Baltimore needs more Republicans. So do Detroit and Chicago

Blogger in Detroit By John Ruberry "And they hide their faces And they hide their eyes 'Cause the city's dyin' And they don't know why Oh, Baltimore Man, it's hard just to live Oh, Baltimore Man, it's hard just to live, just to live." Randy Newman, Baltimore. "The city has a level of corruption," says … Continue reading Baltimore needs more Republicans. So do Detroit and Chicago

Chicago’s proposed casino sites betray why it is failing

Former US Steel South Works site in 2016 By John Ruberry Do you want to know why so many cities run by Democrats are failures? Because everything is political with them, including economics. Business decisions can only be political ones. The most recent proof of this truth is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's announcement of the … Continue reading Chicago’s proposed casino sites betray why it is failing

A glorious new era of Chicago aldermanic convictions may be upon us

By John Ruberry Chicago's reputation for corruption is well-known and it centers on the most shameless legislative body in the nation, its City Council. Since 1973, an astounding 35 Chicago aldermen--some after leaving office--have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of crimes. That sounds bad--and it indeed it is. Chicago's City Council has 50 members--which … Continue reading A glorious new era of Chicago aldermanic convictions may be upon us

Tales from the Illinois Exodus Part 5: Chicagoans finally awakening to pension bomb

Illinois bicentennial flag on bottom By John Ruberry While I was on vacation near Da Tech Guy's base--New England--my Facebook feed was dominated by stories on the sticker shock Chicagoans, particularly better-off North Siders, received when they opened up their 2019 property tax bills. One North Side woman, Liz Gold, when speaking of her gargantuan … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus Part 5: Chicagoans finally awakening to pension bomb

Shoplifters, come to Cook County and Chicago, “It’s open season on businesses” because of Kim Foxx

By John Ruberry This morning on Fox Chicago's "Flannery Fired Up" host Mike Flannery's first guest was retired Illinois appellate court judge Sheila O'Brien. She was the driving force behind the months-long but ultimately successful struggle to name a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case. Kim Foxx, the leftist Democrat who is the Cook … Continue reading Shoplifters, come to Cook County and Chicago, “It’s open season on businesses” because of Kim Foxx

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Four

Blogger in downtown Chicago By John Ruberry It was another bad week in Illinois, the unhappiest state in the union. The ward office of Ald. Carrie Austin, the second-longest serving member of the Chicago City Council, was raided by the FBI on Wednesday. The irony was thick as Austin, who as appointed to her position … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Four

After five months of Pritzker: the Illinois Exodus will continue

By John Ruberry Five months after being sworn in as governor of Illinois, Democrat JB Pritzker has gotten pretty much everything he asked for as candidate, which isn't surprising as Democrats enjoy supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. Running the show in the General Assembly is House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), a master … Continue reading After five months of Pritzker: the Illinois Exodus will continue

Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago’s violence

By John Ruberry Last weekend was particularly violent in Chicago, 52 people were shot--ten fatally. So far this weekend 30 people have been shot--with a rash of 22 people were wounded during the weekend's first 12 hours. Why? Blame usually goes to "guns from Indiana," poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and police hamstrung by the … Continue reading Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago’s violence

The Midwest’s wildflower spring of 2019

Bloodroot By John Ruberry It's been an unusual 2019 weather-wise, here in the Chicago area and the rest of the Midwest. The coldest temperatures in over thirty years. by way of the polar vortex, struck my base in Morton Grove at the end of January. In mid-April the second heaviest snowfall ever recorded in the … Continue reading The Midwest’s wildflower spring of 2019

The Rainmakers, a career review

The Rainmakers, Walkenhorst is the second from the right. By John Ruberry What is the greatest band that you've never heard of? The odds are, unless of course you have heard of them, that act is the Rainmakers. I first encountered them in 1986, when "Downstream" from their self-titled debut album burst into my life … Continue reading The Rainmakers, a career review

Chicago’s new mayor wants to end aldermanic prerogative

By John Ruberry Chicago's reputation for corruption is well-deserved. Since 1973 there have been thirty-five members of the City Council who have been sentenced to federal prison. Likely there will be thirty-sixth soon as outgoing Ald. Willie Cochran pleaded guilty two months ago to a charge of wire fraud. In January, Chicago's most powerful alderman, … Continue reading Chicago’s new mayor wants to end aldermanic prerogative

Pfleger will continue to do what he wants at St. Sabina Church

Blogger on the site of his mother's childhood home in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood By John Ruberry "You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24. Once again, Father … Continue reading Pfleger will continue to do what he wants at St. Sabina Church

The Land of Mary Todd Lincoln Spending: Illinois unfunded pension debt reaches new record

Mary Todd Lincoln mannequin at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum By John Ruberry Illinois reached a new millstone recently--its unfunded pension debt is wallowing at a record $133.5 billion, despite a massive 2017 income tax hike and a booming stock market. In 2008 that debt was only $54.8 billion. And now 25 percent … Continue reading The Land of Mary Todd Lincoln Spending: Illinois unfunded pension debt reaches new record

Another Illinois governor is under federal investigation

By John Ruberry Voters in the Land of Lincoln--oh, what would Old Abe think about his home state now?--have a knack for electing crooked governors. As I noted here last week four of the governors of Illinois elected since I was born, Democrats Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, and Rod Blagojevich, along with Republican George Ryan, … Continue reading Another Illinois governor is under federal investigation

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three

By John Ruberry Garrison Keillor used to regularly begin his News From Lake Wobegon segment on the Prairie Home Companion with "It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon." Because it was always quiet there. And in regards to my continuing Tales from the Illinois Exodus series at Da Tech Guy, I should open each … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three