Category Archives: Politics

Two Canadian Filmmakers Drop by for an Interview

This past Sunday, Toronto-based independent filmmakers Geoff Norris and Kyle Lennan came by my house in Joliet to interview me about the long-simmering Peotone Airport controversy in agricultural lands south of Chicago in Will County, IL. Norris and Lennan have … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Economics, Land use, Peotone, Politics, Social justice, Transportation | Comments Off

New Book on Rachel Carson by Robert Musil

This looks to be an excellent new book on Rachel Carson and many other women scientist/writers/activists who have profoundly shaped environmental discourse and policy in the US. Notably included here is Sandra Steingraber, who recently spoke at Roosevelt University during … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Health, Humanities, Literature, Politics, Pollution, Research, Science | Comments Off

The Recycling Divide in Chicago

Chicago likes to tout itself as a green city on the rise; just take a look at its official Environment and Sustainability webpage, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel states the laudable goal of making it the “greenest city in the world.” … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, News, Politics, Sustainability, Waste & Recycling | Comments Off

Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens

Question: What do the northeastern Illinois communities of Arlington Heights, Batavia, Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Northbrook, Oak Park, Plainfield, and St. Charles have in common with Cincinnati, OH; Nashville, TN; Pittsburgh, PA; Sioux City, IA; and Topeka, KS? Answer: All of them … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Joliet, Land use, News, Politics, Sustainability, Urban ecology | Comments Off

Joliet Shouldn’t Be a (For-Profit) Prison Kind of Town

As my family and I drove over the river to Joliet’s East Side, I had little idea what to expect at our Collins Street destination — a fundraiser by the local grassroots organization Concerned Citizens of Joliet. All we knew … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Joliet, Politics, Social justice | Comments Off

A Modest Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

After a week of deafening silence following the Newtown massacre, the National Rocket-launcher Association at last rolled out its new school safety strategy: placing an armed security guard in every American school. This is supposedly because “the only thing that … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Joliet, News, Politics, Social justice, Students | Comments Off

Junior’s Fall from Grace: More Bad News for Peotone

You’d think that Jessie Jackson Jr.’s stunning fall from political grace last week would have opponents of the Great Imaginary Airport in Peotone doing cartwheels of joy out in the cold autumnal winds of eastern Will County. After all, the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Joliet, Land use, Peotone, Politics, Transportation | Comments Off

How to Get Elected to Political Office

It’s not terribly hard to get elected to political office these days. All you need are lots of money, well-heeled connections (preferably of the family variety), a dash of luck, and some clever campaign tactics to bring the vote home. … Continue reading

Posted in Joliet, Politics | Comments Off

Labor-Managment Conflict in Blue-Collar America: The Caterpillar Strike in Joliet

Without Caterpillar Corporation, I probably wouldn’t exist. Once upon a time, a Kansas farm boy (my grandfather) moved to central Illinois with some of his brothers to find work. He eventually caught on at Caterpillar in Peoria, where he became … Continue reading

Posted in Community, Economics, Family, Joliet, News, Politics, Social justice | Comments Off

Bulldozing the Rights of the People: That’s the Illiana Way

Remember the Prairie Parkway? Just a few years ago, it was the Big New Road Project of choice in northeastern Illinois. A monumentally dumb idea for a whole host of reasons, the Prairie Parkway fortunately fizzled after the recession of … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Economics, Joliet, Land use, Peotone, Politics, Social justice, Transportation | Comments Off