Chasity Wells-Armstrong is bad for the city of Kankakee

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong photo credit: City of Kankakee Website Four years ago, I was Chasity Wells-Armstrong’s biggest supporter. For ten days before the election, I hammered the former Mayor, Nina Epstein, supporting Chasity. In my column in Chicago Now, I posted a series of glowing articles about what her administration’s new era would bring to... Read more »

The Mayor’s race in Bradley, IL, is textbook dirty pool

The two major candidates, Ms. Lori Gadbois (L), and Mike Watson (R) “Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth.”― DaShanne Stokes People in power lying to the public stretches back to prehistory. For the past fifty-years, platforms based on hopes have given way to campaigns built on the foundation of... Read more »

Mayor for rent, cheap

Interim Mayor Mike Watson, photo credit Village of Bradley website The Puppet, Pixabay Images Illinois has a well-earned reputation for sleazy politics. We had a good run of Governors going to prison for corruption. The standard joke with Gubernatorial Candidates was to ask them, “who do you hope to draw as a prosecutor?” Unfortunately for... Read more »
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Are Bradley, Illinois voters getting the truth in the mayoral race?

It is one thing for political candidates to tell little white lies or take liberties with facts. It is quite another thing when the truth is nowhere in sight. Today is part one of a three-part series that could have come from Meredith Wilson’s 1962 hit, “The Music Man,” starring Robert Preston, a yarn about... Read more »

Aren’t newspapers supposed to expose corruption?

Aren’t newspapers supposed to expose corruption?
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article published in Chicago Now titled, “Don’t let the presses stop,” featuring a young reporter, David Giuliani, who stood up to a local Mayor. You can read the article here. Hired as a watchdog by the Daily Journal, David is a thorough investigative journalist, a good writer,... Read more »

What's the greatest threat to America?

What's the greatest threat to America?
Sadly, in America we live in the culture of hate-based politics. It is not new. Hatred in politics is as old as Plato. The internet has taken it to new levels. We used to put the hate aside to work on issues as a nation. Revenge, rather than finding conservative or liberal answers to society’s... Read more »
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The ongoing fantasy of a new major airport for Chicago is making the rounds

The ongoing fantasy of a new major airport for Chicago is making the rounds
Between Peotone and Beecher Illinois lays the start of the Corn Belt. The fertile loamy soil is part of the breadbasket of the world. Corn and soybeans grow in the black earth unlike anywhere else on the planet. Family farms are the backbone of the small, tight-knit communities that dot the prairie. Governor J. B.... Read more »

What's the payoff for taxpayers of poor cities when city officials frequently attend expensive conferences?

What's the payoff for taxpayers of poor cities when city officials frequently attend expensive conferences?
Chicago is a prosperous city. It is home to one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. Iconic buildings that frame the shoulders of a world-class city stand as monuments to success and wealth. Chicago frames the world image of the State of Illinois. If a political candidate wins the vote in Cook and... Read more »

Will an election fix America?

Will an election fix America?
America, we need to wake up. We’re taking our political passions too far. For the first time in my life, I am afraid of my Nation. Nine days ago, eleven people were murdered at a Pittsburgh synagogue while praying, and I see no resolve from the Government, or either political party to fight the hate... Read more »
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gives the green light to corruption

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gives the green light to corruption
Four years ago, I met Bruce Rauner at the opening of his campaign office in Illinois. He regaled me with dreams of how Illinois could be if he were just governor. He was a billionaire dealmaker and knew how to bring in new business. One of his most moving speeches was about how he would... Read more »