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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 »

Alabama’s special election highlights, Republicans, and Democrats need to clean up our acts

Alabama’s special election highlights, Republicans, and Democrats need to clean up our acts
Doug Jones won a stunning victory last Tuesday. American elections are too often free-for-all affairs. Senator-elect Jones won using a campaign that focused on issues. He conducted himself with dignity and honor. Those two qualities along with his gracious demeanor are refreshing changes in our national debates. I hope Washington does not change him. Instead,... Read more »

America’s gathering storm

America’s gathering storm
I’m from the American Midwest. During the heat of our humid summers, we often see storms gather across our vast prairie. So flat one can see for nearly forever, we see them in the distance as they grow into monsters that charge across the plain in horrible fury. We go about our business, but we... Read more »
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The GOP sinks to a new low with Graham-Cassidy

The GOP sinks to a new low with Graham-Cassidy
A year ago, last June I quit the GOP on principle. I thought they had sunk to the lowest level possible for a party to sink. I was wrong. With the advent of Graham-Cassidy, they have now hit a new low. It is a low so low that it was inconceivable until it happened. The... Read more »

A horrified America awaits Donald Trump’s UN speech

A horrified America awaits Donald Trump’s UN speech
It is not a question of whether Donald Trump will humiliate himself at the UN later today. The only question now is how embarrassing will his speech be? As an American, let me apologize to our allies and trading partners in advance for whatever rolls out of that clown’s mouth. He doesn’t represent the views... Read more »

Hurricane Donald crashes through the debt ceiling debate

Hurricane Donald crashes through the debt ceiling debate
President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) teamed up to screw the GOP in Congress yesterday. Here’s the thumbnail of the deal President Trump jumped at. The Pelosi-Schumer plan will combine Hurricane Harvey relief funding with extending the debt limit and funding the government as a continuing... Read more »
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A convenient hurricane

A convenient hurricane
For Donald Trump, the approach of Hurricane Irma is a fortuitous event. The fact it is flattening his estate on St. Martin as I type these words, and might be headed to his Florida Properties is not such bad news for the President of the United States. In fact, it might be enough to make... Read more »