By John Ruberry On Friday a friend of this very blogger forwarded a Chicago Tribune Breaking News Alert to me: Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by nearly 10,000 students. And the year before CPS enrollment slid by 11,000. There are 371,382 students taking classes in CPS schools In 2002 there 438,589 kids running the halls, … Continue reading Illinois Math: Chicago Public Schools has fewer students but taxes go up
By John Ruberry Of America's largest cities only Chicago has a declining population. So far this year--as it was for all 2016--more people were murdered in Chicago than in New York City and Los Angeles. Combined. On the surface it seems that Chicago has the best government that money can buy. The Watchdogs of the … Continue reading Chicago’s ruling class thrives amid city’s decline
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
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 Even though the protest took place just three days ago, the blocking of the Dan Ryan Expressway near Chicago's Englewood neighborhood by Black Lives Matter radicals is already largely forgotten. The rally was organized after the deaths of two black men last week by two police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana. The … Continue reading If all Black Lives Matter why no protests in crime-ridden areas?
By John Ruberry Chicago is five days removed from its bloodiest May in twenty-one years. Two decades Chicago had more residents, so on a per capita basis May 2016 is even worse than it seems. The Tuesday tally for Memorial Day weekend carnage was six dead and 69 wounded. You might as well add a seventh … Continue reading Why is Rahm letting Chicago’s murder crisis go to waste?
By John Ruberry Deadly shootings in Chicago are up 20 percent this year over 2015. Last year Rahm Emanuel and the exclusively-Democratic City Council stuck it to Chicagoans by enacting the city's biggest property tax in history to pay for municipal worker pensions--with probably more hikes to come. Chicago's population decline continues, the onetime Second … Continue reading Rahm touts bread and circuses while Chicago bleeds and pays
By John Ruberry Two unwelcome pieces of bad news punched Chicago in the face last week. A state pension reform law for two municipal pension plans was unanimously ruled unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. Also last week came news that the Chicago metropolitan area saw the biggest population drop of the nation's metro regions. Chicago … Continue reading The decline and fall of Chicago
By John Ruberry Yes, three years is a long time in politics but even before the uproar over the Laquan McDonald shooting--the troubled black teen was shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer in 2014--Mayor Rahm Emanuel already faced tough reelection prospects in 2019. President Obama's former chief of staff was forced into a runoff … Continue reading Rahm’s last term
By John Ruberry Chicago has suffered a tough run since the Great Recession of 2008-09. Its high murder rate has garnered America's third-largest city the unfortunate nickname of Chiraq--a morphing of Chicago and Iraq. Depopulation--a big problem for most rust belt cities--continues to plague Chicago. Its population hasn't been as low as it is now since … Continue reading Blackhawks Cup win gives Chicagoans a respite from troubles
By John Ruberry On Monday Rahm Emanuel will be sworn in for his second term as mayor of Chicago. He faces enormous challenges including a high murder rate--with it comes the new nickname for the city, "Chiraq," a crumbling infrastructure that includes pothole-strewn streets, and multiple financial crises. Just last week Moody's Investors Services double-downgraded … Continue reading Chicago: America’s Junk City
By John Ruberry Much like his obnoxious character Mars Blackmon, director Spike Lee is an annoying presence on the political scene. Now he's in the middle of a political dispute because his next film will be titled "Chiraq," which is the nickname the hip-hoppers and yes, some conservative bloggers such as myself use to describe … Continue reading Doing the wrong thing: Spike Lee wants tax breaks for “Chiraq” movie
By John Ruberry Four weeks from now Chicagoans will return to the polls and choose between the remaining two candidates for mayor--former Obama White House Chief of Staff and incumbent Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" (pronounced 'chewie') Garcia. Interestingly, the candidates are often referred to by the mainstream media as Rahm or Chuy--I … Continue reading Mayor One Percent: Class warfare in Chicago’s mayoral race
By John Ruberry Once the midterm elections are over another major political contest will begin--the Chicago mayoral race. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief-of-staff, is expected to run for reelection. His three years in office have been at best a mixed bag. Violent crime is Chicago's biggest issue, it was during his term that the … Continue reading Beware of the anti-Rahm in Chicago