Give thanks to your local paper

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By Thomas L. Knapp Around Thanksgiving, I usually take a little time to think about who and what I’m thankful for. That seems to be the point, after all. This year, for various reasons, my thoughts and appreciation turn toward journalists, newspapers and other news media. Sometimes the people and institutions we rely on to…

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Pols used Rittenhouse trial as a weapon

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By Ray Hanania The Kyle Rittenhouse trial and case were turned into a political weapon to fuel the ugly polarization that has divided this country politically. That polarization has a political benefit for both sides. What polarization does is freeze people politically, and it prevents people from turning on their political leaders. In polarization, Democrats…

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Wrangling over state remap continues

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By Rich Miller Some Illinois House Democrats got a bit of a shock during a private caucus meeting held not long after the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed its proposed redistricting plan with a federal three-judge panel the other day. MALDEF is claiming the legislature’s district remap plan unconstitutionally discriminates against Latinos…

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Little thanks for vets’ service

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During my sophomore year at Northern Illinois University, I knew my life wasn’t going the way I wanted it, so I decided to enlist in the military. It was June 1973. Although President Nixon announced the Paris Peace Accords with North Vietnam in January, I was pretty sure the war was not going to end…

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Cryptocurrency gives power to the people

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By Thomas L. Knapp In a series of tweets earlier this month, “serial technology entrepreneur” Dave Troy outlined his view of cryptocurrency as “an ideologically-driven attack on the legitimacy of fiat currency, the @federalreserve, and the incumbent financial system,” and “the sequel to the January 6th” Capitol riot. Let’s dispense with the latter charge first:…

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Pandemic curveball after curveball

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By Rich Miller Governor JB Pritzker told reporters not long ago that he was worried about the plateauing COVID-19 hospitalization rate and said he wouldn’t yet lift his statewide mask mandate. But the governor told me something around the same time during an interview that he hasn’t yet said publicly: He’s most concerned about what…

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Biden plan a pittance for the elderly

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By Ray Hanania The headlines in the pro-Biden mainstream media assert the president is expanding Medicare benefits. But that’s not true. He’s going to allow Medicare to cover the cost of hearing. The truth is Medicare is a screwed-up healthcare plan. Medicare is supposed to help seniors, especially those — the vast majority — who…

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Local journalism in Illinois needs a lifeline

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By State Senator Steve Stadelman Democracy dies in darkness. Those words underscore the masthead of The Washington Post every day. Sadly, the light journalism brings to many communities in Illinois and across the country is dimming. In the past 15 years or so, more than 2,000 newspapers around the country have closed, especially in rural…

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Time will tell on teen abortion law repeal

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By Rich Miller I interviewed Gov. JB Pritzker a few days before his Democratic Party was stunned by losses and near-losses in Virginia and New Jersey last week. Now, I am not one of those folks who automatically believe that candidates should plan for the next election based on the most recent election results. I…

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Cancel culture creating a chasm

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By Ray Hanania When I was young, my family would gather together on Sunday nights to watch TV. One of our favorite programs was Bonanza, a series about a father and his three sons living out in a wild, wild Western frontier town near Lake Tahoe, Nev. in the late 19th century. It was a…

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