Category: Illinois Government

Michigan Avenue Mob Escalation

A large group of teenagers descend on downtown Chicago on a warm weekend evening, causing havoc for about an hour. A few people are pushed and shoved, traffic is disrupted and a few misdemeanor crimes take place. City residents shrug it off as just another “wilding” or “flash mob.” Tourists are significantly more alarmed and... Read more »

CTU to Blame for CPS School Closings

The Chicago Teachers Union is directly responsible for the closing of about 50 Chicago elementary schools announced today. When the CTU handily defeated Mayor Emanuel and his negotiators in September, they protected their member’s from the CPS fiscal squeeze at the expense of the schools themselves and the families who attend them. CTU negotiators knew... Read more »

Scorecard of the 2012 Presidential Election

All the votes have not yet been counted and certified from the 2012 Presidential campaign. However, we know who the winner is and the post-election analysis is nearly complete. Before we all forget the election ever took place, I want to make sure we dive into some data to learn a few political lessons from... Read more »

You Missed the Biggest Story of the 2012 Election

Democrats now have unrestricted power in the State of Illinois. Going into last night, Illinois’s governor was already a Democrat. So was our Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Democratic Party also had a 35 – 24 majority in the IL State Senate and a 64 – 54 majority in the IL... Read more »

Election Day Storylines

People love voting for President. It is the one campaign that every voter in America gets to weigh in on. However, all politics is still local. With that memorable phrase in mind, I take a moment to look at the other story lines worth watching on Tuesday night: 1) The U.S. House of Representatives Most politicos agree... Read more »

CTU's Fantasy Plan

A commenter on a previous post pointed out to me that the Chicago Teachers Union released a document in February 2012 listing their plan for improving Chicago Public Schools. Since I was the one who lambasted the CTU for not releasing a plan of their own, I was very curious to read the contents of... Read more »

Chicago Young Republicans Parody "Call Me Maybe"

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“Call Me Maybe” AKA “The CYRs Are Calling, Baby” Lyrics: I cast my vote in the booth, Hoping and praying for truth But Obama took it all And now he’s in my way I’d trade my soul for a job, Pennies and dimes all I got I never asked for all this And now he’s... Read more »

Chicago's Slow Burning Financial Crisis

Give Mayor Emanuel some credit. He did more in one year to improve Chicago’s city budget position than former mayor Richard Daley did in the previous decade and a half. However, all Emanuel’s tax/fee increases, layoffs and reorganizations of city departments have still left the city with a $369 million deficit in the 2013 budget.... Read more »

Liberty, Responsibility and Guns

Every law abiding American citizen has the right to own firearms. This basic right is engraved into our society through the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”... Read more »

Supreme Court Obamacare dissenters nailed it

How could you do it, Johnny!? Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts went out of his way and against common sense judicial logic to side with liberal-minded justices in upholding the insurance mandate portion of Obamacare. The Chief Justice spent several pages in his written decision explaining in great detail how the mandate violates the... Read more »