Tag Archives: Illinois

My wife Lisa is Not running for Congress

Why is it I have to work outside the party to empower low income people, people the system is not working for, people who are being crushed by our health care system?

Editor’s Note: Since the time this blog was posted the Facebook Live video was hacked and pieces of video and audio are missing. It probably makes a little more sense that we’re singing ABBA’s Fernando after I announce that AAA just called and Fernando is coming to tow the car.

…And the way REPUBLICANS sold out their constituents…

got cut off at the end of my comment asking “Are we seeing the same thing with Democrats”

Editor’s Note updated 6/23/19 – After putting out an SOS, the hack/glitch was anonymously resolved. Thanks, Anonymous! – And Now it’s broken again. Effin’ WordPress.

Fun with Facebook Live outside of Cupitol in Evanston. It’s Great To Be Alive!

MEMO FOR Establishment Republicans and Establishment Democrats: Maybe you didn’t get the previous memo. Don’t let the money and status fool you. You are not popular.

Are we actually seeing what we saw with the last Congress? Where Democratic (Congressional Representatives) now have to run and hide from their Democratic constituents because they are selling us out… the way Republican Congressmen sold out their constituents? And what a surprise… they all get money from the same people.

Sell the house. Sell the kids. We have to pay our health insurance corporation to bankrupt America.

Rent Party: Burn It Down! (EP)

Holly, Matt, and Snezana have a digital preview of their upcoming CD release!

Burn It Down by Rent Party

released May 15, 2019 

Lunch Bag Records, 2019, EP 

All songs written by Rent Party, except “Bolje kada odeš,” written by Gene Clark, with lyrics by Rent Party. 

Recorded at I.V. Lab Studios in Chicago, IL by Chuck Kawal and at Five Cats Audio in Highland Park, IL by Matt Sobczyk. 

Mixed by Matt Sobczyk, Snežana Žabić, and Stanislav Žabić (tracks 6 and 7). 

Rent Party are: Holly Rose Shapiro (drums), Matt Sobczyk (bass, percussion, guitar), and Snežana Žabić (vocals and guitar). 

Special thanks to: 
Heather Brown: vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Guitar on track 4.
Kim Simpson: lead guitar on tracks 6 and 7 and mandolin on 7. 
Stanislav Žabić: vocals on 7. 

Cover design by Jason Shapiro.

license

Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.


Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

There’s this mythos that the left wing controls the media… Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, that’s not the far left. It is in a bizarro world where you have a President like you have now… we’re living in a rightwing madhouse where these corporate conservative people are the far left.

More nonsense. More craziness. It becomes normal in a sort of way. Like the way racism is normalized to the point where we don’t even see it.

RICHARDSON! calls in! TIGER WON? Are you kidding? I thought Ex-Cub, ex-White Sox Bobby Molinaro was going to win that thing!

Fun Facts: The GOP was formed in 1854. Lincoln campaigned for Republican candidates to the Illinois General Assembly in 1858 seeking an appointment to the US Senate.


Lift The Ban on Rent Control

It should be noted that when Rep. Rita Mayfield and Rep. Curtis Tarver sided with Republicans and voted no and stopped an effort to Lift The Ban on Rent Control, it wasn’t a vote against a particular form of rent control. It was a vote against any form of rent control anywhere.  It was a vote against democracy supported mostly by  the real estate industry and developers, people who stand to profit from predatory rental agreements and gentrification. 

Once again, we have profits over people. Money speaks for money while low-income people are not organized to protect themselves. With this vote we see the results of that.  It is telling that the victory statement  by the Chicagoland Apartment Association admitted that “affordable workforce housing… is currently lacking in supply, but the concept of rent control would make the goal of providing additional affordable housing less attainable because it would reduce the supply and quality of rental units to select from.” Simply put, the inability to force people out of their homes with sudden extreme rent increases will limit the number of units on the market. People with the least privilege and risk are expected to be left vulnerable so that wealthy and secure people are not inconvenienced in their effort to become wealthier and more secure at the expense of working people forced into homelessness. 

The Democratic party, with a historic super majority in the Illinois general assembly, remains saddled with Koch Brothers/ALEC legislation that was implemented with regressive intent to serve the interests of the powerful and make sure every dollar earned by working families ends up in the company store with IOU notes added. There will always be a well-funded slick argument to support a grand pyramid scheme, but if a Democratic super majority cannot find the political muscle to stand up for people, it’s time to change the name of our party to GOP LITE. 


Our Revolution: Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

The Illinois Democratic candidates for governor speak about both their experience and platform at this forum hosted by Our Revolution Illinois/Chicago. Candidates include: Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman, Chris Kennedy, Alex Paterakis, Ameya Pawar, and J.B. Pritzker. Since this event, Ameya Pawar suspended his campaign.

I’ve watched this twice, so far, and given it a lot of thought. I am putting this out there with an invitation for feedback.

Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum


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