James Warren

Sun, 09/25/2011
Mike Quigley knows about cheap shots on ice. Now he’s an expert on being blindsided on the internet and cable TV. Quigley, a Democratic Chicago congressman, had a relatively light Saturday recently. He played ice hockey in the morning, did a beach cleanup with the Sierra Club and hit four block parties in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. Along the...
Sun, 05/01/2011
Tom Dart made Rahm Emanuel’s campaign easier by not running for mayor. Now the Cook County sheriff might have simplified his governing by giving him a road map—and an amateur video— to solve a 42-year-old city mess. The untidiness is the anti-patronage Shakman case, the suit filed against the City of Chicago and other local government bodies in...
Thu, 04/14/2011
Just as dairy cows, oxen and horses once called a 19th-century northwest suburban barn home, an assuredly more fleeting but vocal species found comfort there Monday evening: a Tea Party congressman and his partisans. Representative Joe Walsh, a no-shot candidate who scored an upset last November, held the 20th town-hall-style meeting of an early...
Sat, 04/09/2011
David Axelrod concedes that he has a touch of Potomac fever, a malady in which the victim struggles with the notion that there’s life beyond the nation’s capital. “It’s a narcotic,” he told a Chicago audience last week as he engagingly recounted two years as a top aide to President Obama, his desk just a few paces from the Oval Office. “It’s...
Thu, 04/07/2011
Jeffrey Colman, a Chicago lawyer, got a collect call Tuesday from a convicted murderer at Menard Correctional Facility in downstate Chester. If only his clients at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp could have made similar calls. Mr. Colman mentioned the call when I broached the latest news in the unseemly history of the camp set up after the Sept...
Sat, 04/02/2011
Tuesday elections in Chicago and Cook County will inspire dismal turnouts, perhaps 25 percent countywide. But there’s a potential remedy: discount coupons for rock climbing. I came upon this remedy for the United States’ somnolent electoral politics while attending the annual gathering of the Midwest Political Science Association. It’s a...
Thu, 03/31/2011
Cook County has more units of government (945) than the state of Illinois has licensed acupuncturists (700), licensed auctioneers (682), collection agencies (935), alarm contractors (708) or detective agencies (582). It has more than the state has licensed geologists (919), landscape architects (91), locksmiths (484), orthotics specialists (199...