Should I Sign the Illinois Redistricting Petition?

Should I sign the Illinois Redistricting  Petitition? After listening to a discuss of this topic on WBEZ, I asked myself this question regarding this potential amendment to the Illinois Constitution. The truth is that this amendment is no panacea,  but it may increase political transparency and reduce partisanship. Shady redistricting practices is not just a … More Should I Sign the Illinois Redistricting Petition?

What Does Illinois Export?

What does Illinois export and to which countries? While overshadowed by Springfield politics regarding pensions, concealed weapons, and gay marriage, Governor Pat Quinn recently visited Mexico on a trade mission. This jaunt was the fifth such mission having previously visited: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, & China. Leaving aside FDI and trade in services (for this article … More What Does Illinois Export?

US Elections: They are far from perfect, yet you should STILL vote!

On the eve of local elections in Illinois, it’s good to think about what it means to vote in America. Most races here are majoritarian. The person with the most votes wins the race. Typically, that person does not even need a majority of votes (50% +1). Rather, they need only a plurality or the … More US Elections: They are far from perfect, yet you should STILL vote!

Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?

First, it’s freezing. Then, it’s 60 degrees and thundering. Now we are on to snow storm after snow storm. Chicago weather has been something else this year and as it turns out, it might be partly our fault. The Department of Energy recently released the 2010 data for carbon dioxide emissions per state. For Illinois, the … More Who is responsible for Chicago’s Crazy Weather?