[ • 24 Mar 2017 • One Comment]
Illinois Election Law provides for a complaint process, titled a D-4 to bring violations of the campaign disclosure act to the attention of the State Board of Elections.  A D-4 was filed today by lawyer Dan Kelley with the Illinois State Board of Elections representing Wilmette Resident Mark Weyermuller in a complaint against the ‘Wilmette Friends’ who are engaging in electioneering without registering as a political organization with the State of Illinois. Specifically, the complaint...

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[ • 22 Mar 2017 • No Comment]
Marty Maloney, the current acting mayor of northwest suburban Park Ridge, is over-worked, underpaid, unappreciated, unknown and, according to his April 4 opponent, Lucas Fuksa, is inept, devious, disingenuous, non-transparent and unaccountable. That’s a huge mouthful of negativity. The conundrum confronting Fuksa is simple: How do you convince voters to throw out an “acting” incumbent nobody knows, in an election where nobody cares? Maloney is “Mayor Nobody,” which makes attacking him...

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[ • 21 Mar 2017 • 2 Comments]
WARNING: This column contains Freudian language. The ascension and behavior of Donald Trump have given rise to a cottage industry of amateur and professional psychoanalysts who explain Trump along with the amateur and professional political analysts. None have examined him personally, but we hear terms such as “narcissist,” “pathological liar” and “sociopath” tossed around like dice on a craps table. All this calls to mind “What Makes Sammy Run?” a...

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[ • 15 Mar 2017 • No Comment ]
“I recognize that First Amendment issues come into play, but let’s test those limits,” he wrote. “Lives are at stake.” Read more in the Chicago Tribune image Angry Mob testing the First Amendment destroying warehouse associated with abolitionist newspaperman Elijah Parish Lovejoy in Alton Illinois in 1837
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[ • 14 Mar 2017 • No Comment ]
Trumpcare–the proposed, so-called replacement for the Affordable Care Act–is being exposed daily as a catastrophe, knocking another 15 million  or so people off the insurance rolls, increasing costs for folks 50 and older while giving millions in tax breaks to millionaires and their fellow one-percenters. Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman calls it “a sick joke of a health plan.” But while Trumpcare assaults us on the one hand, Trump’s policies his appointees are...


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[ • 9 Mar 2017 • No Comment ]
As Washington DC melts down, entrepreneurs keep moving, people keep working and spending; the economy keeps growing. The Federal Reserve keeps meeting and speaking, too, but now it appears they will actually act. Next week’s Fed meeting (March 15th) is going to be major news one way or another. Most analysts lean our way and now think the Fed will raise short-term interest rates by a quarter percentage point (25 basis points). We laid out the case two weeks ago (Time for a Rate Hike). If the...


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[ • 7 Mar 2017 • 3 Comments ]
Pop psychologists sometimes identify specialized guilty consciences, such as Jewish guilt, Catholic guilt, Freudian guilt and so on. Add to this impressive list a wave of Trumpian guilt, the main symptom of which is amnesia. (Trump’s delusional wiretap to one side.) We have now seen a string of Trumpians, ranging from the deplorable Michael Flynn to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to son-in-law-in-chief Jared Kushner, plus a few lesser lights, none of whom admitted they...


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[ • 7 Mar 2017 • 4 Comments ]
Democracy and contested elections aren’t very popular within the New Trier Caucus, But if you’re tired of high taxes and not thrilled with being told who you must vote for, this year promises to be different for voters looking for a more transparent and responsive government. For the 2017 election season, New Trier Township has some new candidates, Kathy Myalls, Bob Costello, and Stacey Woehrle, running as independents, who are upsetting the status quo of high taxes and big spending...


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[ • 3 Mar 2017 • One Comment ]
New Trier Seminar Supporter “My sense is that this day is overwhelmingly popular across political lines, and that the opposition, although clearly well organized and very vocal, is very small.” Superintendent Linda Yonke Yonke, asserting that while the district and administration has been getting a lot of phone calls and emails, the vast majority of them are supportive. “Of course I’ve heard from some people who disagree, but the communications I’ve received are overwhelmingly...


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