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Re: “Jake Malooley named editor of the Reader

Y'all should clarify here, because when you say that the B Side will disappear, that makes it sound like all music coverage will disappear.

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Posted by phil.huckelberry on 07/16/2015 at 4:25 PM

Re: “How Rahm became a Democrat again

Agh. Ben. Of course he's a Democrat. He was chair of the DCCC. He was Chief of Staff to Obama.

He *embodies* what the Democratic Party stands for.

You don't.

You're the one who's not really a Democrat.

Every time you write something like this you provide him - and the rest of them - cover. Stop claiming to be a Democrat. Embrace independence. They don't represent you, so _stop representing them_.

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Posted by phil.huckelberry on 11/04/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Will Chicago reelect a mayor who’s nearly as unpopular as the Green Bay Packers?

I know far more people who like the Packers than who like the mayor.

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Posted by phil.huckelberry on 10/06/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Vigilante cyclists reunite owners with stolen bikes

I literally just saw a guy with bolt cutters cut a cable lock and steal a bike at the Rockwell Brown Line stop. I called 911 in the middle of the theft, gave a detailed description before he left the scene in a green Saturn, no plates, front plate holder saying Bravo Auto Sales. I'm posting here because I don't know how to take what I saw and get it to the right people besides the police - not clear which Facebook group is right etc. Hoping someone can point me in the right direction.

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Posted by phil.huckelberry on 09/08/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The Practical Party

Ben, your reputation in this city is rooted, more than anything else, in your bravery. One of the reasons people feel that can count on you is because you have a track record of not backing down, of continuing to push and push and push so that the truth comes out.

For me and for many others, you have been the single most important voice in the city in taking on Richard Daley. You have ventured where other journalists wouldn't dare. The respect you've built has been hard-earned and the debt of gratitude the city owes to you for your work over time is, in my opinion, immeasurable.

So for you to come out and announce that you're going to cast votes based on fear - that's a gray, blustery, sad day for the City of Chicago.

First, you're implicitly saying that the Democrats should feel free to run the most abominable candidate they can find, so long as the Republican is still worse. It's precisely that attitude which Rahm Emanuel seized upon as he engineered the increasing right-wing tilt of the Democratic Party. The result is that we have a horrific Democratic majority in Washington, led by people who wouldn't even let single payer health care be discussed, are actively defending Don't Ask Don't Tell, threw billions of our tax dollars to "bail out" banks which are now just sitting on the cash soaking up interest, and much more. Of course, here in Illinois, we've long known what a horrific Democratic majority might look like, because King Michael Madigan is the one who continues to rule the state.

Second, since the Democrats are basically being encouraged to run to the center, the Republicans are being encouraged to run to the far right. Because it's become easier for extremists to portray moderate Republicans as being "too close to the Democrats", it's that much easier for right-wing candidates to get bankrolled by fat cats like the Chamber of Commerce. And ultimately, since the right-leaning Democrats have a track record of giving business interests about as much as the Republicans anyway, it's all win-win for them.

Third, you're basically telling those of us who have tried to champion your positions to give it up. You're saying that it's more important to close some perceived ranks to defeat a perceived scourge like Bill Brady - a guy who's been around Springfield for two decades and who knows that even as Governor he's got to kowtow to Mike Madigan - than it is to build a bonafide opposition to Machine politics here in Chicago and across the state. You're telling Madigan and his cronies that they really shouldn't fear anything because when push comes to shove, even Ben Joravsky is going to buckle under the pressure. And if even Ben Joravsky is going to buckle under, then why should anyone else bother to keep fighting?

Look, Ben: Bill Brady was my State Senator for years, and I assure you, the man is a hack who can't break Illinois any more than it's already broken. The real man to be feared is still Michael Madigan, because he's the one who's run our state into the ground. And a vote for Brady is the same as a vote for Quinn - it's a vote for a man who's not going to meaningfully stand up to the King.

A vote for Rich Whitney is different. It *is* the practical vote. Because when push comes to shove, it's Madigan, not Daley, who is the real Machine Boss in this state. He's Speaker of the House, Chair of the State Democratic Party, has his daughter in place as Attorney General, got the law fixed so that he could retain even more control over his legislators... the list goes on and on. And it's the Greens - not the Republicans - who are taking the real electoral fight to Madigan. Even the Reader has underreported that we're on the verge of knocking a couple of Madigan's foot soldiers out. That's a shame, because that's the real simmering story of this election.

So, Ben, I prefer to regard your article here as you having had a momentary lapse of reason, not as you having thrown in the towel. I understand why you're concerned about having a doofus like Bill Brady in the Governor's mansion. But we already have a doofus there in Pat Quinn. A vote for Quinn, like a vote for Brady, is a vote for more doofus. In a battle between Machine and doofus, Machine is always going to win. You surely know that better than anyone. After all, nobody has done more to shine a light on how so much of what passes for doofus in Chicago is Machine in disguise. If anyone has ever earned a mulligan, it's you.

Phil Huckelberry
Chair, Illinois Green Party

Posted by phil.huckelberry on 10/28/2010 at 11:28 PM

Re: “The Big Green Apple

Mick, I'm not sure who you've been talking to. Most people I've talked to about the issue absolutely question Daley's commitment to going green. From inadequate CTA service to the absurd blue bag recycling system to the intended (but now thankfully staved off) plunder of much of our green space for the Olympics, I think a lot of people have caught on that the idea of Daley as a "green mayor" is just one of the latest in a long series of scams.

Here's the other thing, though. David Owen talks about the problem of suburban sprawl - and he's right. What makes the compact urban environment work - and what a lot of sprawling suburbs can't offer - is the relative ease of access to various services. But even in the heart of the city you can find abundant examples of lack of access to various services. Look at the dearth of certain services across large parts of the West Side and South Side of Chicago. A decaying urban infrastructure, and a refusal to do anything meaningful about it, only serves to exacerbate environmental problems, in much the same way that Owen claims HOV lanes simply encourage more automobile-based transportation.

When you look at the big picture, and don't just think in terms of rooftop gardens and bicycles on Lake Shore Drive one day a year, you find that Daley's overall track record can hardly be green at all. There is nothing sustainable about an urban environment where teenagers are getting shot and killed on almost a weekly basis. Nor for that matter is there anything sustainable about an urban environment where ancient grandfathered coal plants like Fisk and Crawford continue to spew death into the air.

The only green Daley cares about is the green on federal reserve notes.

Posted by phil.huckelberry on 10/02/2009 at 5:49 PM

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