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 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

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Two

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

What if there was a Mueller probe of the Chicago City Council?

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?