By John Ruberry There is never a shortage of evidence of the decline and fall of Illinois. Just a week after I authored Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One in this space, I already have a second entry. In two weeks Chicagoans will elect its first female black mayor as two very liberal candidates, Lori … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Two
Blogger in downtown Chicago By John Ruberry The biggest catch, so far, for the Mueller Probe is the sentencing last week of political consultant and lobbyist Paul Manafort, who was briefly the chairman of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Manafort, a very conspicuous Washington insider, pleaded guilty to charges of tax and bank fraud, and … Continue reading What if there was a Mueller probe of the Chicago City Council?
John Dougherty may not be a household name, but he is the kingmaker of Philadelphia and much of Pennsylvania. Dougherty, known as Johnny Doc, is a classic example of Democrat machine politics that have nothing to do with making people’s lives better. Take, for example, the much-heralded tax on sweetened beverages that became law in … Continue reading Democrats, a Union, and Corruption
Blogger in downtown Chicago By John Ruberry Chicago isn't so much a city as it is a racket. The federal criminal complaint issued Thursday against Alderman Edward Burke, who has been a member of the Chicago City Council for 50 years--he replaced his father who died in office--has overshadowed the Chicago mayoral race. That election, … Continue reading The arrest of a powerful Chicago alderman who has been in office for 50 years and the corruption tax
By John Ruberry Every year Freedom House ranks nations on their levels of freedom and countries are classified into three categories. "Free, Partially Free, and Not Free." The first category includes the United States, most of Europe, and Israel, among others. Not Free includes the usual suspects, Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and North Korea. … Continue reading Illinois is only a Partially Free state
By John Ruberry Is a new beginning the only way out for Chicago Public Schools? That's what crossed my mind this morning while I was watching Mike Flannery on Fox Chicago's Flannery Fired Up. The show opened. with an interview of David Jackson, one of the investigative reporters who penned a disturbing yet indispensable series … Continue reading Perhaps Chicago Public Schools should start over again
By John Ruberry For decades Illinois, Chicago, and many other Land of Lincoln municipalities have been kicking the can down the road in regards to public worker pension obligations. Harvey, a poverty-stricken southern suburb of Chicago with a long history of corruption, has not just reached the end of the road, it has run off … Continue reading Harvey, Illinois’ layoffs to pay for pensions portends nasty future for the rest of 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
by baldilocks Filling in today for Fausta. The latest revelations about the FBI may feature Donald Trump, but they are not really about him. What they are about: deep corruption. Foundational rot. Pride. Hubris. The list is endless and ugly. Roger L. Simon: Suppose what many are now suspecting is completely true -- that the … Continue reading Who Can Investigate the Investigators?
By John Ruberry Last week I wrote this in my own blog about a scandal-plagued state university in Kentucky: "Is Louisville a college with an athletic program? Or is it an athletic program that offers some college classes?" Late last month the shadowy and corrupt realm of NCAA men's college basketball, whose players are nominally … Continue reading Louisville basketball team deserves “the death penalty”
By John Ruberry You've heard of "Deep State," right? If you haven't, it's the powerful yet anonymous cadre of senior bureaucrats within the federal government who are toiling to undermine President Donald J. Trump. They are "the swamp" Trump wants to drain. In Illinois, where I live, we have Deep Corruption. Last week in my own … Continue reading Deep Corruption: Hiring scandal reveals stench of Illinois government
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
By John Ruberry Ann Richards, the last Democratic governor of Texas to date, is wrongly credited with a famous statement about George H.W. Bush, that he was "born on third base and thought he hit a triple." But you can say the same thing about former US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), the son of the … Continue reading Jesse Jr further disgraces Chicago and himself
By John Ruberry "Decent people shouldn't live here. They'd be happier someplace else." Jack Napier/The Joker in Batman. Often, I'm asked, "Why is Chicago so corrupt?" The short answer? It's always been that way. Now let me expand a bit. Earlier this month the Department of Justice released a report that excoriated the Chicago Police … Continue reading Why is Chicago so corrupt?
By John Ruberry On the Sunday after the 9/11 attacks, Jeremiah Wright, then Obama's pastor, bellowed, "God d--n America" and "America's chickens are coming home to roost" from the pulpit of his Chicago church. Two nights from now President Barack Obama will give his farewell address in Chicago, his adopted hometown. The Hawaii-born 44th president moved … Continue reading Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address