The Case Against Rahm

I wish I could be with Rahm and feel Chicago is in the hands of a tough, capable leader. But I’ve come to understand that our great city is about to re-elect a guy just as bad or worse than Rod Blagojevich. I wish I were exaggerating. If this…

Forget Tokens: Commuters Can Now Pay Subway Fare by Recycling

Brilliant idea:¬†Beijing riders can pay their subway fare by recycling bottles. In contrast, Chicago just rolled out a new fare card system that charges a fee if you don’t use it – not the subway, the card. Of course, it’s lighter than hauling a bag of bottles, but it’s…

Secret About How the World Works: 60 Minutes & The Resurgent Anita Alvarez

Even the supposed good guys do hatchet jobs and tell half the story. Last Sunday, 60 Minutes did a story on Chicago’s propensity for convicting innocent people based on coerced confessions. Anita Alvarez, the Cook County State’s Attorney (essentially the Chicago D.A.) appeared in the interview looking like a…

Loud People on the Train (P.2)

This girl was talking loudly enough on the train that everyone could have participated in her conversation.¬† But you couldn’t, so I’ll fill you in. It wasn’t as scintillating as the last loud people on the train, but she what she lacked in novelty she made up for in…