On May 1, the era of East St. Louis mayor Robert Eastern III began in East Boogie. Fresh from an election in which he defeated Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks by nearly 1,000 votes, his “Heart for the People” ticket swept him into office on a promise of progressive change.

On May 1, the era of East St. Louis mayor Robert Eastern III began in East Boogie. Fresh from an election in which he defeated Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks by nearly 1,000 votes, his “Heart for the People” ticket swept him into office on a promise of progressive change.

East Boogie has been on a literal high for the past two weeks in celebration of the East Side Flyers’ crowning as the IL 3A division boys State Basketball Champions. Led by my cousin, star senior Terrence Hargrove Jr. (shameless plug) and coach Mark Chambers and overwhelmingly supported by t…

In East St. Louis, assault weapon fire has become so common that one hardly awakens from one’s nightly slumber because of the sheer frequency of shots being randomly fired.

As rapper Ice Cube might say, the November 6 midterm elections turned out to be “a good day” for Democrats, nationally, and for the Illinois Democratic Party in particular, including black candidates in the Land of Lincoln.

The non-clinical definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result or outcome. If that’s the case, then re-electing Gov. Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Illinois gubernatorial contest would be the craziest thing that Illinois voters could ever do.

The non-clinical definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result or outcome. If that’s the case, then re-electing Gov. Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Illinois gubernatorial contest would be the craziest thing that Illinois voters could ever do.

East St. Louis has struggled with a negative image for over 100 years. From the so-called race riots of 1917 to a present day reputation for rampant poverty, violence, crime, corruption and hopelessness, ESL has, unfortunately, become infamous on a global scale.

When you’re from East St. Louis, very little tends to intimidate you – not thugs, bullies, big shots, loudmouths or racists. Growing up in East Boogie teaches you to be somewhat fearless, if not tough.

For the past 22 years I could always hang my hat on three things: Illinois state government is corrupt, St. Clair County runs the East St. Louis political plantation, and state Senator James F. Clayborne is the consummate self-serving public serpent.

Former East St. Louis political godfather Charlie Powell is perplexed. According to a lawsuit filed by Fairview Heights attorney Penni S. Livingston, former head of ESL regulatory affairs Robert Betts and Powell allegedly conspired to “wrongfully” profit by retrieving salvage from two proper…