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Is it possible that a husband and wife could win the coveted February Moutza of the Month award, for buying stupid stuffed elk heads with other people's money? Perhaps. Because in America, it is said, even dead elk dreams may come true. Or what...
Tags: Karl Rove, Entertainment, Onions, Black History, Ashley Judd
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire bull in the quaint Illinois Republican china shop, sat down with me Wednesday morning at a diner on LaSalle Street to talk about politics. Are you running for governor? "I am thinking about it," said Rauner, 57, a...
With the help of several Latin scholars, I've come up with a fittingly snooty motto for this column's annual exercise in forecasting the news: Non coniectare imprudentior esset. Translation: Not to conjecture is imprudent. Inspiration: "Is it...
What's worse for a distinguished, pro-gun-control Chicago politician who sports a cool goatee and an always-natty wardrobe: Being charged with a felony after allegedly trying to carry a .25-caliber Beretta handgun onto a Chicago plane bound for...
Tags: Entertainment, Firearms, Criminals, Lawyers, Justice System
One year ago, I didn't predict that a book about predictions, "The Signal and the Noise," would be one of the top-selling nonfiction titles of 2012 or that its author, former Chicagoan Nate Silver, would become a cultural icon whose name is synonymous...
On the corner of Division and Dearborn, the shadows creep up the fronts of buildings as a neighborhood changes its skin. The moms pushing the strollers head for home. The old ladies in puffy coats walk their little white dogs back to their condos for...
Tags: Richard M. Daley, Judges, Testosterone, Lawyers, Dan Webb
That horde of candidates in the 2nd District trying to succeed former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Bud Light, is a wondrous sight. It reaffirms my belief in the goodness of people, since most of the hopefuls are no doubt fueled by the principled...
Maybe something good will come from the Shakespearean tragedy that is the Jesse Jackson Jr. saga: A deeper understanding of mental illness and more empathy for those afflicted with it. Or maybe not. The level of cynicism in these parts is so high that...
Another Chicago politician has been indicted, this one for bank fraud after he allegedly burned through hundreds of thousands of dollars that weren't his on casino gambling, car loans and other high-rolling pursuits. Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford,...
Even in Chicago, a city whose political community is not easily shocked by allegations of corruption, the resignation of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. comes as a bit of a stunner. The word "promising" keeps popping up again and again in news reports as in, for...
Tags: Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Justice System, Mayo Clinic, Values
Can an entire congressional district — like the one that just re-elected federally challenged U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Bud Light — be exiled from Chumbolone Nation? And what about that West Side legislative district where Democratic...
Is it bad manners to give the moutza to a dead man who killed himself by cockroach? This is not a philosophical question. Today is the day we hand out the venerable Moutza of the Month award, this time for October. As loyal readers know, the moutza is a...
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