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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough and tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and on communications strategy. He also explores "slice-of-life" topics using humor and satire and performs standup comedy nationally and internationally (he is Palestinian married to a Jewish wife). Humor is a powerful form of communications. His personal website is www.Hanania.com

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough and tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and on communications strategy. He also explores "slice-of-life" topics using humor and satire and performs standup comedy nationally and internationally (he is Palestinian married to a Jewish wife). Humor is a powerful form of communications. His personal website is www.Hanania.com

    Ald. Lopez says Mayor Lightfoot's failures empower street gangs

    Ald. Lopez says Mayor Lightfoot's failures empower street gangs

    Alderman Lopez says Mayor Lightfoot's failures empower street gangs

    Special Column/Podcast Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021

    Season 3, Episode 9

    15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez in an interview this week told me that Mayor Lori Lightfoot has not only failed to confront street gangs but has empowered them with her rhetoric and failed policies. Coupled with States Attorney Kim Foxx's failed policies, street gangs are emboldened and the Chicago Police have been weakened. Ald. Lopez said that must change.

    By Ray Hanania Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez said that Mayor Lori Lightfoot sudden concern to confront street gangs is driven by politics, not by a concern for the or its citizens.

    One of several City Council members who have challenged Lightfoot’s failure in confronting street gang violence and the COVID pandemic, Lopez said Monday “anything is possible” when asked if he might run for mayor.

    Lopez entered public service in 1996 as a volunteer in the 23rd Ward organization of then Democratic Committeeman and Congressman Bill Lipinski, one of Chicago’s most powerful political organizations and then moved to the 15th Ward where he won office in 2012 at Committeeman and alderman in 2015.

    He was not hesitant to criticize Lightfoot accusing her policies of undermining the police noting that during her first two years in office empowered the street gangs which he called “the central issue” facing the city.

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    How Jackie Mason missed an opportunity to promote peace

    How Jackie Mason missed an opportunity to promote peace

    Jackie Mason and how he missed the punchline of his life July 26, 2021

    Season 3, Episode 5 (Retaped as Episode 8 --  8-8-21)

    Ray Hanania looks back at his fight with Jewish Comedian Jackie Mason when Hanania was booked to perform at Zanies Comedy Club in August 2002, nearly one year after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Hanania explains how he turned to comedy as means of helping Americans to better understand Arabs, Palestinians and Muslims and talks about his background. He also discusses how humor is a fundamental talent of great journalists and one of the most powerful forms of effective communications.

    Zanies had been working with Hanania through 2001 and 2002 and his comedy performances were getting coverage from major news media including CNN, the Today Show and many regional newspapers. An Arab American performing comedy after Sept. 11, 2001 was a news story.

    In July 2002, Zanies informed Hanania that they were going to give him his own show, 9 performances over a six day period. Several weeks before the performance, Zanies owner Rick Uchwat called him to say that Jewish Comedian Jackie Mason needed a place to practice his comedy in preparation for a new Broadway show in late September and October. He asked if Hanania had a problem appearing with Mason, a Jewish comedian. Hanania said of course not. Zanies took 3 of Hanania's shows and made Mason the opening act and Hanania the feature act. When Mason finished the three shows, Hanania would return to be the opening major act for the remaining six shows.

    Hanania thought it was big break. But on the opening night on Tuesday, Mason's wife/manager Jyll Rosenfeld called to say that Mason did not want Hanania to open for him because "he is Palestinian."

    The performance had been filled with Hanania's friends, family, relatives and even the news media. Linda Moses, the Zanies Manager, called Hanania at home before he left for the show to tell him, only two hours before the opening, that Mason isn't want him to be on the show.

    In this audio podcast, Hanania talks about all that the media coverage, Mason's hypocrisy and lies, and why Zanies and the news media sided with Mason, a famous Hollywood comedian and actor rather than with him, a SouthSide Chicago former Vietnam Era Veteran and former City Hall Newspaper reporter.

    Subscribe to Ray Hanania's free eNewsletter and get the latest columns and podcasts and information on his public performances and comedy shows by visiting www.SuburbanChicagoland.com. 

    Read Ray Hanania's column on this topic in the Arab News Newspaper by clicking here.

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    Support our Police, fight for the Blue Line in Mount Prospect

    Support our Police, fight for the Blue Line in Mount Prospect

    Support our Police, fight for the Blue Line in Mount Prospect

    Season 3, Episode 7

    Two Chicago Police officers were attacked by thugs who they pulled over during a routine traffic stop in West Englewood near 63rd and Bell Avenue on Saturday, August 7 at around 9 PM. One of the officers, Ella French, 29, was killed. The other was hospitalized.

    Had this been reversed with two minorities shot by police, there would be riots and protests and calls to defund the police. But instead the activists are fighting to defend the criminals and are stepping up their campaign to defund police and weaken police, exposing the majority of citizens who are law abiding to crime.

    This week, the radical League of Women Voters -- which claims to be non-partisan but is in fact one of the most partisan political organizations in America, and biased, too -- is helping to organize protests targeting the police in Mount Prospect, Illinois. What are they angry about? They are upset that the police there wear an emblem that supports Police and uses the popular symbol of a "blue line" among the stripes of the American flag. The League of Women Voters asserts the Blue Line is a symbol embraced by White Supremicists, bullying and demonizing law abiding citizens who recognize the Blue line as a symbol of support for the men and women who wear the blue uniform.

    Enjoy this podcast and read the special column not his topic by clicking this link.

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    The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    The hypocrisy of the Capitol Riot hearings by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    Season 3, Episode 6

    The protests that turned violent on January 6, 2021 have been turned into a political weapon that is being used to bludgeon critics of the Democratic Party and President Joe Biden. The advocates of the House Select Committee hearings on the so-called riots or the "insurrection" as the Jan. 6 protests are being described by the Democrats and the biased mainstream news media, assert falsely that critics of the hearings are defending the violence.

    That's not true of course. Anyone who engages in violence during the Jan. 6 protests at the Capitol should be prosecuted used with evidence and punished appropriately, based on the weight of their crimes.

    The real issue however is how the Democrats have closed their eyes to the other riots or insurrection that began on May 25, 2020 when George Floyd was killed by an irresponsible Minneapolis Police officer, Derek Chauvin. Chauvin deserved to be prosecuted but he did not deserve to be sentenced to 22 years in prison, as he was. The killing was unintentional, accidental, not premeditated. But to satiate their political base, the Democrats pushed for the harshest punishment calling anyone who defended Chauvin or criticized the biased, illegal process of the hearings racist.

    During the 4 to 6 hours of the Jan. 6 protests, anyone who engaged in violence should be prosecuted.

    But the May 25 killing of George Floyd that resulted more than 3 months of violence, looting, arson and even killing, those rioters should be prosecuted fully, too. But they have not been prosecuted fully. In fact, the Democrats who are screaming to Lynch the Jan. 6 "rioters" undermined the police response to the post-Floyd murder protests. Police were ordered in many cities to not get in the way of the rioters or the true insurrectionists who were destroying the fabric of America and posing as a real threat to American Democracy.

    Where are the Select Committee hearing son the post George Floyd killing riots and insurrection?

    That's the true hypocrisy.

    The Jan. 6 protestors who engaged inv ioelcne for four to six hours were Republicans who supported Trump. The May 25 rioters who engaged in violence, looting, vandalism, arson and even killing for more than three full months through the end of August 2020 were Democrats.

    Both should be fully investigated or none should be investigated.

    Read my column on the topic after listening to this podcast.

    Share this podcast and the column to raise awareness of the hypocrisy. We need to speak out against ALL violence, not just the violence that challenges a partisan political party as Nancy Pelosi is now doing. 

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    • 12 min
    The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees 7-09-21

    The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees 7-09-21

    The Crisis at the US Postal Service is bringing this country to its knees 7-09-21

    Season 3, Episode 3

    Opinion Columnist Ray Hanania takes on the topic that so few members of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress and the Biden White House don't want to address, the failure of the US Post Office to do its work, in this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics, July 9, 2021.

    Hanania talks about what he has learned from talking to some of the few USPS employees who are still working who complain that many of the USPS employees are at home collecting wages and using the Coronavirus as an excuse to stay home, not work and collect their salaries.

    The USPS bureaucracy has failed to provide answers, failed to release documents through FOIA and made every possible excuse to cover up their behavior. The mail is not being delivered. People are complaining about long delays days, weeks and Deven months and the impact is devastating to the public and taxpayers who pay the salaries of these employees who are at home collecting the full wages. The biggest victims are Senior Citizens who rely on snail mail more than any other group. They don't like to use online systems to pay their bills.

    And the biggest exploiters of the system are the Banks which charge exorbitant fees to block checks that have been "lost" in the mail. Those letters are not lost. They are sitting in undelivered piles at the US Post Offices around the country because the post office refuses to crack down on the COVID laziness, the COVID excuse. Employees can stay home and collect their money and do nothing thanks to mismanagement from the US Post Office.

    What needs to happen is the White House, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress need to convene investigations immediately into this crisis, and they need to start firing those over paid Post Office executives. Fire them and put new leaders in charge. Promote those few employees who are dedicated and are still working at their jobs and are not using COVID as an excuse. There are many great Postal Workers who deserve praise and they should be put in charge.

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    04-23-21 Election for Secretary of State & past races in Orland Park & Palos Township

    04-23-21 Election for Secretary of State & past races in Orland Park & Palos Township

    The election for Secretary of State: Past races in Orland Park and Palos Township

    Ray Hanania on Politics April 23, 2021: 

    Season 3, Episode 2

    Award winning Political Opinion Columnist and Radio Talk Show Host Ray Hanania looks at the upcoming election battle for Illinois Secretary of State and the recent hotly contested battles in Orland Park and Palos Township in this latest podcast episode.

    Alexi Giannoulias, the former Illinois State Treasurer, is leading the field of candidates hoping to succeed popular Secretary of State Jessie White who is retiring. The election is in March 2022 in the Democratic Primary and Giannoulias has already raised nearly $3 million, compared to other candidates that are hoping to win the state's most powerful employee government agency.

    That race follows in the wake of the contests in Orland Park where former Mayor Dan McLaughlin came within 300 votes of unseating rightwing fanatic Keith Pekau. And the race in Palos Township where extremist Arab and Muslim activists do what they always do -- drowning out an intelligent and strategic election campaign with yelling, screaming, anger, hatred and protests. The fanatics were fueled in their hatred by words posted by former Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan, who apologized for singled out Arabs and Middle Easterners in her political posts. Brannigan lost her bid to become Palos Township Assessor but not because of the extremists, but rather because the Democrats and Republicans backed Robert Maloney over Brannigan. How badly did the extremists do -- most of whom didn't even live in Palos Township? Well, they backed a decent candidate Marvate Mohammad to run for trustee.Not againstBrannigan but to block the election of moderate and smart candidate Tasneem Abuzir. Abuzir won election and became the first Arab Muslim Palos Township official. But she could have been more except that the extremists divided the Arab and Muslim vote.

    Click here for more info on the race for Secretary of State and the Orland and Palos elections.

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