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Mark Cassello is an Assistant Professor of English at Calumet College of St. Joseph.

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NATO 3 Sentencing Raises Questions About Police Spying in Chicago

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:28 PM

On Friday, April 25, 2014, the three young men dubbed the NATO 3 -- Brent Betterly, Jared Chase and Brian Jacob Church -- received sentences ranging from five-to-eight years for the offenses of "mob action" and "possession of an incendiary device with intent to commit arson." This sentencing comes two...

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Obama's Lip Service to the Poor

(34) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 3:49 PM

On February 12, 2013, in the first State of the Union Address of his second term, President Obama urged for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. He lamented the reality that an individual can work full-time in the United States and earn a paltry...

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Un-Breaking News: Editing Life and Death in Age of Digital Media

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Tuesday in a Chicago park a little more than a week after performing at President Obama's second inauguration as a member of her high school band. As the Chicago Tribune reports, outrage about the senselessness of this killing spread throughout the city...

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Mitt Romney's Foolish Flip-Flop on Income Tax Disclosure

(111) Comments | Posted September 22, 2012 | 2:28 PM

On Friday, the Romney campaign delivered a WikiLeaks style data dump of financial and health information. Designed to shift the conversation away from Romney's callous remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay federal income tax, this gamble is likely to have the opposite effect. By...

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The Naked Ideology of School Reform

(27) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 2:30 PM

On September 10, 2012, standing in crisp morning air of a Chicago fall, thousands of public school teachers took to the picket line for the first time in 25 years. Spirits in the streets are high and the ceaseless honking from passing supporters suggests that the public is on...

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The Unlovables: Romney-Ryan 2012

(104) Comments | Posted August 18, 2012 | 10:28 AM

Like all things Romney, the choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick is thoroughly calculated and entirely dull. It is a move transparently designed to energize the base and to draw the support of Tea Partiers longing for American austerity. The Ryan pick is one the policy wonks...

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10 Takeaways From the Anti-NATO Demonstrations, Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 6:47 PM

On May 20-21, 2012, the NATO summit descended upon Chicago with the full weight of the global military industrial complex. The cloistered glitz of the NATO summit and the publicized gore of the anti-NATO protests left an indelible mark on those who participated in these events. However, for most Chicagoans,...

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10 Takeaways From the Anti-NATO Demonstrations, Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 4:38 PM

On May 20-21, 2012, the NATO summit descended upon Chicago with the full weight of the global military industrial complex. The cloistered glitz of the NATO summit and the publicized gore of the anti-NATO protests left an indelible mark on those who participated in these events. However, for most Chicagoans,...

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10 Takeaways From the Anti-NATO Demonstrations, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 11:45 AM

On May 20-21, 2012, the NATO summit descended upon Chicago with the full weight of the global military industrial complex. The cloistered glitz of the NATO summit and the publicized gore of the anti-NATO protests left an indelible mark on those who participated in these events. However, for most Chicagoans,...

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10 Takeaways From the Anti-NATO Demonstrations, Part 1

(9) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 5:27 PM

On May 20-21, 2012, the NATO summit descended upon Chicago with the full weight of the global military industrial complex. The cloistered glitz of the NATO summit and the publicized gore of the anti-NATO protests left an indelible mark on those who participated in these events. However, for most Chicagoans,...

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Anti-NATO Demonstrator Injured by Police Van

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 12:43 PM

At approximately 10:40 p.m., Jack Amico, a supporter of Occupy Wall Street who had traveled to Chicago to take part in the anti-NATO demonstrations was allegedly injured by a Chicago police van.

Amico was one of as many as 1,000 demonstrators who had been marching through the financial...

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Mitt Romney and the Wealth Answer

(60) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 12:02 PM


On Monday, April 16, 2012, Diane Sawyer posed an important question to Mitt Romney during an ABC "Newsmakers" interview. She explained that a number of individuals had submitted questions online that essentially asked,...

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Dozens Arrested in Attempt to Save Public Mental Health Clinics in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 3:53 PM

At 12:30 a.m. on the chilly morning of April 13, 2012, sparks flew as a handful of Chicago police sawed through the metal barricades of the Woodlawn Adult Health Center and arrested a coalition comprised of mental health workers, consumers, and advocates who attempted to occupy the facility. Police arrested...

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Occupy Chicago Takes the Spring

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 3:01 PM

Saturday, April 7, 2012 marked Occupy Chicago's official reemergence after a milder than expected winter. The citywide day of action, known as "Take the Spring," marked the official launch of the "Chicago Spring," a two-month long series of actions that will culminate in the NATO protests during...

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Occupy Chicago Ready for a Spring of Discontent

(75) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Although some, like Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, hoped a brutal Chicago winter would chill the fiery passion of demonstrators, a recent visit to the organization's new headquarters reveals that Occupy Chicago is stronger, smarter and more nimble than it was last fall. Relentless pressure...

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A Stern Reminder about the Race in Universal Pictures' Hop

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 12:06 AM

On March 23, 2012, Universal Pictures will release the Easter-themed film, Hop, on Blu-ray and DVD. Although some hail Hop as a family-friendly Easter classic, the message of this film is something far more insidious. Akin to the worst examples of racial and ethnic stereotyping found in twentieth century film,...

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SB 397 Poised to Give $100 Million Handout to Wealthiest Corporations in Illinois

(17) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 2:57 PM

Unless a groundswell of public outrage besieges representatives in Springfield on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, the Illinois State Legislature is likely to approve an enormous tax carve-out designed to benefit two of the most profitable companies in the state, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board of Exchange...

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Occupy Chicago Scores Victories Without a Camp

(9) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 1:44 PM

As Occupy Chicago nears its second month, its visible presence on the streets may have diminished, but its influence and reach has grown.

Three weeks ago, Chicago police evicted and arrested supporters of Occupy Chicago in Grant Park for the second time. Unlike other cities where demonstrations...

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Commercial Disobedience

(16) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 9:27 AM

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed, "Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings." Today, his words seem all but forgotten. We cannot see it, but...

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Occupy Chicago One Month Anniversary Marked by Arrests

(8) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 9:03 PM

In a virtual repeat of last weekend, Chicago Police arrested 130 demonstrators at Congress Plaza in Grant Park for violating an 11:00 p.m. curfew. The arrests occurred shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in front of a crowd of 1500 vocal supporters.

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