Intra-party battle good for Dems

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By Rich Miller One of the biggest unsung winners in the fight for control of the Democratic Party of Illinois is House Speaker Chris Welch. The new state party chair is Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez, a member of Welch’s leadership team. Hernandez handled the delicate task of overseeing the redistricting effort in her chamber last year.…

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Why was teen carrying loaded gun?

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By Ray Hanania Last week, Perri Small, a friend and WVON-AM radio host, Facebooked me, asking what I thought of news reports of an Arab teenager who was beaten by Oak Lawn police? She noted, sarcastically, I “have no compassion for Black boys.” I had just heard of the incident, which took place on Wednesday,…

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Fed probe may expose reason for high med prices

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By Peter Pitts The Federal Trade Commission now has a golden opportunity to expose why so many Americans are getting fleeced on prescription medications. The agency has just voted unanimously to conduct an inquiry into the business practices of America’s silent medical middlemen, giant corporations known as “pharmacy benefit managers.” Such a probe is long…

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Housing alone won’t fix homelessness

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By Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson No matter how bad the homelessness problem looks in other metropolitan areas, they pale compared to California’s. While the state accounts for not quite 12% of the U.S. population, roughly 28% of the nation’s homeless are in California. The lesson: Don’t copy the Golden State’s policies for mitigating homelessness…

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Stop the world, I want to get off

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By Jim Nowlan Even though we are overall much better off than our grandparents in wealth, health and lifespan, many of us are unsettled, deeply concerned and even jittery about how the movie of life is playing out. Stop the world, I say, I want to get off. First, some context. From reptiles to humans,…

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Top CAT execs erode trust in corporate America

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By John T. Shaw Editor’s Note: This op-ed was distributed by Capitol News Illinois on behalf of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. Like many Illinoisans, I was saddened to learn that Caterpillar Tractor Company is moving its world headquarters from our state to Texas.…

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Pritzker, Lightfoot are record holders

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By Ray Hanania Governor JB Pritzker has so much money he can pretty much do whatever he wants, including helping to elect the Republican he preferred to run against in November. There is absolutely no doubt that Pritzker, either directly or indirectly, used money to slam all of the Republican gubernatorial candidates in the past…

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It doesn’t have to be this way

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By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Today I begin on a note of profound sadness. One of our own, a Garfield Ridge police officer, took her own life recently. I normally don’t name suicide victims, but CPD Officer Patricia “Patsy” Swank left a young son behind, and her…

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50 years later, alum looks forward to class reunion

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By Bob Bong It seems like only yesterday I was one of the Meteors donning a purple cap and gown and preparing for commencement as a member of the T.F. North High School Class of 1972 in Calumet City. Ours was to be the first outdoor graduation. We practiced a few times. On graduation day,…

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Welch, Durkin may wind up an odd couple

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By Rich Miller During a sometimes-fiery interview last week, House Speaker Chris Welch pledged to tie House Republican candidates to the far-right top of their ticket and called House Republican Leader Jim Durkin a “failed leader.” A Durkin spokesperson, in turn, called Welch “unhinged.” It started when I asked Welch if he thought gun law…

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