Walter’s Perspective

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Rahm Showed For Jury Duty? Good For Him

Oh, what a nice days it’s been. Except for the damp and the grey outside, I had no reason today to be crabby, didn’t find a bad politician today to pick on.

CBS 2–02/05/2013

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan speaks to the news media at the federal courthouse following a verdict of guilty on all counts in his corruption trial April 17, 2006  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Walter’s Perspective: Leave George Ryan Be

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson takes a poll of commuters about the former governor of Illinois.


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Walter’s Perspective: New Property Tax Bills A Fascinating Read

Have you seen an envelope from the government of Cook County in the mail today, with news inside about how our tax dollars are being spent?

CBS 2–01/29/2013

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Walter’s Perspective: Beyonce Lip Synced? So What?

So the world suspects that at the inauguration ceremony on Monday, Beyonce did not sing the National Anthem. She lip synced it.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

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Walter’s Perspective: Chicago Isn’t Chicago Without The Pigeons

Chicago without pigeons is like Chicago without the lakefront, or the lions at the Art Institute, or the Cubs, or City Hall.


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Walter’s Perspective: More Of The Same Nothing From Lawmakers On Pension Crisis

It’s hard to believe, but there are some players in the news playing worse than the Fighting Irish.

CBS 2–01/08/2013

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Walter’s Perspective: New Gun Control Debate Is Encouraging

In the great debate about guns, there are some unexpected things happening in the wake of the horrific shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


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Walter’s Perspective: The Koschman-Vanecko Court Case Is Classic Chicago Way

The Koschman-Vanecko story has become a really big one.

CBS 2–12/11/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Hooray For Rahm Standing Up To Parking Meter Firm

There’s no cheering the Chicago Bears this week, so I’m looking for something else to feel good about; to say “that’s fabulous,” and “right on,” and “go for it.”

CBS 2–12/04/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Jackson Jr. Watch Is Thankfully Quiet

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson is grateful media coverage has died down about Jesse Jackson Jr., now that he has resigned his congressional seat.


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Walter’s Perspective: CTA Price Increases Hard To Swallow

It was a bad day today on the subway, knowing my 30 day pass is about to expire, and the cost of a new one’s about to go up next year.


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Walter’s Perspective: Nothing Crabby About Donating To Sandy Victims

Take it from a reporter who’s crabby all the time, or much of the time. Take it from me, that something wonderful has just happened in Chicago: hundreds of people called the Red Cross today to offer help to ease the suffering of Hurricane Sandy.

CBS 2–11/20/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Christmas Shopping Crowds Thanksgiving

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson talks turkey about the onslaught of commercialism and its impact on Thanksgiving.


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Walter’s Perspective: Tear Down Prentice

Not much is being said anymore about presidential debates, but in Chicago, there’s a hospital debate to talk about; a great debate about Northwestern University’s famous Prentice Women’s Hospital.

CBS 2–10/30/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Even Candidates Don’t Know What They Mean

Outside, on the Clark Street side of City Hall on Tuesday, a voter I met asked me about the presidential debate Monday night, which was watched by more than 50 million people.

CBS 2–10/23/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Mayor Needs To Find The Cash For More Cops

I have a subway story to tell you; on the Red Line this morning, the train talk was all about cops, cops, cops, cops. Kind of like President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talking all about jobs, jobs, jobs.

CBS 2–10/11/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Plenty Of Reasons To Celebrate Italian Heritage

I’m a day late, but not too late, because it’s never too late to celebrate Columbus Day, and add to my reasons every year for why we should stop thinking of Italians as godfather gangsters, and remember what they’ve given to the world.

CBS 2–10/09/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Let’s Make Sure Voters Win The Debate

Are you planning to watch the presidential debate on Wednesday? I am, to see what President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are like face-to-face, and hear what they say specifically about the economy.

CBS 2–10/02/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: Rahm Can’t Provoke Cops And Firefighters Like He Did Teachers

If there ever were one, this is an “ouch” time in Chicago, being on pins and needles about the teachers and the mayor.

CBS 2–09/18/2012

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Walter’s Perspective: I’ve Got My Own Slogans For The Teachers’ Strike

I’m all for getting into the swing of things – the crisis in public education, the slipping and sliding of our public schools, the boss man of City Hall, the boss woman of the Chicago Teachers Union, the parades, and those picket signs.