| Jul 17, 2013
Poor Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
She's apparently suffering from Logic Deficit Disorder, even as her father, Boss Madigan, is mired in the $700,000 Metra hush-money scandal that has been taken apart in the past few weeks by the Tribune.
| Jun 23, 2013
| 4:20 PM
"I see people out front," observes the sad-eyed man at the Second City e.t.c., "just crying."
And the locale of this carefully observed locus of human misery? A closed Chicago school? A funeral home? City Hall?
Nope — Aldi.
Crying at what? The...
| Jun 25, 2013
Environmentalists, with typical elan, are pushing the City Council to forbid Chicago stores from packing shoppers' groceries or other purchases in plastic bags.
The ban's sponsor, Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, says he might have enough votes to pass the...
| Dec 28, 2011
They buried Hubert Sumlin two weeks ago at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, laying to rest the man whose ferocious guitar riffs galvanized Howlin' Wolf's classic recordings of the 1950s and '60s.
Just before Sumlin's casket was lowered...
| Sep 21, 2012
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader.
She calls herself, "Your long...
| Sep 27, 2012
Politics is by nature a brutalizing business. It is a business of ambition and lies. Stay around it too long, and your heart becomes coarsened. It thickens and gets numb.
It happens to cops, from years of listening to predators rationalizing why they did...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 2:13 PM
“The Dark Knight Rises” has already been a blessing for Pittsburgh and Newark, N.J., two non-traditional film locations that replaced Chicago as Gotham City in the third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film.
The superhero movie, in...
| Dec 20, 2012
The lack of measurable snowfall is but another sign of the apocalypse, yet snow it will and soon, and when it does, there is one thing you must understand.
There are no Dibs in Chicago unless Judge Dibs™ declares Dibs.
And I am Judge Dibs™...
| Dec 21, 2012
You're probably all dead — me too — swallowed by the Mayan apocalypse that many of us (foolishly) thought was utter nonsense, once.
Which means you're not even reading this. But still ...
I probably shouldn't have spent my last day writing...
| Dec 23, 2012
It's not every day that the ruthless mayor of Chicago, the Rahmfather, can be humbled and overcome by a spectacular Christmas gift presented by a newspaper columnist.
"It's a Hanukkah gift!" he insisted.
Whatever. I wasn't going to argue, especially...
| Dec 14, 2012
The Rahmfather probably won't be riding a Stingray bike with a banana seat, pulling back on his chrome ape hangers, popping wheelies down Dearborn Street on Friday with Cubs baseball cards in his spokes as all the little bike people of Chicago scream...