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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...

Presidential candidates shun Black voters.

Some remember the monumental Black National Political Convention held in Gary, In in March 1972. It was convened by former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher and author/activist Amari Baraka and Michigan Congressman Charlie Diggs, both of the latter are now deceased. It was the first time a collective of African Americans exclusively set out to forge an agenda in America...

Lucas, Hobson, and Emanuel blew museum deal by ignoring the little people

The fiasco that was to be a Star Wars-themed museum nestling Lake Michigan demonstrated a little discussed fact - the uber rich don't think like the rest of us. When George Lucas, creator of Star Wars and his Chicago-bred wife initially proposed the 300,0000 square foot edifice approximately two years ago they sought the blessings of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which turned...

Rahm should follow the leader

Instead of repeatedly throwing ideas against a wall to see if any stick Mayor Rahm Emanuel should follow the lead of the Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, CA.,http://_wp_link_placeholhttp://www.nccdglobal.org/sites/default/files/publication_pdf/ons-process-evaluation.pdf der where shootings have dropped precipitously. It has been reported countless times that Mr. Emanuel usually believes he is the smartest person in the room. When it comes to solving the violence...

Lack of progress calls for third political party

By LeRoi Brashears It is time African-Americans to form or join a new political party.  Our support for the Democratic Party has increased steadily over almost 60 years, yet, our political fortunes and standard of living have not truly improved. American Blacks identifying as Democrats went from 58 per cent in 1960 to 76 per cent   in 2012.  In 1960 60...