Carolyn Bryant Donham had been a central figure in the killing of Chicago’s Emmett Till. In August of 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett Till had entered a store to buy two cents worth of bubble gum. Shortly after exiting it was said he may have whistled at Bryant’s 21-year-old white wife, Carolyn. Enraged, […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Tim Tyson and the blood of Emmett Till.
One of the pleasures of having our Hitting Left radio show and podcast – live at 11am on Friday’s. 105.5fm. Streaming at http://www.lumpenradio.com and podcast/archived at http://www.hittingleft.libsyn.com – is having as guests some really good and decent political people. Chicago city council members even. We’ve had as guests Susan Sadlowski Garza, Byron Sigcho, Rossana Rodriquez, […]Read More Some Chicago aldermen have an odd sense of irony.
I blogged yesterday about the idea of Illinois taxing retirement savings. I wrote that I have always supported the idea of retired folks at a high income level paying a share in taxes in Illinois, a state which does not tax anybody’s (not just retired public employees) retirement savings. I also pointed out that in […]Read More Who are the rich? Pensions, taxes and the Raise Chicago ordinance.
To be clear, as a retired couple living on social security, a public employee pension and savings, we have no objection to a tax on retirement savings. Earned income of those over 65 and who are working is already taxed in Illinois. For years – and it has been years now – when I write […]Read More The Sun-Times scapegoating the elderly again. On taxing retirement income.
Towards the end of Friday’s live broadcast of Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers I asked 40th ward council member Andre Vasquez to tell us the story of the cutting down of trees in his ward. The city’s forestry department cuts trees down if they are in the way of doing work on pipes and […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Socialist council member Andre Vazquez. What trees does he plant?
Remember when David Orr was Cook County Clerk? It was only a few months ago. We miss him in that office. David is a good-government progressive and he ran a clean office. He was on Hitting Left back in 2017. David retired from that office and was replaced by Karen Yarbrough. Yarbrough is in the […]Read More Preckwinkle. Martwick. Berrios. Familiar names back in the news.
News out of California this morning. The California Senate passed a bill that will expand the number of Californians classified as employees. The law requires companies to treat those who have been classified as contract workers as employees. That would be those who work in what is called the gig economy. The best known companies are […]Read More A California hit to the gig economy and my days as a taxi driver.
The experts were talking pensions yesterday at the City Club. State Sen. Heather Steans, Jacki Robinson-Ivy of the City Club of Chicago, Adam Schuster of the Illinois Policy Institute, Kristen McQueary of the Chicago Tribune, and Civic Federation President Laurence Msall. Experts on what? Certainly not about being old and poor. Not this bunch. Whenever […]Read More What needs fixing? Pensions or poverty?
“I’m in a good place and I try to do the right thing,” Aaron Goldstein told me when I asked him why he was running for a second term as 33rd Democratic Ward Committeeman. Doing the right thing doesn’t always mean you get elected in Chicago. That is particularly true for jobs like Democratic Ward […]Read More My friend Aaron Goldstein is a Democratic Party Ward Committeeman. He’s independent and that’s his problem.
Marie Newman came back to Hitting Left as part of her second campaign to unseat the guy who I consider the worst Democrat in Congress. Marie was with us during her first try two years ago. And I was with her. It’s not unusual in Chicago politics for it to take several tries before you […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and Marie Newman. She is running for Congress against the worst Democrat.