueless also ranks high. Nothing was more revealing then Tuesday mornings headlines featured in the photo that accompanies... Read more »