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 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
By John Ruberry As I've written many times, Chicago is a city in decline. It is the only major American city losing population. Its pension debt, a reward--or should I say payoff?--to public-section unions in exchange for their support for Democratic politicians is an unsustainable millstone. This morning on a local television show, Flannery Fired … Continue reading Chicago leftists off Target in their store closing protests
By John Ruberry While there is some debate on whether there was a blue wave nationally after last week's midterm elections,, in Illinois, my state, there certainly was one. Voters booted out a Republican governor, billionaire Bruce Rauner, for Democratic billionaire JB Pritzker. Both men opened their wallets to fund their campaigns and downticket races. … Continue reading To survive the Illinois GOP must be the anti-tax hike party
One issue that the Democrats have had some success with during this election cyle--other than frenzied hatred of President Trump--is health insurance coverage for preexisting medical conditions. Here's a juicy story for voters to take their temperature on. A Democrat who is a registered nurse, Lauren Underwood, is running to unseat four-term incumbent Republican Randy … Continue reading IL 14: Has Democrat Lauren Underwood ever worked as a nurse?
By John Ruberry "Get up off your arses men Don't let 'em think you're getting lazy Get up out of your easy chairs We gotta lot to do out there, well ain't we." The Kinks, "Get Up." My Sunday post here is a bit late because this morning I ran a race--my first one since … Continue reading My first race in eight years just might offer a lesson for you
By John Ruberry Early next year the first round of the Chicago mayoral election will be held, If no candidate achieves a majority, then the top two face each other in a runoff. The two-term incumbent, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first chief of staff, is running, as are several other candidates, each with baggage, including … Continue reading Barack Obama, Chicago mayor?
By John Ruberry For the second time in less than a month, left-wing protesters illegally blocked a major Chicago expressway, with the goal of bringing attention to gun violence in America's third-largest city. You know what? People in Chicago and its suburbs already know about the homicide epidemic. As do most people nationwide. Last year … Continue reading Chicago needs to crack down on illegal expressway-blocking protests
By John Ruberry Chicago, which is for now America's third-largest city, has suffered a rough 21st century. It is beset by a declining population, a high murder rate, soaring taxes, poorly-rated bonds, and burdensome public employee pension debt. Now you can add lead in tap water to Chicago's problems. Chicago pumps its water from Lake … Continue reading Add high levels of lead in drinking water to Chicago’s growing list of problems
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
Illinois cannot cope with the present, let alone with the future, so it's fighting a symbolic battle from the past. Here's a little history lesson: In 1972 Congress submitted the Equal Rights Amendment to the state legislatures, which read: Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the … Continue reading Failed state Illinois creating distraction from pension crisis by trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
By John Ruberry A week ago the Chicago Sun-Times began a high-profile begging campaign with a white splash--a blank sheet of paper--as its front page to draw attention to an op-ed, “Imagine Chicago without the Sun-Times: An urgent appeal.” Or, the editorial could be titled, give us money or the Sun-Times will shut down. "Until … Continue reading Don’t be fooled, the Chicago Sun-Times wants subscriptions to peddle its side of the story, not yours
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 "We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth." First presidential inaugural address from Ronald Reagan, who was born in Illinois. "As a result, Illinois government is a massive retirement system that, during work hours, also offers some … Continue reading Illinois Democratic governor nominee mum on details for his proposed pension bailout tax hike