Illinois is only a Partially Free state

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

To survive the Illinois GOP must be the anti-tax hike party

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

Failed state Illinois creating distraction from pension crisis by trying to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

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

Don’t be fooled, the Chicago Sun-Times wants subscriptions to peddle its side of the story, not yours

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

Illinois Democratic governor nominee mum on details for his proposed pension bailout tax hike

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

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

In Illinois the Democratic Party is Michael Madigan and Michael Madigan is the Democratic Party

By John Ruberry Unless you live in Illinois' 22nd state House district, Michael Madigan's name will not be on your ballot when you vote in the March 20 primary in the Land of Lincoln. Not directly, that is. But his foul spirit will be there. Even when there is a Democratic governor in Illinois, the … Continue reading In Illinois the Democratic Party is Michael Madigan and Michael Madigan is the Democratic Party

As Rauner sweeps Illinois guv GOP primary newspaper endorsments so far, it’s fair to ask if they mean anything anymore

By John Ruberry Donald Trump received during the 2016 general election campaign, only two of them came from publications that have more than 100,000 subscribers. Those papers were the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Florida Times-Union. There were nine anti-endorsements--eight of those urged "Not Donald Trump--" and 64 "No Endorsements." Most of the rest, 243 … Continue reading As Rauner sweeps Illinois guv GOP primary newspaper endorsments so far, it’s fair to ask if they mean anything anymore

The fall of Chris Kennedy in Illinois

By John Ruberry Almost a year ago here at Da Tech Guy I wrote this about Chris Kennedy entering the race for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor. He’s not a people person. I can’t remember who said it, but a wiser scribe than me said something along these lines about Hillary Clinton, “Some chefs … Continue reading The fall of Chris Kennedy in Illinois

Democratic candidates for Illinois governor resort to scapegoating

By John Ruberry Illinois will have one of the most-closely watched gubernatorial contests this year. Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner has been a tremendous disappointment to me and just about every conservative voter I know. I enthusiastically backed the then-political newcomer in 2014, but this time around, as I explained here at Da Tech Guy, I'm … Continue reading Democratic candidates for Illinois governor resort to scapegoating

I want to Bring Back Illinois, which is why I support Jeanne Ives for governor

By John Ruberry At my own blog and here at Da Tech Guy, I enthusiastically backed the candidacy of Bruce Rauner, the current Republican governor of Illinois. Count me as an ex-supporter. I'll be voting for state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in next spring's primary. Rauner was a political newcomer when he narrowly defeated unpopular … Continue reading I want to Bring Back Illinois, which is why I support Jeanne Ives for governor

Illinois’ false budget fix

By John Ruberry On Thursday the Democratic-dominated Illinois House, with aid of ten Republicans, overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a 32 percent income tax hike. The corporate rate jumped by 35 percent. Apologists for the income tax increase love to point out that many states have higher income tax rates, but last week's override … Continue reading Illinois’ false budget fix

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

Only bad options: The end of Illinois

By John Ruberry Illinois isn't at the crossroads. It's on a collision course after driving off a cliff. It's that bad here. The Land of Lincoln faces what is likely its most pivotal two weeks in its 199-year history. Last week Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican who never ran for political office before, called for … Continue reading Only bad options: The end of Illinois

Illinois is following the model of Czarist Russia

By John Ruberry "I can't stop the revolution, but until it comes, let's have some fun." Prince Felix Yusupov to Rasputin in the film Nicholas and Alexandra. And with the revolution of course came the collapse of Czarist Russia. The beleaguered state of Illinois set a couple of futility records last week. It became the first … Continue reading Illinois is following the model of Czarist Russia

Deep Corruption: Hiring scandal reveals stench of Illinois government

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

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

This blog post was not brought to you by the National Endowment for the Arts

By John Ruberry Last week President Trump released his proposed fiscal 2018 budget. Not included in it was funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The left, which dominates the arts, responded predictably, acting as if art itself was being attacked. Sit down and breathe deeply. Close … Continue reading This blog post was not brought to you by the National Endowment for the Arts

Chris Kennedy, Illinois’ snowflake candidate for governor

By John Ruberry The Democratic gubernatorial primary in Illinois is more than a year away but the field of candidates to challenge Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner is taking shape. On Thursday Christopher G. Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, announced on YouTube that he'll be running for the Democratic nomination for governor of America's … Continue reading Chris Kennedy, Illinois’ snowflake candidate for governor