Veterans Day celebration in Naperville.
According to WBEZ thousands of girls and boys are trafficked into the sex trade each year in Chicago. World-wide, this number jumps to between 600,000 to 2 million children and young adults. Luckily, the tide may be beginning to ebb in Illinois. The state has decriminalized prostitution and then shifted law enforcement resources to catching … More Stopping Sex Trafficking
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?
With 2013 coming to a close, it is time to look back on a busy year for International Chicago. February: US government data suggests that the US remains a huge CO2 emitter, especially when one looks per capita. As for Illinois, we are average in our polluting. April: Boeing Battled Back on Battery Bedevilments. The … More 6 Things We Learned in 2013
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?
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!
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?