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For me, watching the Chicago mayoral race is sort of like watching Michigan take on Ohio State, or Auburn take on Alabama.  I don’t have a dog in any of those fights, so I can watch the pure rivalry. If I were able to work up enough energy to care enough to root for someone—writing […]

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It was that time between drinks and dinner at the Ricochet meetup in Chicago on Thursday. I mentioned my son, now 16 years old, was attracted to the law as a career. That’s started a debate I’d like to open up to the wider Ricochet community. The responses so far were varied. Illiniguy wanted to […]

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Despite President Obama’s last-minute plan to disrupt the Chicago Ricochet Meetup by coming to town and shutting down traffic, we pulled it off.  Not even record-setting low temperatures were going to deter this gathering of the Midwest’s finest, and one European.  That’s right, James of England came with Midget Faded Rattlesnake and Chuck Walla!  Other […]

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On Ricochet we often disparage Chicago for it’s left wing politics, domination by labor unions, hatred of the second amendment, and general corruption.  Some misguided souls even ridicule Chicago deep dish pizza.  But Chicago really is a great place to visit.  You may know that I am hosting a Ricochet Meetup in Chicago on February […]

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How the Chicago Way Reveals the Bigger Picture

 

DaleyReading many fine posts on Ricochet regarding national issues ranging from Cuban relations to tax policy, I wonder if a discussion on how things go in Chicago might help fill in the big picture. As the largest city in this nation founded by actual Americans, as opposed to shifty Dutchmen (sorry, Rob) or dramatic but seductive Spaniards, Chicago has some quirks.

Normally, nonresidents, save the communists in town for the annual Conscious Capitalism Conference (mark your calendars for April 6, 2015, you can crash at Milt Rosenberg’s place…probably), need not care about these nuances. However, with so many Chicagoans running the show these days it’s important to understand some of these idiosyncrasies if you want to know why things are happening the way they are happening.

One area that I think is worth an education is how Chicagoans view their city government and how the mayor and city council view Chicagoans. This discussion can help shed some light on what is occurring in many national affairs.

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The social set at Ricochet is at it again, with plans for some Northern Meetups that will send shivers up your spine….and everywhere else.  After Jan. 14 I’m heading out to California, so stay tuned for the inevitable warm weather meetups in LA and Las Vegas.  As always, check out RicochetMeetup.com for the latest information. Seattle Dec. 6 […]

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My wife and I are going to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and I’d like to host a Ricochet Meetup while in the Windy City.  The official meetup will be at Havana Grill (412 N. Clark Street) at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 19th.  Deciding to go is the easy part.  Deciding what to order […]

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I’ll be going to the Chicago Auto Show, which is in February.  I know there are a few other automotive enthusiasts on Ricochet, so I thought I’d see if anybody else is going.  It’s a pretty cool exhibition and it’s a great place to see all the new cars, prototypes of upcoming models, concept cars, […]

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No Correlation Here. Move Along, Please.

 

Do not attempt to draw any conclusions from this fact, delivered without meaningful context, from the Washington Times:

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low. We all know that’s impossible.