US-China Trade Negotiations in Chicago Today

It’s not every day that important negotiations take place outside of national capitals. The The US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade summit is no exception. Today’s negotiations in Chicago are just the second time in a quarter of a century that they have been held outside of Washington or Beijing. And the stakes are … More US-China Trade Negotiations in Chicago Today

The challenging road of referenda in Illinois

Somewhere in the throws of taking care of my infant son, I missed the circuit court’s decision to declare the Redistricting Amendment unconstitutional. As you may recall, I went over its advantages and disadvantages (mainly that it doesn’t apply to Congressional District Boundaries) right here. While this would have been a good measure to send … More The challenging road of referenda in Illinois

Become Globally-Minded in the Northwest Suburbs

Starting on June 4th, Harper College has invited me to lead monthly lectures on the great current events shaping our world. If you are a mature adult and are interested in lifetime learning, please consider joining me on this interactive, fun journey into everything from headline political stories to foreign cultural secrets revealed. Sign up … More Become Globally-Minded in the Northwest Suburbs

Independent Maps on the Fall Ballot

Despite a very challenging ballot initiative process compared with Western states (Colorado, Washington, California, etc.), the group behind the initiative to reform redistricting in Illinois has claimed over 346,000 Illinoisans have signed their petitions. If correct (not too many false signatures), then we should expect the initiative on this Fall’s ballot. While my infographic makes … More Independent Maps on the Fall Ballot

Illinois’s primary elections are Tuesday, March 18th! Make sure to check out the Tribune’s recommendations: http://elections.chicagotribune.com/candidates/ Sadly, judge positions are especially numerous and opaque in nature, but a few minutes on the site can help you get to the core of who is in it for the right reasons and alternatively who is in it for … More