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... Read the full story »
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... Read the full story »
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... Read the full story »