Nation Guide: Report From Chicago

On a bitter cold February night, close to 100 Chicago area liberals braved the weather to attend “The Nation Guide To Living Liberally”, a night of comedy, music, and guest speakers celebrating liberalism in Chicago and the release of “The Nation’s Guide To The Nation”.

The event, hosted by Chicago’s Drinking Liberally and Laughing Liberally Local 312 took place at the fabulous No Exit Café in Roger’s Park, which is featured in the Nation Guide along with it’s sister establishment, the Heartland Café. Another business featured in the Nation Guide, local book store Quimby's, was on hand to sell copies of the book.

The night featured stand-up comedy from the hysterical James Fritz and Carrie Callahan. The Accountants of Homeland Security, Chicago's Laughing Liberally Local 312, performed sketches including one envisioning a paranoid George W. Bush, six months from today, having completely fallen off the wagon and fearing prosecution for his war crimes.

"Nixonland" author and historian Rick Perlstein gave a talk on Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood worthy of any stand-up comedian. Tracy Van Slyke of the Media Consortium gave an fascinating speech on the new progressive media landscape.

Songwriter Lauren Maul serenaded the crowd with hysterical songs about the Wall Street bailout and shopping at Wal-mart.

And finally, yours truly, Matthew Filipowicz, had the honor of performing and screening some of my Headzup political cartoons.

After the show, as the audience and performers drank, mingled and talked politics, author, labor lawyer and IL-5th Congressional Candidate Tom Geoghegan stopped by to chat with all of us.

All in all, the night completely accomplished what Living Liberally and "The Nation Guide To The Nation" set out to do. It provided an opportunity for liberals from different backgrounds to connect with each other. To bring politics into their everyday lives. And to have a great time while they do it. Don't believe me? Take a look at the pictures and tell me that doesn't look like fun.

The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, formerly known as "The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business" and "Chicago GSB", is one of the leading business schools in the world, the second oldest in the United States, the first to offer the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, and the first to initiate a PhD program in Business. The school was renamed in honor of David G. Booth of Dimensional Fund Advisors for his $300 million endowment on 6 November 2008, which Booth described as a "partnership distribution" based on the long-term contribution to his life's success by his alma mater. Its flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois on the grounds of the university at large. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Singapore, and downtown on the Magnificent Mile. While recognized for the excellence of its graduate business programs in general, the school's research reputation is particularly notable in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing and accounting. The school's global alumni network consists of leaders in for-profit, non-profit, governmental, public policy and academic enterprises. Small business loans or loans to help a person start a small business are one of the most used financial products. Small business loans are harder to get these days due the credit crunch. Obama has pledged to hold banks accountable for accepting bailout money. Because of this, it should be easier to get short term loans for business from banks. Small businesses created about 70% of new jobs in the last ten years, according to some estimates. It is one of the cornerstones of the American economy – remember that Apple and Microsoft both began with someone getting small business loans.