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+...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Haiti Earthquake Relief,
Northern Illinois University,
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.
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....
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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.
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
The curse is broken. Their identity as the most diehard, most faithful, and most downtrodden fans in America is gone.
Animal Medical Center Of Chicago,
Dr. Donna Solomon,
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.
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...