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One of the great debates in American politics can be summed up with this question: What's the stupidest thing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has ever said? One of my all-time favorites is when he threatened to take his pants off to prove his political...
The American media is absolutely turgid with emotion over White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's ambitious plan to become mayor of Chicago once Mayor Richard Daley leaves office. Just imagine, Emanuel on the fifth floor of City Hall, lording over...
The Swampby Mark Silva Posted Thursday evening, updated Friday at 6:15 am and 9:35 am EDT Republicans have been ready with criticism for President Barack Obama's overnight journey to Copenhagen, where the president today pressed Chicago's case for the 2016...
Change of SubjectThe old common wisdom suggested that Rezko would say only nice things about his old buddy Barack and wait for a Golden Ticket and be carried out of prison on federal gossamer wings sometime in Obama's second term...John Kass, Sunday......
Change of SubjectI poked around in Nexis this morning to refresh my memory about the white mayor/wet mayor legend that supposedly reflects so poorly upon Chicagoans. First, the original news story, which broke in the Tribune four days before the mayoral primary......
Change of SubjectMary Schmich, host John Williams and I talked Blago trial today on one of our final weekly chats on WGN AM 720 (less than two months to go, evidently). John Kass joined the fun for a few minutes, and it's......
Change of SubjectEvery homicide of a police officer is tragic, gut wrenching and frightening. And though it feels wrong to compare them, Sunday's fatal shooting of Officer Michael R. Bailey seems the most ominous of these recent slayings. Bailey was in his......
Nothing quite says 4th of July -- and American independence from unreasonable taxation and those intrusive federal regulations -- like a chicken with a beer can stuck up its behind, roasting silently over wood charcoal. Nothing. Cynics may call it a...
Staff reporterThis show, we bring you coverage and analysis of the explosive allegations concerning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. With us on this program in studio to discuss the events were Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass and political commentator Chris...
Staff reporterOne of our yearly (or semi-yearly) pleasures is a discussion of poetry with Joseph Parisi, the former editor of Poetry magazine. In this discussion, he is joined by Christina Pugh, a working poety and assistant professor of English at the University of...
You could tell from Pat Spilotro's back how angry he was. It was shaking. In federal court Thursday, Spilotro was addressing the judge. His back was to Chicago Outfit boss James Marcello, convicted of conspiracy in the 1986 murders of Spilotro's gangster...
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