[ • 2 Sep 2015 • No Comment]
Once an office goes black, it can never go back. Believe it or not, that’s the Law of the Land, at least for some offices. It’s called “non-retrogression.” Under the federal Voting Rights Act, once a black or Hispanic is elected to a legislative office – congressman, state legislator, county commissioner, alderman – the boundaries of that majority-minority district cannot be altered. And that means forever. “Non-retrogression” is also the unofficial policy of the Democratic Party...

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[ • 31 Aug 2015 • No Comment]
Now that the so-called “summer of Trump” is ending and the campaigns move into high gear after Labor Day, no matter which side you’re on you must share my absolute boredom with the clichés of the season–mouthed again and again by anchors, reporters and “expert” commentators alike. First and foremost, I would like to give a good swift kick in the vulnerable parts to the next talking head from Washington, Springfield, Chicago, New York or any other point on the...

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[ • 28 Aug 2015 • No Comment]
Testing by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the taxpayer-funded agency that handles Cook County’s sewage and stormwater, reveals high levels of bacteria from human waste at more than a dozen spots stretching through the North Side and downtown to the Bridgeport neighborhood. Levels of disease-causing germs routinely exceed state standards for recreational waterways, the testing shows. Muck and debris flushed into the river during rainstorms leave it teeming with pathogens in staggeringly...

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[ • 27 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
Former Chicago comptroller has been extradited from Pakistan to serve a 15-year prison sentence for a kickback scheme at the state treasurer’s office in Ohio, federal prosecutors say. Forty-year-old Amer Ahmad, Ohio’s former deputy treasurer, was extradited Wednesday and a court hearing was set for Friday in the case, prosecutors said in a news release. The Harvard-educated Ahmad, who worked for two Democratic treasurers in Ohio, then for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, pleaded guilty in...


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[ • 26 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
For decades, “Just Say No” has been the mantra of drug counselors.   Does anybody subscribe to the notion of “Just Say Yes”? Well, the Cook County Democratic Party does. Their mantra is “Just Say Aye,” as was aptly demonstrated at the Democrats’ Aug. 18-19 slatemaking session, where 80 elected Democratic committeemen – 50 from Chicago’s wards and 30 from the county’s suburban townships – did their duty, shouted “aye” when instructed, fulfilled all expectations, wasted two...


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[ • 25 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
A few months ago it was all so simple: the 2016 presidential candidates would be Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Jeb Bush for the GOP. Now there is cause for wonder–and perhaps some revisionist thinking. First, I have always warned against early polling, as any glance back at the 2012 Republican “frontrunners” shows: first Michelle Bachman, then Herman Cain, then Rick Santorum, on and on until the inevitable Mitt Romney grabbed the lead and held it through the nomination....


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[ • 21 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
A Chicago Police Board hearing shut down early after Black Lives Matter activists took control of the room, chanting and calling for the firing of Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012. “What if it was your son or your daughter?” the brother of the slain woman, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, asked the police board during the 7:30 p.m. hearing at police headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday night. The activists, who represented the #BlackLivesMatter...


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[ • 20 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
From The Hill Ending Iran’s nuclear threat and bringing it into the international community of law-abiding nations is one of the most pressing U.S. foreign policy objectives.  And so I was relieved and grateful to watch President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry work tirelessly over the past several months to achieve a diplomatic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. Regrettably, the Iran deal fails to meet these goals and raises the prospects for war. I cannot support a deal that reduces...


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[ • 19 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
The literalati of Chicago just had a bad day. An op-ed by the Tribune’s Kristen McQueary that called for something similar to Katrina to happen here understandably engorged people in New Orleans who didn’t like their tragedy becoming someone else’s metaphor, and, less understandably, readers here who believed she meant exactly what she said. Read more in the Chicago Reader Jim Bowman adds 1. Many of the objectors began overreacting as soon as they saw and read news accounts of...


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