New map leads to nowhere

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By Ray Hanania Chicago politics is a politics of race and ethnicity. It always has been. It’s one reason why in Illinois, race means more than good ideas. Every 10 years, based on a flawed U.S. Census that excludes some races while exaggerating others, states redraw congressional district boundaries. Illinois will lose one seat, reducing…

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Time to punish Big Tech’s IP thievery

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By Kristen Osenga Owners of the Apple Watch might be walking around with “stolen goods” strapped to their wrist. In a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission this summer, medical device firm Masimo Corporation accuses Apple of stealing patented technology for measuring blood oxygen levels and incorporating that tech into the popular smartwatch.…

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Map battle still tilts Dems’ way

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By Rich Miller It has been a foregone conclusion since the official U.S. Census numbers were released in August that the first state legislative redistricting plan passed back in May would be ruled unconstitutional. The inevitable happened last week when a federal court tossed out the General Assembly’s spring plan. The official population data showed…

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Gov’t. needs to embrace, not hinder innovation

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By Quill Robinson President Joe Biden has pledged to cut America’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. He intends to meet this ambitious target through a wave of new federal spending and government programs. Yet, our best hope for reducing carbon emissions isn’t new government spending. It’s a technological sea-change–one that can only come…

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America needs to center itself

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By Ray Hanania Some people define those in the “political center” as hopelessly optimistic because having common sense has no meaning in today’s world. I call them Reagan Democrats, people who embrace the best of Democrats and Republicans advocating a common-sense middle ground. When you are in the middle, though, you are attacked and vilified…

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Need funds, not wands, to fight crime

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By Rich Miller Catholic priest and Chicago community activist Michael Pfleger has now twice called on Gov. JB Pritzker to declare a “state of emergency” over his city’s notorious gun violence problems. The first time was this past July, when Fr. Pfleger demanded that Pritzker issue a similar emergency declaration to the one announced by…

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Give the game back to the kids

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By Jim Nowlan Whenever I go to a high school or college football game, I cringe at the sight of players on the field, standing as if witless (which they aren’t), looking to the sidelines for instructions from the coaches for the play to call and defense to mount. I fear that coaches have taken…

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Pols’ actions are foreign to us

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By Ray Hanania Back in August, President Joe Biden introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion budget package that would advance many of the programs embraced by the Democrats. It included a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan and a broader spending plan to fund programs favored by the Democrats. The plan would also…

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Regular Dems may win map battle

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By Rich Miller The Illinois House Redistricting Committee held its first hearing last week on new congressional and judicial subcircuit district maps at the Michael Bilandic Building in Chicago. Another half-dozen hearings were scheduled for the following seven days to redraw the maps, which have to be reconfigured after each decennial census. The hearings aren’t likely…

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A vision for a better Prairie State

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By Jason Heffley We live in one of the most politically dysfunctional states in the union. Our lawmakers in Springfield tax us too much, fritter away too much of our hard-earned money on wasteful spending, and devote most of their energies to serving their cronies in the political class instead of the people of Illinois.…

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