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AROUND CAL CITY: Labor Day parade brings out all the politics in Cal City

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AROUND CAL CITY: Labor Day parade brings out all the politics in Cal City

Well, there were pols aplenty pounding the pavement in Calumet City recently.

The Labor Day parade is still alive and somewhat well. It’s surely not as well attended nor does it have some of the groups and more elaborately designed entries as in years gone by, but it’s still worthwhile…both to stage and attend.

Congrats to Gene Poppa, Eric Schneider and the gang at the Park District.

Parades and politicians are almost synonymous in Chicagoland. Our Labor Day parade was no exception.

All the local political folks were in the parade, though not necessarily together.

Not that it’s a good thing, but Calumet City is part of three different legislative districts. Those reps are the ones who represent us in Springfield.

Two of the three, Elgie Simms and Marcus Evans were in attendance as was our state senator, Donne Trotter.

Easily the highest ranking politician, there are only 435 of these in the whole country, was our Congresswoman, Robin Kelly.

I made it a point to talk to her briefly. I told her it’s time for a single-payer health care system (a topic for another time).

The Congress is much maligned, and in many ways, rightly so…but it is the body we elect to make our laws. We need to talk to them.

Another high level government type on the parade route, was Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle.

I give her credit for showing up. She more than anyone else is responsible for the not-so-popular sugary soda tax. Maybe she chose us because we’re so close to Indiana and that many of us by our sweetened drinks at Strack’s. I believe someone did offer her a pop.

Actually, I’m not that much against the concept. Making things that are less than healthful more expensive may, little by little, have an effect. I believe that some of the noticeable decrease in smoking is due to the taxes that make smoking a very expensive habit. We’ll see.

Oh, there were some, let’s say unflattering, caricatures of very famous politicians in the parade. Likeness of President Trump, V-P Pence, and Attorney General Sessions were in evidence. A group called made a pretty unmistakable political point.

Some attendees cheered, some jeered. We are in divided times.


St. Victor Trivia this today at 7:30. Contact me for details.

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