While the instinct to lock up dangerous, gun-toting criminals is a good one, the proposal unveiled in Chicago on Monday is a cop-out.
Around the country, Americans are not only lobbying their Congressmembers to support legislation to reduce gun violence, they are also voting with their dollars -- through pension funds, government purchasing policies, and university endowments.
Chicago, which now has a string of artistic "firsts" under its belt, is also becoming a major player on the world stage of dance. And it isn't just that Chicago is bringing in international heavy hitters to perform. It also touts many important dance companies of its own.
Our weekly news discussion program Chicago Newsroom tackled Wrigley Field renovations and Midway privatization this week.
Does Mayor Emanuel already know what schools he wants to close in March? The Reader's Ben Joravsky thinks he does. And WBEZ's Achy Obejas thinks that there's not going to be much movement on gun regulation.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a city whose police culture has a stronger devotion to the blue code of silence than Chicago. There were a couple more e...
How does a school earn -- or, in the case of Philip Rogers Elementary School, recently downgraded to Level 2 keep -- that Level 1 badge of honor?
Well, the weather outside is not exactly frightful (it's a nice day where I live), but watching the politics of the week was certainly "so delightful." So many blowhards, so little time! "Let them blow, let them blow, let them blow!"
This city has consistently failed communities. Instead of trying to improve, fully fund, and help communities and their schools, Rahm and Barbara Byrd-Bennet believe to really "help" a community it is best to close their schools.
The pundits will be predicting doom and gloom for sure. Not only did we fail to win the House back in a good Democratic year, they will remind us, but in the sixth year of a presidency the president's party almost always loses seats.
Millions of Americans will start off their Thanksgiving statements with, "I am thankful Barack Obama will be our president for four more years. The biggest lesson we hope he learned from over the past four is to not start negotiating from a compromise position.
On this week's Chicago Newsroom we asked whether the referenda will have any impact on public policy, and whether there's any real prospect for pension reform in the short term.
Out of the ashes of the Second World War emerged a Utopia vision -- rather than solve problems through military means, we could maintain the peace by investing across borders and promoting human rights.
If Chicagoans vote Tuesday to pool their buying power, 1.1 million ComEd customers will be able to build on these accomplishments by speaking with one voice - a clear call for a cleaner energy future.
Chicago shouldn't stop looking for creative ways to bring investment into the city, but it should have clear-eyed awareness of who its partners are and look for ways to engage them about human rights and the rule of law.
If we want to do as President Obama says and build a "Strong America" again, we need to take foreign spent dollars and invest them at home.