Is It the Politicians Or Is It the People?

Last week I had a chance to speak at a meeting of the United Business Association of Midway about Chicagoland politics, the Middle East conflict, and even got to perform a little comedy. Hey, I’m a baby boomer. That’s what we do! I made some points including: America can’t continue to jump into the Middle…

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Some of State’s GOP Roll No on Tax Hikes

Despite a long Illinois tradition of supporting them, it’s not exactly news that Republican members of the General Assembly no longer like voting for taxes of any kind. And that attitude created a couple of somewhat absurd positions last week. Let’s start with the Òroll your own” bill. Legislation has been proposed to tax a…

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Twisted Tale of Partisan Politics Is Lesson for All

Editor: A strange case in Tennessee got my attention. Now it’s before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, as the judges consider whether a political party has the right to overturn the results of a primary election conducted entirely in accordance with state law. Here’s the background. Rosalind Kurita ran for re-election…

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Poland Deserves Better From U.S. as Visitors

Editor: It is well past time for the United States to end its inexplicable and discriminatory policy of excluding Poland from its Visa Waiver Program. Poland and its many visitors to the United States deserve better Ñ and our nation would be well-served to keep that in mind. From consistently standing with the United States…

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House, Statehouse Are In for Bumpy Spring

Last year, the House was able to control the Statehouse budget process by releasing low-ball state revenue estimates early on and then vowing to stick to those numbers no matter what. The Senate Democrats wanted to spend more money, but were eventually stymied by the House’s revenue estimates. There was just no way around the…

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What Matters Most Is Results for Constituents

As your representative, my goal is to get things done to restore economic opportunity for the middle class, promote job growth, and make a difference in the everyday lives of Third District residents. I continue to work toward that end through my five-point Jobs Plan, which aims to modernize our infrastructure, strengthen American manufacturing, stop…

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Race Should Not Be An Issue in Politics

Race shouldn’t be an issue in politics, but when it is used to draw boundaries, we should be considering the interests of all of the racial groups involved. The 23rd Ward is a good example of how officials surrendered to the demands of one racial group in Chicago at the expense of many other racial…

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Quinn’s Budget Address Was Void Of Specifics

Back when Jim Edgar was governor, reporters covering his annual budget speech would always approach Senate President Pate Philip as he descended from the House Speaker’s podium after Edgar’s address to ask about his fellow Republican’s proposals. Eventually, or even right away, we’d hear an emphatic “No!” from Pate and then we’d pronounce a good…

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Now its Cook County ‘Board of Whatever’

They changed the name of the Board of Tax Appeals a long time ago because in the old days, the incumbents didn’t like the fact that many taxpayers only associated their property tax increases with that office. So they changed it to the Board of Review, to get rid of that annoying word ÒTax.” It’s…

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Pro-choice Group Files Suit Involving Illinois’ Campaign Contribution Limits

The pro-choice group Personal PAC has filed suit to kill off Illinois’ campaign contribution limits to certain political action committees. If the group succeeds, some candidates may start justifiably quivering. Currently in Illinois, contributions to state political action committees are capped at $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for corporations, groups and unions. Personal PAC’s lawsuit…

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