Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends

By John Ruberry As I've mentioned here a few times, 2018 is Illinois' bicentennial year, a fact that not only has escaped most Americans but even, I suspect, most people living in Illinois. Last Monday the official Illinois bicentennial party was held in Chicago at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. … Continue reading Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends

Illinois bicentennial: The 14 worst leaders from the state

By John Ruberry In honor of Illinois' bicentennial, Kerry Lester of the Daily Herald compiled a list of Illinois' best-known leaders. There is some good in it--Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln, and some bad. Ethel Kennedy? Robert F. Kennedy's widow was born in Chicago but grew up in Connecticut. And besides, her contributions don't amount … Continue reading Illinois bicentennial: The 14 worst leaders from the state

Pride Parade? Chicago needs a Shame Parade

By John Ruberry As this post goes live, the 48th Chicago Pride Parade is taking place on the city's North Side. The event is still commonly called the Gay Parade, "Pride" is of course a much more generic term. On the Yahoo home page today, next to the rainbow colors, is this message, "Be proud … Continue reading Pride Parade? Chicago needs a Shame Parade

Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard

By John Ruberry Contained in my inbox this morning was an email from Crain's Chicago Business touting an article by Dennis Rodkin, "Can Chicago's Southland Be Rebuilt?" In short, "probably" is his answer. Mine is "no." Chicago's Southland covers the city's South Side and its southern suburbs, some definitions include the Southwest Side and the southwest … Continue reading Chicago’s Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard

Hastert the latest politician to bring shame to Illinois

By John Ruberry Another politician has shamed the Land of Lincoln. Prosecutors in the bank fraud case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert filed documents late Friday outlining his sexual abuse of four male students while he was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in rural northern Illinois. One of the victims collected over $1 … Continue reading Hastert the latest politician to bring shame to Illinois

Illinois governor’s race: The folly of voting just to make a statement

By John Ruberry In its first political endorsement in three years--and the only one it will make in 2014--the Chicago Sun-Times says of this year's Illinois governor's race, "It may well be the most important election in our state’s modern history." I'll one-up the Sun-Times here and declare it's the most important Illinois election ever. … Continue reading Illinois governor’s race: The folly of voting just to make a statement

Illinois governor’s race: Rauner sweeping newspaper endorsements

By John Ruberry Illinois, or at least its major newspapers, is finally waking up. Nearly 12 years of Democratic rule in Illinois has brought debt, continued corruption, the nation's worst-funded state pension system, and high unemployment. Most polls show the race between incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican newcomer Bruce Rauner to be a dead heat, … Continue reading Illinois governor’s race: Rauner sweeping newspaper endorsements

Illinois’ governor race: A battle for the ages

By John Ruberry Pity the Land of Lincoln--four of its last eight elected governors have been convicted of federal crimes--one of them, Rod Blagojevich, is still in prison. He's inmate 40892-424. Blago's successor and two-time running mate, fellow Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn, is running for a second full term. The Republican nominee is Bruce Rauner, a … Continue reading Illinois’ governor race: A battle for the ages

Rare good news on Illinois corruption

People who follow politics often argue which state is America's corrupt, but my state, Illinois, almost always comes up as one of the contenders for that dis-honor. In this space two months ago I offered my thoughts as to why Illinois is so dominated by mendacious politicians. Now I'm looking at a potential but cure … Continue reading Rare good news on Illinois corruption

Answer: Because when dealing with Blago all things are possible

Q: Why does this story have incredible potential to turn into major trouble for the White House. Rod Blagojevich's lawyers want the FBI to give up details of interviews conducted last year of President Obama, his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and others as part of the investigation into the … Continue reading Answer: Because when dealing with Blago all things are possible