Gov’t. meddling may kill scientific research

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By Walter G. Copan Bureaucrats are debating whether to take away patent rights on Xtandi, a prostate cancer drug, from its manufacturer. Activists have complained that the medicine’s price is too high. They argue that because the molecule behind the drug originated in a research lab that received federal funding, the government has the power…

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The Census Bureau owes us answers

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By Rich Miller Illinois peaked at 27 U.S. House seats after the 1910 Census and subsequent reapportionment. That lasted until the 1940 Census, when Illinois dropped to 26 seats in Congress. We’ve been steadily losing ground ever since. It’s not that we lost population, it’s that other states in the West and the South grew…

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Goldwater: GOP needs leadership in Illinois

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By Ray Hanania The Republican Party in Illinois has been in disarray for the past few years, with a wide range of people pulling it in every direction. But on May 20, mainstream Republicans who have the true spirit of the conservative movement in their hearts will gather to solidify their voices to rally their…

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Protect patients, patents

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By Kenneth E. Thorpe A U.S. team in Geneva reportedly made a deal with dire consequences for patients everywhere. They threw their support behind a proposal that would nullify intellectual property protections on COVID-19 vaccines. Though ostensibly intended to make shots more accessible, the deal will do the exact opposite by discouraging the research investments.…

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Cash advantage no guarantee for Irvin

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By Rich Miller Gubernatorial candidate Richard Irvin has spent tens of millions of billionaire Ken Griffin’s dollars introducing himself to Republican primary voters. Yet, a recent poll taken for WGN TV by Emerson College Polling shows he’s leading Sen. Darren Bailey by just 4% points, 24-20, with 19% split between the other four candidates and…

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‘Democracy’ not the issue in abortion debate

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By Thomas L. Knapp In the wake of a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion which, if it represents a final vote, would overturn Roe v. Wade, pro-choice advocates are marshaling their best — and worst — arguments against removing that ruling’s protections for abortion. As always, I’ll refrain from sharing my own opinions on abortion…

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Centrists are few in abortion debate

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By Ray Hanania I support abortions when they occur very early in a pregnancy or when they involve situations where the mother’s life might be in jeopardy. I also believe that a woman should have the right to abortion when she becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest. But I don’t support abortion…

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Irvin gaslighting GOP voters

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By Rich Miller Almost every weekday since the beginning of February, the Richard Irvin campaign has sent at least one press release to reporters about a host of issues, from crime to taxes to corruption to former House Speaker Michael Madigan to, well, you name it. Last week, however, the Irvin campaign was conspicuously silent…

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Issues take a back seat in this race

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A lot of elections are pretty much cut and dry, easy to sort out, and good and bad candidates are distinguishable. But that’s not the case in the race for Illinois Secretary of State. There’s Alexi Giannoulias, a friendly guy who served one term as Illinois treasurer from 2007-11. I know him. Nice guy, but the…

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Continue investments in independent higher education

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By David W. Tretter After so much uncertainty and so many challenges, this should be a time of hope and optimism for students attending Illinois institutions of higher education – especially the independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities I represent in Springfield. For many, it is a time of looking to better days ahead. The Illinois…

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