I admit it. I feel like Charlie about to have an audience with Willie Wonka. Today I got the email that thousands in this city were hoping for: my non-transferable ticket for me and a guest to attend Barack Obama’s Grant Park election night rally.
During Election 2006, I had the good fortune to participate in 7 Days @ Minimum Wage, a video diary of working Americans struggling to keep their families afloat on minimum-wage pay. I interviewed Jessica, a single mom in Chicago. Her searing answers and barely contained sorrow made her, much to my surprise, the centerpiece of the entire project. I wonder whether if we had spoken during Election 2008, the current economy would have removed even what little hope she expressed back then for her children’s future.
Here’s an amazing ad which speaks beautifully and mercilessly for itself. It’s why I early voted for Barack Obama. And why you should vote for him, too.
They say there are two sides to every story. I give you my interpretation of the inner voice inside Sarah Palin’s head during her GOP vice-presidential nomination acceptance speech. With tongue stuck firmly in cheek.
Oh, what an agida-inducing weekend that was. That’s my excuse, anyway, for the tardiness of my Cincinnati trip report and Brendan Reilly interview. Every time I tried to finish writing them, another one of my friends was either dumping their boyfriend, being dumped themselves, or calling me after being thrown out of someone’s car.
As reported in today’s Chicago Tribune, this week, downtown Chicago’s Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies bowed to pressure from Jewish United Fund (JUF)/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago president Steven Nasatir and closed its multimedia exhibition on Holy Land boundaries, ‘Imaginary Coordinates’, three months early. For reasons that smack of reverse racism.
Anyone who’s followed Cook County politics since Todd Stroger took the reins of the most powerful county in Illinois from his formerly ailing (finally deceased) father knows that Stroger-fils doesn’t have the greatest grasp on the realities of his job. But, hey, he’s the President.
The Chicago Reporter reveals that the Chicago Housing Authority ‘Plan for Transformation’ may have helped disenfranchise thousands of Windy City public-housing voters. And the CHA is taking no responsibility for the problem.
Does 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly favor cars over transit in downtown Chicago? You might think so judging from his recent support to add parking–and as a result, increase traffic congestion–on Streeterville streets.
I swear I almost did a spit-take with my coffee when I read it: an editorial in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune suggesting that the Illinois constitution be rewritten to allow for the recall of Governor Rod Blagojevich. The paper didn’t mince words:
‘Having endured the Blagojevich era, we believe voters never should have to endure another one like it.’ And here I thought it was just me.