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We hate to see you go JB

Less than 24 hours ago I took to social media to discuss the news that Illinois gubernatorial candidate, JB Pritzker 10 years ago said some uncomplimentary, unflattering, and some might say mean-spirited things about African-American politicians and the Rev Jeremiah Wright. The comments were made during a secretly taped phone conversation with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. That Facebook conversation divined into a...

Looking from the other end of the telescope

Not too long ago I had what I will generously call a mini-epiphany. I ask you to please understand this is about elections-not partisan politics. No matter which way we look at it, the Black community et al has an abysmal voting record. There are countless voter registration drives that don't significantly improve outcomes We lament poor turnout election after election. GOTV...

Are we allowing voter suppression?

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For the last three or so years, voter suppression has become a buzz term in political circles A more accurate description would be Black voter suppression. Instead of Jim Crow-era poll tax, literacy tests, and other subjective strategies for stymieing the Black vote; today we have voter ID laws, relocating polling places away from Black communities, early poll closings,...

Dems have tough choice in AG race

When State Sen. Kwame Raoul announced his intent last month to run for the Illinois Attorney General's seat suddenly vacated by long-time occupant Lisa Madigan, few were surprised, and many were elated. Nearly every time there is a state-wide vacancy that is a step up from the state senior chamber, Mr. Raoul's name is mentioned. Barbershop talk keeps the...

Don’t “kneejerk” county commissioners

Since the pop tax was announced and ultimately went into effect, there has been a battle cry of "vote em all out." The sentiment is extremely understanding and equally short-sighted. We have five months before we can cast a vote for Cook County Commissioner-any of them. That is five months to take two critically important steps. The first is asking...

Serve and Protect and Ticket

Like 99.9999 percent of the people I have met, I have never run a police department or been a police officer. My guess is it is a job that has components us civilians can't understand. One component that comes to mind is with  Chicago on track to at least equal the 3,000-shootings that occurred in 2016, and CPD clearance rates...

Tio Hardiman is at it again

I now have to wonder if Tio Hardiman understands what a governor does. Hardiman, who is far better known for his anti-violence work than anything related to government or politics, is hinting at another run for the state's top office. It seems if he understood what the job entails and his lack of any level of governmental experience, he...

Willie Wilson please stay out of the race

Set aside the singing, television show, mayoral and presidential runs; and Willie Wilson bears the distinction of being Chicago's most prominent African-American philanthropist. Most recently he was in the news for bailing out hundreds of Cook County residents who weren't able to pay their back property tax due to an accelerate collection plan.             It was only a month or so...

Are we ready for a Black mayor or governor?

  EDITOR'S NOTE: Not too long ago an informal discussion occurred among a handful of Black men re: the political future of Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers and what was the outlook for him as a candidate for governor or mayor of Chicago. As a result of that discussion lifelong Chicagoan, Antwan Dobson was invited to pen his opinions on...

Hillary Clinton will be a president in the making for more than 40 years

For those who read the seemingly interminable Autobiography of President Bill Clinton - "Between Hope and History" - you might remember a small passage buried in those 1,100 pages. It is a passage about Yale Law School dining room conversation where the yet-to-be married Clintons committed to eventually both being President of the United States. We have to suspect there are...