No toilets in a JB’s glass house

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By Ray Hanania Governor JB Pritzker, the Daddy Warbucks of political hypocrisy, attacked several legislators this past week, demanding that they resign from office. One is State Senator Emil Jones III, a Pritzker critic, who is facing federal bribery charges. The charges against Jones are similar to charges filed against several other legislators, but Pritzker…

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Pritzker hits back against far-right paper

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By Rich Miller Far-right activist Dan Proft has proved time and time again that he is very effective at calling attention to himself and getting under Gov. JB Pritzker’s skin in the worst way. Proft’s newspapers have, for instance, published several articles with photos of Pritzker’s daughter. Sometimes the stories were wrong, like when a…

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Plenty of half-truths about Safe-T Act

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By Ray Hanania I was on a business trip to meet my Middle East editors in Las Vegas this past weekend, and the questions about Chicago crime and even the Safe-T Act were coming at me from every direction. The cab driver wondered if all hell had broken loose in Chicago under that “alien-looking mayor…

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GOP gets aggressive on crime

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By Rich Miller Four distinct attacks have been launched against Gov. JB Pritzker and Democratic legislators in the past couple of weeks. “The Scream”: If you watch Chicago TV, you likely saw a striking TV ad called “The Scream.” The ad featured surveillance camera video of a white woman being mugged in broad daylight by…

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Joyce book a journey through city’s history

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By Ray Hanania Jeremiah Joyce was always a complicated but brilliant and astute politician. I had the privilege as a community and City Hall reporter of getting to know him during a tumultuous political time in Chicago’s history. So I always saw him as a factor influencing the political events that swirled around the city…

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Geography, ideology are against Bailey

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By Rich Miller I was looking for something else recently on Scott Kennedy’s Illinois Election Data website and noticed he had voter turnout numbers from statewide races since 1990. We all know that Downstate has lost a significant amount of its political importance, but the numbers really help illustrate this decline. In 1990, 42% of…

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Illinois is losing a great unifier

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By Rich Miller Way back in 1996, I spent a few minutes walking around the Chicago-based Democratic National Convention with then-House Minority Leader Michael Madigan. Madigan at the time was working to regain his chamber’s majority after the 1994 national Republican wave combined with the Republican-drawn legislative district maps to knock the Speaker’s gavel out…

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Never bet against America’s workers

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By Marty Walsh On Labor Day we honor the achievements of America’s workers, and in 2022 we have a historic victory to celebrate. Our nation’s working people have come all the way back from the depths of a global pandemic, regaining every job lost and more. This milestone seemed impossible to reach on Labor Day…

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Grandma, Grandpa will pay off kids’ loans

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By Ray Hanania President Biden announced that he will provide college tuition relief estimated to be between $300 billion and $985 billion, depending on how many people apply. Why only waive debt for students? Why not waive mortgage debt for homeowners? Why not waive credit card debt? Why not waive hospital healthcare debt for people…

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Advocates reject pols’ symbolism on abortion

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By Rich Miller Back in early July, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Gov. JB Pritzker and the two Democratic legislative leaders, House Speaker Chris Welch and Senate President Don Harmon, issued a joint statement, which in part said: “We plan to work closely together for the remainder of the summer to…

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