John Kass

Columnist Chicago Tribune

The son of a Greek immigrant grocer, Kass was born June 23, 1956, on Chicago's South Side and grew up there and in Oak Lawn. He held a number of jobs — merchant marine sailor, ditch digger, waiter — before becoming a film student at Columbia College in Chicago, where he worked at the student newspaper. He obtained an internship at the Daily Calumet in 1980, and ended up working there as a reporter until he left for the Tribune in 1983. He has won honors including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi national award for general column writing, the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Award for commentary, the Chicago Headline Club's Lisagor Award for best daily newspaper columnist and the Chicago Tribune's Beck Award for writing. He lives in the western suburbs with his wife and twin sons.

Recent Articles

  • Taxwinkle's pop tax crushed by taxpayer revolt

    Taxwinkle's pop tax crushed by taxpayer revolt

    Who’s the biggest loser in Toni Taxwinkle’s epic pop tax fail? Taxwinkle? Or Michael Bloomberg, the New York billionaire buttinsky who wasted more than $10 million of his cash on those insulting TV spots trying to convince us that that Toni’s pop tax was about public health? It wasn’t about public...

  • Rep. Jeanne Ives attacks Rauner’s weak right flank

    Rep. Jeanne Ives attacks Rauner’s weak right flank

    State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton, a conservative and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, may soon challenge a weakened Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary. “I’m seriously considering the option, with a serious game plan, we’re meeting with people and we’ll make a decision...

  • No pythons in Iowa among the Jell-O eaters

    No pythons in Iowa among the Jell-O eaters

    Who doesn’t need some happy news once in a while with all the depressing news out in the world? Like Toni Taxwinkle threatening chaos in the streets if we don’t let her tax our soda pop. That’s not happy. Meanwhile man-eating Indonesian giant pythons are gobbling unhappy peasants, whole, simply...

  • Rauner, lift your chin to the Golden Moutza of September

    Rauner, lift your chin to the Golden Moutza of September

    If ever a man deserved the Moutza of the Month, it’s pro-life Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania. Murphy reportedly asked his mistress to have an abortion when he thought she was pregnant. But all that came to light in October. And today we’re all about the Moutza of September. So...

  • The left swoops in on Las Vegas massacre

    The left swoops in on Las Vegas massacre

    The dead weren’t even finished dying in Las Vegas before the left swooped down to feed on gun control politics. So rather than allow even one day to reflect and mourn, rather than allow us to consider the heroism of the survivors and first responders in that Las Vegas nightmare, politics saw an...

  • No seats left on the government jet for cheapskate spendthrift Tom Price

    No seats left on the government jet for cheapskate spendthrift Tom Price

    If there's one thing worse than some smirking federal bigwig arrogantly wasting tax dollars on fancy charter flights, it's an arrogant cheapskate spendthrift. What is a cheapskate spendthrift? I just made it up. Think of (former) Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who reportedly wasted...

  • GOP backers abandon Rauner after broken promise on abortion

    GOP backers abandon Rauner after broken promise on abortion

    Is Gov. Bruce Rauner political burnt toast after he signed a controversial bill expanding taxpayer-funded abortion? Here's the thing about burnt toast: Toast can't spend millions of other people's money. Toast doesn't care if it is called out publicly as a liar and a betrayer by members of its...

  • A detailed grocery list might save your marriage

    A detailed grocery list might save your marriage

    So Saudi Arabia finally lets women drive cars — welcome to the 21st century, your highness — but here in America I've got another outrage to deal with. My wife doesn't want me to go shopping. This has nothing to do with gender, or male-female "roles," so please don't get your virtue signaling thumbs...

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