Carjacking should be pol’s wakeup call

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By Ray Hanania A disturbing consequence of the violent and destructive protests after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020 was the far left’s clarion call, including from many African Americans, to “defund the police.” The call to defund police became a war cry of their movement, and received much political support. The irony…

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Rahm’s history of anti-Arab bigotry

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By Ray Hanania Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel was one of the most racist, discriminatory mayors Chicago ever had, although Mayor Lori Lightfoot is very close behind, ironically. President Joe Biden named Emanuel as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan this week, and it was approved by a contentious vote in the middle of the night by…

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Texts reveal tension between top pols

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By Rich Miller Matt Chapman, a self-described data nerd who runs a not-for-profit group called Free Our Data, recently filed Freedom of Information Act requests with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office. He wanted everything received by the Chicago Tribune this year via their FOIA requests. Chapman’s trove included text messages sent back and forth between Lightfoot…

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Catanzara is cure for what ails Chicago

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By Ray Hanania Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx have no solutions to rising crime, using a lot of smoke and mirrors and excuses to distract the law-abiding public from their failures. Often hiding behind a thin veneer of racism, Lightfoot and Foxx have empowered criminals, undermining police authority while pandering…

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Is Big Tech bad at business?

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By Andrew Langer Google just suffered a major defeat in its legal battle with Sonos. A judge ruled that Google infringed on five of Sonos’ audio patents. If the ruling is upheld, Google could pay hundreds of millions and face a ban on importing everything from Pixel smartphones to Nest speakers. This isn’t a trivial…

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Dem state rep should apologize for insulting behavior

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By Rich Miller Just a couple of months ago, more than 50,000 electronic witness slips were filed in opposition to a proposed legislative change to the state’s Health Care Right of Conscience Act. Whether you believe all of those filings were legitimate or not, that’s still a gigantic uproar about a bill which stopped employees…

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Our pols are soft at home, soft abroad

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By Ray Hanania It’s bad enough crime is rampant in Chicago and spreading throughout the suburbs. The Jussie Smollett scandal is icing on an ugly cake. Why does Smollett get a pass? Because he is friends with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and because his race makes him a priority ward…

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Peril at the top of Illinois GOP ticket

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By Jim Nowlan Candidates for one elective office can affect the outcomes for others on the same party ticket. For example, an unattractive or goofy candidate at the top of the ticket can depress turnout of the party faithful, thus depriving all candidates down the ballot of their votes. That is what scares the dickens…

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Pot ceasefire would make a great Xmas gift

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By Thomas L. Knapp You’ve seen the headlines. So have I. For example, a Nov. 23 story in my local paper (the Sun of Gainesville, Fla.): “Gainesville man charged with murder for Sunday shooting in dispute over marijuana deal.” It wasn’t a huge marijuana deal. It was a $180 sale. The seller apparently shot a…

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Challenging Illinois to prepare for the future

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By John T. Shaw Those in government rarely have time to extract themselves from the relentless rush of daily drama and urgent deadlines to think about the future. Former North Carolina Gov. Terry Sanford once observed there is no one in the governor’s office looking out the window, pondering the problems of the future. Former…

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