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Footing the bill

In the last few weeks, Mayor Lightfoot has revealed several important details about the casino she’s pushing so hard to develop, including . . . Where it will go—near Chicago and Halsted on the city’s near north side. Who will run it—Bally’s Corporation. And why we need it—to raise money to pay police and firefighter […]

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Fighting the man

I can’t remember where I was when my old friend Adolfo Mondragón first told me he was thinking of suing former Alderman Danny Solis for using campaign funds to pay criminal defense fees. A White Sox game? A restaurant? Doesn’t matter, the point is—it was the summer of 2019, which seems like eons ago. Just […]

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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 […]

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Johnny MAGA

Having been exposed to the wit and wisdom of John Catanzara for a couple of years, I’ve reached a rather obvious conclusion about the president of the local Fraternal Order of Police. It would be better off for everybody—Catanzara included—if he just hurried up and moved to Florida, where he’ll probably be living soon enough, […]