When Obama mocked McCain

By John Ruberry While "the betters" on the Sunday talk shows were praising John McCain, who died from brain cancer Saturday, Mrs. Marathon Pundit turned to me and asked, "Why isn't anyone talking about the number of houses he owned?" The TV talking heads weren't. In his laudatory statement about the Arizona senator's passing, of … Continue reading When Obama mocked McCain

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

Unanswered questions could plague a Michelle Obama Senate run

By John Ruberry In a speculative Reuters column that was published last week, Keith Koffler mused about the possibility that Michelle Obama could run for the Illinois US Senate seat currently held by Republican Mark Kirk. That same office served as the launching pad for Barack Obama's presidential run. Kirk has varnished his bipartisian credentials--much to … Continue reading Unanswered questions could plague a Michelle Obama Senate run

Pat Quinn: Illinois’ phony reformer exposed as a fraud

By John Ruberry Governor Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has been mostly on the fringes of Illinois politics since the early 1970s. For most of that time he was a minor-league version of Ralph Nader, part consumer advocate, part self-appointed government reformer. Although Nader never held public office, Quinn was state treasurer for a term … Continue reading Pat Quinn: Illinois’ phony reformer exposed as a fraud