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[ • 3 Apr 2018 • One Comment ]
If you missed my column last week it was because I was away visiting son and family in Seattle–but what an amazing week to have been off, beginning with the Illinois primary election, wherein Cook County voters dumped Assessor Joe Berrios, one of the most corrupt of the old-line Machine hacks. Nationally came the good, the bad and the ugly–the best being the magnificent March For Our Lives, a possible inflection point I’ll get back to. But before that came Trump’s tariffs...


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[ • 21 Mar 2018 • 2 Comments ]
Rauner is fully aware of the noose he has placed around his own neck, as he acknowledged in this laughable attempt in his premature victory speech Tuesday night (he just had to time it to get on the 10 p.m. news shows) to united the Republican party. Saying he was “humbled” by the victory, he added: To those who of you around the state who wanted to send me a message, let me be clear. I have traveled around the state and I have listened to you. While we differ on some things, let’s...


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[ • 21 Mar 2018 • No Comment ]
If you thought the first year of Trump was bad, just wait for all the turnovers in the cabinet and advisory staff to settle in. The guy who promised nothing but the best and brightest appointments flunked badly in Round One but with his record-level turnovers he is going farther downhill.    It seems a lot of people he appointed to important positions had the temerity to give him disagreeable advice. As he has often said, he knows best and pays little attention to “the experts.” So...


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[ • 20 Mar 2018 • No Comment ]
Journalists at the Los Angeles Times, Tronc’s largest property, have questioned whether the company’s executives are making decisions in their own interest rather than the best interest of the paper’s journalism or the company’s shareholders. In a previous job, Levinsohn successfully urged his corporate employers to acquire a company that he helped found. Similarly, while he was working for Tronc as a consultant, Levinsohn introduced Tronc executives to the CEO of another...


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[ • 16 Mar 2018 • 4 Comments ]
Chicago police are trying to identify the dozens of students from Simeon Career Academy who they say took part in a vandalism spree while they were supposed to be protesting guns. Shoppers and store employees were stunned by the destruction Wednesday morning at the Walmart in Chatham Market on the South Side. Chicago police say it started when students at neighboring Simeon Career Academy were allowed to leave the school for 17 minutes to take part in the nationwide walkout to protest guns.
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[ • 13 Mar 2018 • 5 Comments ]
As fans of “The Sting” know, the best of cons is when you con the con-man. Looks to me as if North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is about to pull of that trick against our very own Con-man in Chief, aka Donald Trump, by getting the president to sit down with him across the grown-up’s table–something neither Kim’s father nor grandfather was ever able to pull off. Without ever saying so directly he’s got Trump thinking he’s ready to talk denuclearization and uniting...


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