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Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Chicago - The Walking Dead?

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | December 2, 2016 | Chicago
Chicago is lost. Where's the outrage? Where is the disgust? Since the 2015 Thanksgiving Eve release of the Laquan McDonald killing video and subsequent Black Friday protests (#LaquanMcDonald #BlackFriday #BlackChristmas) we have experienced an increase in the mayhem and madness of murders and attempted murders (shootings) - 700+ & 4000+...
Robert Koehler

Vote Recount V. The Media Consensus

Robert Koehler | December 1, 2016 | Politics
The impatience across much of the media is palpable. Recount? Oh, groan. That's not going to change the election results. The consensus "truth" writhing just below the surface of the mainstream, eyeball-rolling disapproval of Jill Stein's call for and financing of a presidential vote recount in Wisconsin (and perhaps...
Dave Stieber

Why Did Kajuan Raye Run If He Was Not Guilty?

Dave Stieber | November 28, 2016 | Politics
This is the question that white people love to ask. Because surely if Kajuan was innocent he would’ve just stood there, explained he did nothing wrong, the police would’ve realized he did nothing wrong, and then all parties would’ve gone peacefully on their merry ways. Unfortunately, this is...
Hilary Gowins

New Cook County Jobs Program: A Band-Aid Fix For A Gaping Wound

Hilary Gowins | November 24, 2016 | Chicago
Chicago's young people deserve more than a pittance - aldermen owe them serious introspection. It's time to admit the city's approach has failed - and it's time the men and women running Chicago step up with new solutions.
Matthew Dietrich

Trump, Rauner on Similar Wavelength With Public Workers

Matthew Dietrich | November 22, 2016 | Chicago
Opinion Gov. Bruce Rauner famously spent the 2016 election season refusing to endorse, disavow or even say the name Donald Trump. Yet unlike some Republicans who rebuked or refused to fully embrace the Republican candidate, Rauner never drew Trump's ire...
Mark Schuller

The U.S. Elections: End Of Empire? A View From Haiti

Mark Schuller | November 21, 2016 | Chicago
Many people were surprised at the results of last week's election. In hindsight, the signs were there to be seen, in plain sight. Many, either because they were paying attention or being targeted, were not surprised.
Will Reynolds

Chicago Citibank Branch Blockaded By Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Will Reynolds | November 22, 2016 | Politics
Roughly 30 Chicagoans blockaded a Citibank branch on North Clark Street today to demand Citigroup divest from the Dakota Access pipeline. It’s part of a flurry of nationwide actions targeting pipeline investors. Part of the group remained inside the bank, blocking business for two hours until they were arrested....
Andy Thayer

The Value Of The Anti-Trump Post-Election Protests

Andy Thayer | November 18, 2016 | Chicago
The right and some on the left have derided the large post-election protests against Trump's election. What both sets of critiques share is a failure to listen to any of the protesters, except through the media filters that they in other circumstances frequently deride as inaccurate. The right said, "You...
Eric Lipp

Killing Chicago's Finest: Something Else Happened the Day the Cubs Won the World Series

Eric Lipp | November 15, 2016 | Chicago
On November 2nd, 2016, the world lost a good natured, empathetic and heroic person. This happened on a day in Chicago history that will live in infamy not because a hero was ruthlessly murdered, but because of a baseball game where dozens of...
Dave Stieber

The White Supremacy Portrayed After Joshua Beal's Death In Mount Greenwood Makes Democracy Unsafe

Dave Stieber | November 15, 2016 | Chicago
Many of us took part in an action of the Democratic process on Tuesday, when we voted in the presidential election. Peacefully protesting is another tool able to be used in Democratic societies. Yet in the neighborhood of Mount Greenwood, Chicago, this tool of the protest...
Reboot Illinois

Speaker Madigan's Deputy: We're In The Same Boat

Reboot Illinois | November 10, 2016 | Chicago
By Madeleine Doubek OK, deep breath in. Deep breath out. Now that we got that nasty election out of our systems, there's a veto session in Springfield starting next week. House Speaker Mike Madigan, Gov. Bruce Rauner and everyone will shake hands and get to work saving our universities,...
Andy Thayer

Election Morning Reflections On Why The Dems Couldn't Beat Someone As Disgusting As Donald Trump

Andy Thayer | November 10, 2016 | Chicago
Seven years later and most working class incomes are just beginning to recover to the pre-Great Recession levels. Enter a racist bloviator who blames that declining income on all the usual scapegoats, and adds in some phony anti-Wall Street populism for good measure.
Dan Montgomery

Reject the Trump-Rauner agenda on Tuesday

Dan Montgomery | November 8, 2016 | Chicago
As a high school English teacher, I've taught my students to read carefully, think critically, and write persuasively. They learn that arguments must be based on good evidence, convincingly explained.   Governor Bruce Rauner seems to believe this concept doesn't apply to him.   While dodging...
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Early Voting Sees Record Number of Ballots Cast

Reboot Illinois | November 7, 2016 | Chicago
By Kevin Hoffman The number of Illinoisans who voted early, before Election Day, has reached record levels. As of Monday morning -- the last day of early voting -- 1.267 million voters had cast their ballots statewide. When vote by mail and grace period ballots are included,...
Matthew Dietrich

What the Illinois Comptroller Race Results Could Mean for State Budget Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | November 7, 2016 | Chicago
Opinion No analysis of the race for Illinois comptroller is complete without the term "proxy war." It's a term Illinois voters have heard and experienced many times over the decades, as Republican and Democratic party leaders of the Illinois House...
Dave Stieber

What Mount Greenwood's Reaction To Joshua Beal's Death Says About White Chicago

Dave Stieber | November 7, 2016 | Politics
Joshua Beal, who was in Chicago for a funeral, was killed Saturday by a Chicago police sergeant. The reason an off-duty police officer felt the need to start waving his gun around and pointing it at a lot of different people is baffling. To see the video, click...
Jim Fannin

Cubs Win!

Jim Fannin | November 4, 2016 | Chicago
No more "wait 'til next year!" Kiss goodbye the "Billy Goat Curse" forever. No longer are they the "Lovable Losers." That's right! The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the 10th inning of the 7th game of the World Series...
Matthew Dicks

I Feel Terrible For Chicago Cubs Fans, And For Good Reason

Matthew Dicks | November 4, 2016 | Sports
The curse is broken. Their identity as the most diehard, most faithful, and most downtrodden fans in America is gone.
Donna Solomon, DVM

Stress-Free Dog Walk

Donna Solomon, DVM | November 3, 2016 | Chicago
Are we foolish to think all dogs desire to be friendly towards all strangers? I believe we may have set unrealistic expectations for many of our canine companions and are setting some dogs up for failure.
Kevin Folta

1974, The Cubs, Mom And Me

Kevin Folta | November 3, 2016 | Fifty
It was 1974. I was bored silly in a fog of ADHD (when they called it “unsettled”) and sitting at my desk at Dirksen Elementary. It was first grade. I was pouring glue on a fresh spot of marker ink, letting the color soak in so I could...
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