Review: Dark Tourist

By John Ruberry Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I'm someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I've visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I've been to Gary, … Continue reading Review: Dark Tourist

Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

By John Ruberry Last Monday I had a errand to run for work--which brought me to Milwaukee's suburbs. And for the first time in five years I drove on Interstate 94 north of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line--on what is known as the Milwaukee to Kenosha I-94 Corridor. A lot has changed since 2012. As I … Continue reading Illinois businesses and jobs escape to Wisconsin

Ex-con Chicago alderman back on ballot latest Illinois embarrassment

By John Ruberry Isaac "Ike" Carothers used to be a Chicago alderman until he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a developer seeking a zoning change. Ironically, his father, William, was convicted on similar charges three decades earlier  when he served as an alderman in the same part of Chicago. Carothers is on the ballot … Continue reading Ex-con Chicago alderman back on ballot latest Illinois embarrassment

Morning Joe really suffers without Joe & Mika…

...not in terms of entertainment, Willie and Savannah are entertaining, (I really think the show is a good influence on younger journalists in the sense that it keep them from taking themselves too seriously, that will pay dividends, both personal and professional, for decades) but in terms of balance. Item: The Wet sloppy kiss stuff … Continue reading Morning Joe really suffers without Joe & Mika…