Organizers said there were twenty-five thousand on hand for the Trump rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night. They said it was the largest rally this year. One thing is for sure: The President has a lot of momentum going into election day. © 2020 practicalchicago.com
Politics can be complicated. But this situation is quite simple: Kim Foxx has not done her job. When the Jussie Smollett situation unfolded she tried to make it go away, despite a significant amount of evidence suggesting Smollett faked a hate crime. A public figure faking something as disgusting as a hate crime for political … Continue reading Support Pat O’Brien for Cook County State’s Attorney
The orange and black “FALLOUT SHELTER” sign, with three triangles inside a circle, in the photo above is a reminder of a frightening time now past. It is on the southwest corner of the former Immaculata Catholic High School building at Irving Park Road and Lake Shore Drive. Starting in the years after World War … Continue reading Chicago Seems to Have Forgotten the Meaning of Fear
Politicians care about what their constituents think. They want to be aware of situations where public opinion could cost them their jobs. They want to be aware of situations where public opinion could stand in the way of their agendas. The short-lived sweetened beverage tax is a great example. Cook County levied a penny per … Continue reading Send Your Thoughts to the Mayor of Chicago
Empire actor Jussie Smollett should face serious consequences for his actions. He faked a hate crime. That wasted the time of Chicago Police, tarnished the reputation of the city and made things more difficult for people who are genuine victims of hate crimes. None of that is to be taken lightly. To illustrate the gravity … Continue reading Jussie Smollett Should Do Time
Defined benefit pension plans, which give a guaranteed payout at retirement, are a mess. That is why they have been diminished or altogether closed in so many instances. They are huge pots of money prone to theft, all it takes is an incompetent investment manager to sustain huge losses, and the high expense level created … Continue reading Public Sector Pension Reductions are Needed
Was the case of Paul O’Neal excessive force? Clearly not. Screen out all the spin people put on the situation and look at what Paul did. He was driving a Jaguar that had been reported stolen from Bolingbrook. When officers tried to stop him he led them on a pursuit. Bodycam video shows he sideswiped one … Continue reading The Absurdity of Paul O’Neal
When the plastic bag ban was approved one question was on our minds here at Practical Chicago: What is the angle? Recently the angle was revealed. Starting January 1st there will be a tax of seven cents per plastic bag at all local retailers. Pretty good setup is it not? Ban the old light weight … Continue reading Did Anyone Really Think City Politicians Love the Earth?
I am not a fan of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the proposed new venue between McCormick Place and Soldier Field. It seems like a misplaced priority, insisting on this particular site seems needlessly destructive, and the design is horrendous. Vocalizing that usually means hearing from one of its supporters. “Why wouldn’t you want something that creates green … Continue reading Why Is Narrative Art So Important?
A recently published map from KIG Analytics says it all. The mayor’s proposed property tax increase could not be more blatant. For the benefit of those from out of town: affluent areas of the city are getting property tax increases, everyone else is not. The less fortunate of Chicago do not deserve to be turned into … Continue reading Robin Hood has Nothing on Rahm Emmanuel