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In the Fall of 2016, Kass issued an apology to Chicago Tribune readers for participating in a documentary funded by a right-wing political group with ties to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The documentary focused on currenct Illinois House of Representatives Speaker Michael Madigan and his rise to power.
June 25, 1956
John Kass is a Chicago Tribune columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
The son of a Greek immigrant grocer, Kass was born June 25, 1956, on the South Side of Chicago and grew up there and in suburban Oak Lawn, IL. He held many jobs - retailer, ditch digger, waiter - before becoming a student of film at Columbia College in Chicago. There, he worked in the student newspaper and gained the attention of Daryle Feldmeir, president of the media department and previous editor of the Chicago Daily News. Feldmeir and media professor Les Brownlee helped Kass to obtain an internship at the Daily Calumet in 1980, where Kass worked as a reporter until he left for the Tribune.
Kass lives in the South suburbs of Chicago with his wife and twin children.
Kass also writes about lighter topics, particularly beer can chicken.
Kass's column appears on page 2 of the Tribune's news section.
Kass hosted, first with Jake Hartford and later Lauren Cohn, a talk radio program on WLS-AM radio weekdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Topics range from current events, local and national politics, as well as social commentary. His last show was February 26, 2015.
In October 2016, with the reopening of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, Kass urged her to step down as the Democratic Presidential nominee and let Tim Kaine take her place.
- "Chicago Tribune's John Kass to talk politics over breakfast at Elmhurst College". My Suburban Life. December 19, 2012.
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