Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewksi, State Representative for the 23rd district, is spearheading the initiatives to get sports gambling legalized in the state. If it all works out and goes according to plan, with no unforeseen hurdles along the way, legal sports gaming could be here by early 2020. That's right you could bet the Super Bowl on any number of legal betting sites in the state. Zalewski is working with state Rep. Bob Rita to lead House discussions on this issue.
The process began at the same time that March Madness/the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest and most lucrative sports wagering events of the calendar, began. We had a telephone exclusive with Zalewski, and you can hear that conversation below:
“Well, it’s not like it could save the Earth or anything…”
…Actually, it might. Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, will most likely become the next member of Trump’s cabinet to lose his job. It’s a cabinet in chaos, embroiled in scandal, with Pruitt’s performance just as chaotic and scandalous any any Trump appointee.
There are multiple reports indicating that Scott Pruitt and his allies are rallying to try and save his job because they all know that his time is running out. The only EPA Administrator who could honestly be worse than Pruitt was Russ Cargill, The Simpsons movie villain, and he’s not even real...
Gun sense, gun reform, gun control, whichever term you prefer to use, this is the primary issue in America right now
. We currently find ourselves in an extremely pivotal moment regarding this debate, and it appears a tipping point could be coming. Amidst this potential sea change, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif)
and Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr will lead a town hall style discussion on gun violence in America
with high school students from seven different schools across California's 17th district.
Gun violence is an issue that definitely hits home for Kerr, as he was just 18 when his father, former President of the American University of Beirut Malcolm Kerr, was assassinated by gunmen in January 1984.
The event, which is expected to be attended by 2,000 people, will take place at Newark Memorial High School in the events center starting at 3:45pm PT
on Monday, 3/12. It will also be live-streamed on Rep. Khanna’s official Facebook page
Khanna granted us an exclusive interview ahead of the event, and you can listen to audio of that below...
Since an overwhelming majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and our politicians in power (allegedly) work for the people, what stands in our way of finally bringing gun sense? The general answer comes to two parts, with every detail adhering to one of the two categories.
Today we look at the cultural or macro level obstacles that stand in the way. Later, in part two, we’ll explore the policy or micro level issues that halt change for the better.
Traditionally, there has always been a very wide enthusiasm gap between the gun fetishists and gun sense groups of people. The National Rifle Association leadership, not the everyday members of the group, but the people running the NRA have done an astounding job of redefining what the second amendment and gun ownership really means.
Since the adults in the room, in every single room it seems, will do nothing but dawdle, the younger generation will step up and take the lead in the fight for gun control. In the wake of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida, American youth are shattering the widely held stereotypes of millenials in the political arena.
Yesterday Emma Gonzalez just completely destroyed every tired cliche endlessly regurgitated by Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and every other politician in the pocket of the Gun lobby.
You know the drill after every mass shooting- “it’s too early to have a gun control discussion.” That’s what we always hear from the NRA bought GOP congressional leadership in the wake of all mass shootings. Guess what guys?
It’s NOT up to you. It’s up to the survivors, and they tell us when it’s time to talk sensible gun legislation. Gonzalez, and the rest of the Parkland survivors say that it's right now.
The Congressional approach to gun control mirrors the parenting method of Ned Flanders’ beatnik mother:
“we tried nothing, and we’re all out of ideas.”
Of course, it’s nothing by design because so many of our most powerful leaders in Washington are beholden to the National Rifle Association, from whom they receive much of their campaign funding. In fact, the NRA donated $5.8 million to Republican candidates, and just $100,000 to Democrats. Right now, in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida which took 17 lives, it’s time to both think about how to change the status quo, and take action to help make it happen.
This mass shooting feels different than all the previous senseless disasters. This time, it feels like the enthusiasm gap between the NRA agenda and the rest of us who believe in common sense gun regulation is finally closing.
The election of candidates like Donald Trump opened the door for candidates like Roy Moore to win primaries and run in the general election on a national stage. Roy Moore has opened the door for Arthur Jones, a bonafide, full-blown Holocaust denying former member of the American neo-Nazi party who wants to be Congressman of Illinois' third district.
It's a district that encompasses parts of the city of Chicago, as well as several southwestern suburbs. The 70-year-old Jones will run unopposed in the Republican primary March 20th, and will likely then face off against the favorite on the Democratic side, incumbent Dan Lipinski in the November general election. Lipinski, in power since 2005, is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, the more conservative wing of the Democratic Party.
Friday marked the 32nd anniversary of Dave Duerson and the Chicago Bears winning Super Bowl XX. On the previous day, the Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a legislation that would end organized tackle football for youth under age 12 was unveiled.
The bill's sponsor, State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills), was joined by a coalition of football stars, medical experts and advocates at the Thompson Center on Thursday to brief the media on the bill's content and its goals. The introduction of this legislation coincided with both the start of the Illinois General Assembly's 2018 legislative session, and the run-up to Super Bowl LII...
Without a doubt, the most memorable and powerful portion of today's press conference announcing the filing of the Duerson Act was when Mike Adamle took to the podium. The former Chicago Bears and Northwestern Wildcats running back, was a television broadcaster in Chicago for over three decades, until a 2016 diagnosis of CTE-induced dementia forced his retirement from television.
Adamle, through his time at WLS channel 7 (ABC) from 1983-89, WBBM channel 2 (CBS) 2001-04 and WMAQ channel 5 (1998-2001, 2004-2016) has become extremely familiar to most Chicagoans.
During today's press conference, Adamle certainly did not hold back, and gave new meaning to the phrase wearing your heart on your sleeve...
Chicago Booth Economic Outlook #BoothEO provided a thoroughly informative session that covered many of the most important and pressing financial and economic issues of the day. A multitude of topics were covered, including the recent tax cut bill, what effect a Donald Trump impeachment would have on the stock market, the bitcoin/cryptocurrency craze and much much more.
It was moderated by CNBC anchor/reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who is certainly no moderate when it comes to her political and economic views. She's unabashed about her devotion to the so-called "free market," as she mentioned during the session that her book is dedicated to to Milton Friedman.