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
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?
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 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
By John Ruberry Type "Detroit revival" or "Detroit comeback" into your Google search box and you'll collect a lot of hits and discover glowing yarns about the turnaround of what was once one of America's greatest cities. Here's one from Forbes just last week. There is even a Pure Michigan TV commercial about Detroit. But as John … Continue reading About that Detroit comeback
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
By John Ruberry The world has a new Islamic republic. On Friday Gambia's strongman president, Yahya Jammeh, declared the impoverished west African nation that is almost completely surrounded by Senegal, a Muslim state. Other such nations are Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Mauritania--none of which are well-known for freedom or prosperity. Jammeh promises freedom of religion … Continue reading About the whacked-out leader of the world’s newest Islamic republic
By John Ruberry Back in the 1990s, former US Rep Mel Reynolds (D-IL) was described as a one-man crime wave. Until his suicide on September 1, Fox Lake, Illinois police lieutenant Joseph Gliniewicz, was a similar felonious phenomenon. Until last week this was the narrative of the cop nicknamed "GI Joe." The veteran police officer, who … Continue reading One-man crime wave cop was another symptom of Illinois’ disease
Malone: lf you walk through this door, you're walking into a world of trouble. There's no turning back. Do you understand? The Untouchables 1987 Sen Jefferson Smith: Mr. President. I stand guilty as framed! Because Section 40 is GRAFT! And I was ready to say so, I was ready to tell you that a certain … Continue reading Why THEY fight Protecting the Liberal Gravy Train
Robin: Those I kill die from misusing the trust that Richard left with them. And the worst of these is Richard’s own brother. King Richard (in disguise): Oh! Then you blame Prince John. Robin: No, I blame Richard. The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 But I want to say one thing to the American people, … Continue reading Chris Christie & the Ongoing Cost of Bill Clinton
Illinois may be the Land of Lincoln, but it is also the land of the corrupt George Ryan, Rod Blagojevich, Tony Rezko, and Jesse Jackson Jr. In Chicago, thirty-one alderman have been convicted of crimes since 1972. From "Honest Abe" to a national joke: What went wrong? The root of the problem is ethnicity and … Continue reading Why is Illinois So Corrupt?