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  • Capitol Facts
    Last month, Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) was interviewed by Chicago Public Radio about his new role as interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois.
  • Mike’s Musings
    Downstate candidates have made a lot of hay in Illinois politics by demonizing Chicago, positing that the rest of the state should secede and stop paying for the inadequacies of the wasteful government, shoddy schools, and rampant crime there. Why if it weren’t for Chicago, our local politicians fairly scream at us, we wouldn’t have any problems at all.
  • You know the Pledge of Allegiance,  probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning.
  • Mike’s Musings
    My copy of Phillip Roth’s book, Goodbye, Columbus, looks like an institutional copy, with a plain tan cover that has a small rip in the spine. I have no idea where it came from, but it looks as if it might have been purloined from a library at some point in its life.
  • Capitol Facts
    For weeks now, some Democrats have been wondering  if their party intends to run a “coordinated campaign”  this year and have asked what it might look like. 
  • Mike’s Musings
    Sometime last October, the bottom fell out of my sock drawer  one too many times, and I declared that we needed a new bedroom dresser.
  • Capitol Facts
    Last week’s press conference  announcing his latest amendatory veto was, without  a doubt, the best press pop Gov. Bruce Rauner has had since he fired his top staff last July and brought in that Illinois Policy Institute  crowd (which he also fired).
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