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Posted inStaff notes

Changing Directions

Thanks to a tremendous staff, support from our owners and donors, and generous readers and foundations, we were able to make it to our 50th anniversary this year. But the future for all media is still tenuous. Our pivots have worked, but we need to continue to be nimble, and responsive to changes.

Posted inOn Politics

Pushing back

It took a while, but at last something reassuring emerged in the aftermath of the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse for murder by a mostly white jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That would be Dahleen Glanton’s insightful column in Sunday’s Sun-Times—one of the few sympathetic appraisals in the mainstream press of Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige […]

Posted inOpinion

Vaxxing our kids

Leonard C. Goodman is a Chicago criminal defense attorney and co-owner of the for-profit arm of the Reader. As a father of a young child, I am pressured to get my daughter vaccinated for COVID-19. And like many Americans, I have concerns about giving my six-year-old a new vaccine that was not tested on humans […]

Posted inOn Politics

Buried secrets

For proof that the people who run this city are determined to never change their ways, I bring you the latest unsavory details regarding the harassment of female lifeguards at Oak Street Beach. They’re contained in the recently released Hays Report, so named for Valarie Hays, the corporate lawyer who wrote it. The Park District […]

Posted inOn Politics

The lying game

Just about the only good thing to come out of the Aaron Rodgers fiasco is that it gives us a textbook example of how MAGA finagles its way out of a jam. Almost as though the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s behavior was orchestrated by Donald Trump himself. First—they lie. Then—deny. Then prevaricate. Then obfuscate. Or […]

Posted inColumns & Opinion

Rays of sunshine

Amid the doom and gloom of MAGA’s resurgence in the race for governor in Virginia, a little good news from Illinois . . . The Democrats stuck it to those dastardly Republicans in the congressional remapping. Though you wouldn’t know that to hear centrist Dems wracked with guilt over the possible demise of Congressman Adam […]