[ • 26 Jul 2016 • No Comment]
People, I am greatly relieved. Ever since he got into the presidential race, (to plagiarize myself)  I wrote “this clown is dangerous.” I feared a Donald Trump victory, however unlikely, would lead us into a more xenophobic, racist, authoritarian society whose main beneficiaries would be the 1 percent, maybe even the .01 percent of which he claims to be a part. Little did I know that he–and he alone–can solve all our problems, domestic and international, right after taking...

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[ • 21 Jul 2016 • One Comment]
Here’s a multiple-choice question: If you are one of 110 elected Democratic legislators in Springfield, 71 in the House and 39 in the Senate, to whom are you subservient and from whom do you take your orders? (a) House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. (b) Legislative staff. (c) Political campaign staff. (d) The Democratic Party of Illinois. (e) Your constituents. (f) None of the Above. If you answered (a), (c) or (d), you are a shrewd observer of the Illinois political...

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[ • 19 Jul 2016 • No Comment ]
The only words you are likely to hear more often than “Hillary’s e-mails” during this week’s Republican Convention are “Islamic extremism“ and “Islamic terrorism.” Undoubtedly they will be linked causally to Barack Obama and many remedies will be offered, all applause-getting but none useful.   The tragedy in Nice has accelerated all the fears and frustrations of Americans as well as the French because there has been no clear, workable strategy...


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[ • 13 Jul 2016 • One Comment ]
Schakowsky recalled her long friendship with Blagojevich, serving with him in the state Legislature from 1992 to 1996 and then later in Congress. “I found Rod to be a good man whose heart was in the right place — and despite his obvious mistakes — I still do.” She praised him for “his many progressive policies” including death penalty reform, health care for children, education funding “and, yes, ethics reform.” Read more in DNAinfo
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[ • 12 Jul 2016 • No Comment ]
It began last Monday when we mourned the death at 90 of a giant of political and public service, Abner Mikva, appropriately on July 4th, the same day Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died. We could easily devote this column or more to his remarkable career as an independent, progressive state legislator and congressman, highly respected jurist who became chief justice of the Washington, DC appellate court, then adviser to President Bill Clinton. Mikva could have rested on his laurels at the end...


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[ • 11 Jul 2016 • One Comment ]
Two $100,000 contributions to St. Sabina were listed on the Lucas foundation’s 2014 federal tax returns, the most recent publicly available records on spending by the $1 billion group that’s based in San Rafael, California. The woman who answered the phone Tuesday at the number on the foundation’s tax return said I’d reached the accountant’s office and she could only refer callers to a P.O. Box number. Pfleger says Lucas has given his church more money since 2014. He wouldn’t say how...


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[ • 10 Jul 2016 • No Comment ]
Allen said she was concerned that the deaths of the officers may distract from a much needed national conversation about police brutality and its effect on the black community. She and Nabors both strongly condemned the killings of the Dallas officers. Nabors’ father, Rev. Micheal Nabors of Evanston’s Second Baptist Church, who spoke at the rally, echoed their sentiments. “We sympathize with the police officers killed in Dallas but the narrative is about black lives,” he...


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[ • 9 Jul 2016 • No Comment ]
From Fr. Michael Pfleger Dr. King warned America that the Cup of Endurance would run over,” his post began. “You can’t keep masses of folks in Poverty, Unemployment, Incarceration and in Communities looking like 3rd World Countries. The Shooting, Murder and disrespect of Law Enforcement is really not a surprise, they are the enforcer of America’s Injustice….but Dr. King also warned us that our fight must not be in the lowest form, using violence….WE must use our...


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