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[11 Aug 2018 | 2 Comments | ]

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Longtime political and anti-violence activist Hal Baskin was found dead by his family Friday morning in his Englewood home, according to the Englewood Political Task Force.
Baskin, 66, was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. Friday in his Englewood home, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office and Darryl Smith, a member of the task force.
Baskin was a former gang member who became a community organizer and at one point ran for alderman. U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Chicago, described Baskin as a passionate leader who kept him connected to …

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[24 Jul 2018 | No Comment | ]

Ater often-passionate public appeals at the Evanston City Council meeting Monday night, Evanston aldermen voted to move forward with demolition of a historic lakefront mansion by partnering with a local group that has offered to pay for the deconstruction.
Aldermen voted 5-3 to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Evanston Lakehouse Dunes, a group of neighbors that has offered to to pay for the removal of the 91-year old Harley Clarke Mansion and restore the grounds.

Nicole Kustock, spokeswoman for the Evanston Lighthouse Dunes group, argued at the meeting that demolishing …

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[26 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

If you just read the Tribune headline, you might assume that a concealed carry holder was robbing someone and shot him during the robbery.

Reading the story, however, the reverse is true: “Concealed Carry Holder shoots robber”, is the accurate headline here that the Tribune flubs.

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[29 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

A three-term lawmaker from Wheaton said Saturday that she has begun circulating candidacy petitions to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary.

Rep. Jeanne Ives, who has been weighing whether to make the race for weeks, also selected as her running mate a little-known former one-term lawmaker. Richard Morthland of Cordova is now a Rock Island County Board member after serving in the Illinois House from 2011 to 2013. He was defeated for re-election by Democratic Rep. Mike Smiddy of Hillsdale.
Ives said she does not plan on making a formal …

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[19 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Mayor Bloomberg funding $2 million of ads backing Cook County Soda Tax

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[15 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

“I recognize that First Amendment issues come into play, but let’s test those limits,” he wrote. “Lives are at stake.”

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image Angry Mob testing the First Amendment destroying warehouse associated with abolitionist newspaperman Elijah Parish Lovejoy in Alton Illinois in 1837

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[27 Jan 2017 | One Comment | ]

“Everyone seems to be mourning your exit from office,” Amy wrote in the lengthy screed, posted on her mom Patti’s Facebook page. “I’m glad you’re gone. I’m not delusional — you’re not a saint. You were a mediocre president with unoriginal ideas.”

“I thought you would finally right this wrong,” she told Obama. “You didn’t have to pardon him, only commute the sentence. You just had to let him come home. You didn’t. You released others, like Chelsea Manning or FALN terrorists, who actually committed reprehensible crimes, but you failed to …

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[11 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]
Washington Post Op Ed: Irresponsible People are Not Responsible for their own Irresponsiblity

However, responsible fatherhood only goes so far in a world plagued by institutionalized oppression. For black children, the presence of fathers would not alter racist drug laws, prosecutorial protection of police officers who kill, mass school closures or the poisoning of their water. By focusing on the supposed absence of black fathers, we allow ourselves to pretend this oppression is not real, while also further scapegoating black men for America’s societal ills.

(T)here are other problems with romanticizing the family structure. Black nuclear families have been torn apart since the days …

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[28 Dec 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

If Democrats want to recapture their old self-image as “the people’s party,” their political self-examination will have to go deeper than strategy and further back than millennials can remember. The party’s alienation from the white working class began in the streets of Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. There, antiwar protesters and activists for a host of countercultural causes fought the police of Mayor Richard J. Daley while the nation watched on television:
“The kids and their supporters saw the mayor and the cops as authoritarian, ignorant, violent bigots. The …

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[1 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Recently released hacked emails from 2014 and 2015 show just how deeply wounded the Clinton campaign has been by Axelrod’s comments.

Calling him a “headache” who needed to be “neutralized,” Clinton aides even attempted to psychoanalyze Axelrod, suggesting he was finding it “frustrating” that he had not received an appropriate level of public acclaim for helping to elect Obama.
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