[ • 18 Jan 2018 • One Comment]
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...

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[ • 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...

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[ • 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...

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[ • 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....


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[ • 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
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[ • 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...


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[ • 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....


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[ • 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,...


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[ • 28 Dec 2017 • No Comment ]
CHICAGO–Add to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s costly problems with his still unreformed police department and a school system now with its fourth CEO in  seven years, the Office of the Corporation Counsel–his law department–has been riddled with a series of unethical and boneheaded actions that make you wonder how some of its lawyers got out of school.  (If, that is, all their misdeeds were unintentional.)     Recently they had to withdraw a cruel suit against the estate of...


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