January 13, 2021
CAPPARELLI'S CAREER ENTWINED WITH NORTHWEST SIDE POLITICAL HISTORY

It is often said that youth is wasted on the young. So, too, is history. Most youngsters do not care about what happened a generation ago let alone what happened last night unless you factor in "Cancel Culture." So nostalgia remains the exclusive province and comfort zone of the old and the aging, who either do not remember what they did last night, or they did nothing remotely worth remembering. The Dec. 31 passing of longtime Chicago Northwest Side political fixture Ralph Capparelli (D) at age 96 evokes a whole lot of nostalgia. Capparelli's political career spanned almost 60 years, from the late 1940's when he was a gym teacher and wrestling coach at Taft High School to the 2000s, when he was unseated at age 80 as state representative (2004) after 34 years and as 41st Ward Democratic committeeman (2008) after 16 years. Full Article...


January 6, 2021
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December 30, 2020
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December 23, 2020
MADIGAN'S "PROTECTION" RACKET FACING IMMINENT DEMISE

It's all about the point of view. Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Is Speaker Mike Madigan (D) halfway out the door, or halfway in? Is a Madigan indictment in the federal ComEd case imminent, or has he dodged the bullet already? Or has he just delayed it until 2021? Is Madigan a leader who protects his majority? That is the Madigan point of view. Or is he a tyrant who is obsessed with control? That is the anti-Madigan POV. The Democrats lost four Illinois House seats on Nov. 3, but gained three, a net loss of one. Full Article...


December 16, 2020
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December 9, 2020
A TRUMP 2024 COMBACK IS ABSOLUTE FANTASY

I distinctly remember a post-election interview with the late Roman Pucinski (D), who had just lost a 1972 U.S. Senate bid by a staggering 1,146,047-vote margin to incumbent Chuck Percy (R). Fast forward to 2020: Sometimes you have to be realistic. The presidential election IS OVER. The latest tabulation shows a 81,283,443-74,221,660 Biden win, with 306 electoral votes. President Trump's lawsuits and/or recounts in PA, MI, AZ, NV and GA, with 69 electoral votes, are going nowhere. The U.S. Supreme Court must rule on any elector decertification by Dec. 14. Pennsylvania plus two other states have to switch. It is clear that God, or at least half of America's 160 million voters, have closed a door and it is not clear that there are any open windows left. Full Article...


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