Barb Wheeler Gains Attention with Drinking Age Increase Bill for 18-21 Year Olds, As Long As with Parents

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Phil Kadner, who was previously with the Daily Southtown, wrote an article about State Rep. Barb Wheeler’s bill to allow teenagers 18 and over to drink alcohol, as long as their parents are present. That’s the law … Continue reading

Transparency – Following the Money

The Chicago Sun-Times ran an article yesterday that took three years to write. It was about how UNO, the charter school outfit backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan, spent money provided by governments. Since UNO doesn’t operate in our back … Continue reading

What Impact Do Newspaper Endorsement Have?

Candidates court newspaper endorsements. They fill out questionnaires. I remember enjoying matching wits with the Chicago Tribune folks most…especially the year when they asked questions about education funding. (The statistics did not favor the answer the questionnaire wanted.  Naturally, I … Continue reading

Hanky Panky by the Democrats

Chicago politicians are making a big deal about robo-calls that went to Cook County and Chicago election judges that apparently caused a number not to report for duty. Barrington Hills’ Sharon Meroni of Defend the Vote and the one who … Continue reading

McHenry County Has Highest Percentage Applying for Concealed Carry Permits in Chicago Area

Thanks to a statistical analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times, we know today that McHenry County has more people, on a proportional basis, applying for concealed carry permits than any other Chicago-area county. (Graphic here. Map here.) With 822 people applying … Continue reading

Fighting Political Corruption Last on Sun-Times’ Priorities for New U.S. Attorney

Yesterday I had the audacity to suggest that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel may have been trying to divert resources in the U.S. Attorney’s Office away from political corruption. Why else would he emphasize that newly-sworn in U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon … Continue reading

RTA’s Al Jourdan and Don Totten Remind Suburbanites What’s at Stake

It took Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown to point it out, but there are some high regional stakes in the fight over who controls mass transportation in the metropolitan area. The same fight occurred in 1974 and in the early … Continue reading

Tryon Proves Suburban County Homeowners Ante Up More Than Chicago’s

I didn’t stop the newspapers when we went on vacation last month and am working my way though back issues. On June 16th, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown shared information virtually forbidden in Chicago-based media. What’s that? The fact that … Continue reading

Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Takes Shot at McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre

There have been many articles and one editorial about the worthiness of McHenry County Circuit Judge Maureen McIntyre to preside at the trial of Richard Daley nephew R.J. Vanecko in his involuntary manslaughter case involving David Koschman. Today, Chicago Sun-Times … Continue reading