[ • 19 Jan 2018 • One Comment]
Mike Houlihan, the long time chronicler of all-things Chicago, Irish and Political (and the mix of all the above) has written “Nothing’s on the Square” a short account of the last mayoral election in Chicago, pitting Jesus “Chuy” Garcia against Rahm Emanuel in a contest between two very different (while both being left wing) Democrats for control of Chicago’s executive office.   Mike as “Houli” is one of those Chicago guys who can get away with...

Read the full story »
[ • 18 Jan 2018 • 2 Comments]
Several times during 2017 Donald Trump was asked if he would agree to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the investigation into Russian meddling–and each time he answered affirmatively. Yes, “100 percent” said he.      Last week, arguably the worst of his presidency, he flipped, giving  the weirdest excuse: “There was no collusion. Nobody’s found any collusion,” so an interview would be “unlikely.”     Imagine some criminal...

Read the full story »
[ • 15 Jan 2018 • 3 Comments]
Jerry Seinfeld joked that his TV series was “a show about nothing.” One might say Bruce Rauner’s term is “an administration about nothing.” Rauner acknowledged as much when he said, “I am not in charge.” And now, Rauner wants the voters to renew his show about nothing. He is asking us to re-elect a man who is not in charge. As we prepare for the 2018 gubernatorial race, only thing is certain. We are in big trouble. That is hardly news. We’ve been on that fast track for years. The...

Read the full story »

Featured, Headline »

[ • 14 Jan 2018 • No Comment ]
“The endorsement of the Wheeling Township Republican Organization is a game-changer.” January 13, 2018 – Grassroots support for Jeanne Ives’ gubernatorial bid continues to grow. Today, she adds the backing of the Wheeling Township Republican Organization (WTRO). Ninety percent (90%) of WTRO’s precinct captains voted to endorse Ives over incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. Wheeling Township is a Republican stronghold. In 2014, more Republican primary votes were cast in Wheeling...


Read the full story »

Featured, Headline »

[ • 11 Jan 2018 • No Comment ]
Because of his previous occupation as host of a “reality show” and his alleged admonition to staff that every day should be seen as a new episode that he wins, he is sometimes talked of as the reality-show president. This might apply  if you recall some of those on-camera, chair-throwing battles on shows hosted by such notables as Geraldo Rivera and Morton Downey Jr.    I,  however, have a different take. I see this presidency as one of my favorite genre films, the caper movie....


Read the full story »

Featured, Headline »

[ • 11 Jan 2018 • No Comment ]
In a major upset, the Central Committee of the Chicago Republican Party voted 17 to 3 with 2 abstentions to back conservative challenger State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) over incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner. The vote took place Wednesday evening at a general meeting of the city’s Republican ward committeemen. Read more in the Illinois Review image William Hale Thompson, last Republican Mayor of Chicago
Read the full story »

Featured, Headline »

[ • 10 Jan 2018 • No Comment ]
For nearly 40 years, Milt Rosenberg was the smartest man on the radio. As host of “Extension 720,” the University of Chicago psychology professor presided over a two-hour nightly meeting of the minds on Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN AM 720.The program attracted a national following by virtue of WGN’s powerful signal at night and later reached a worldwide audience through multiple digital platforms. Milton J. Rosenberg died Tuesday of pneumonia and its complications after entering the...


Read the full story »

Chicago, Featured, Headline »

[ • 8 Jan 2018 • One Comment ]
Barack Obama may be the pride of University of Chicago, but a lot of heavy hitters there are strongly opposing current plans for his library. More than 100 U of C faculty members who say they support the location of an Obama Center near the campus nevertheless are opposing plans for it on economic and preservation grounds. They say the center’s proposed location lacks room to jump-start economic development, and its footprint will consume parts of historic Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance....


Read the full story »

Featured, Headline »

[ • 5 Jan 2018 • No Comment ]
Among the traditional year-end look-backs, dictionaries and other word watchers have been identifying a “word of the year.” Some choose new, made-up words, other select on the basis of widespread usage. Oxford Dictionaries nominated the unlikely “youthquake.” Dictionaries.com selected “complicit,” quite on target, as was Merriam-Webster’s choice, “feminism”–an oldie but goodie.   I, being more verbose, have selected seven, primarily political,...


Read the full story »