[ • 13 Nov 2018 • One Comment]
The most potent organizing force for Democrats’ success in the midterms was obviously Donald Trump, who inspired hundreds of thousands of previously uninvolved people to organize and vote–against him via his congressional stooges.     Granted there was much to mourn last Tuesday, but, on balance, the glass is more than half full.  A good deal  of the credit goes to the largely unsung newly organized groups of the Resistance.  Operating under the rubrics of Indivisible, Women’s...

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[ • 7 Nov 2018 • No Comment]
How much closer to Detroit or Puerto Rico must Illinois go before it reforms? That’s now the central question, and tonight we’ve learned we have much further to go. The primary culprits in Illinois’s collapse ran the field — Chicago machine Democrats retained firm control of both houses of the General Assembly and won every statewide office.  Congressional election results were just as dismal. Plenty of Republicans share blame. Bruce Rauner was a failure, deeply alienating even his base....

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[ • 5 Nov 2018 • No Comment]
Growth is determined by a perpetual tug-of-war between entrepreneurship and government redistribution. When President Obama was in office, we believed incredible technological innovation would allow for economic growth in spite of Obamacare, greater redistribution, higher taxes and increased regulatory burdens. We thought it would be a Plow Horse Economy, and that things would get better if we did not grow government so much. From mid-2009 through early 2017, real GDP grew at a 2.2% annual rate,...

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[ • 5 Nov 2018 • No Comment ]
In true Trumpian fashion,  mayoral candidate William “Bill” Daley gave two Chicago newspapers  two opposing opinions of his brother Richard’s most detested deed as mayor: virtually selling the city’s parking meter operations to a private firm for comparative peanuts then quickly blowing all the proceeds. The firm sent parking rates sky-high and now rakes in hundreds of millions.    In his first version, before entering the race, Bill defended the deal with a  strong...


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[ • 1 Nov 2018 • No Comment ]
A couple of weeks ago I was happily surfing on the expected “blue wave” that would deliver the House of Representatives back to the Democrats–and even had muted hopes for the Senate.  Reinforced by Nate Silver’s usually reliable predictions on 538, I foresaw something like 35 seats being flipped with the possibility of another 10 or 20 if the wave became a tsunami.    Now, a week from the midterms, I see signs on the horizon that could make it a closer race with the possibility–though...


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[ • 1 Nov 2018 • No Comment ]
If JB Pritzker is elected governor, and is indicted shortly after taking office for a crime he committed before becoming governor, it would not be the first time it happened in Illinois. The Inspector General said Pritzker’s act of tearing out the toilets in his Gold Coast mansion to make it “uninhabitable” and obtain a tax reduction of $330,000 was a “scheme to defraud” the county. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Fox said she will investigate to determine whether this was a crime. A...


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[ • 25 Oct 2018 • No Comment ]
Shortly after next month’s elections we celebrate the centennial of the signing of the armistice ending World War I.   On November 11, 1918 the “Central Powers”–Germany, Bulgaria, Austro-Hungary and the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire–surrendered to the allies led by France, Great Britain, Italy and the US.    That war and the Paris Peace Conference that followed are the most consequential, defining events of the 20th Century, shaping the geopolitical world we live...


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[ • 22 Oct 2018 • No Comment ]
It’s a problem that’s never been high on his agenda. “He’s been ambivalent, muddled on sex abuse. It’s not been at the top of his priority list, ever,” said Paul Vallely, a British journalist and author of Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism, a biography. Consider Chile. Nowhere has the pope tripped more than in Chile, which once had one of the highest percentages of Catholics in Latin America. Allegations there involve 167 Catholic officials and 178 victims so...


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[ • 20 Oct 2018 • No Comment ]
It’s hard to gripe with the general idea behind the Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF). The organization raises money to post bond for people who cannot afford to post their own while awaiting trial. But there seems to be a problem. One man who was freed by the fund while awaiting trial for attempted murder in North Center went on to be arrested four times in three months for battering and threatening people in Boystown. Despite being arrested repeatedly while on bond and even being ordered to...


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