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[18 Oct 2019 | No Comment | ]

So long, Illinois. Goodbye, Chicago.
Here, I was born and raised. Schooled and worked. Practically my entire life has unfolded in Chicago and close by.

As a kid, I rode on Chicago street cars and the wooden “L” cars before there was a CTA. Took the old North Shore Line to high school and college. Flew out of Midway Airport when it was the nation’s busiest and before there was an O’Hare. Caddied in Northfield and labored over a North Avenue knitting mill’s steam table. I’ve worked for three Chicago daily newspapers. …

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[29 Mar 2019 | No Comment | ]

There’s always the possibility of federal charges will be pursued against Smollett for the alleged threatening letter to himself, in possible violation of federal laws. But that doesn’t right the wrong of the dismissal of the local charges against Smollett in the present case.
What’s at stake is the integrity of Cook County and the state of Illinois criminal justice system

So, is it too much to hope that the Smollett case has focused such a withering national and global spotlight on the Chicago Way that the Machine pols will have to …