Dems’ intraparty rift may not matter much

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By Rich Miller Illinois Senate President Don Harmon decided last week to join House Speaker Chris Welch in his decision to not participate in the Democratic Party of Illinois’ new “BLUE Committee” structure. The state party chair, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, is barred by federal election laws from participating in any fundraising or spending of…

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It takes a village to end human trafficking

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By Mara Vanderslice Kelly Human trafficking is the act of compelling someone into work or commercial sex through force, fraud or coercion. It is illegal everywhere but happens every day in big cities and small towns across the United States. Human trafficking takes many forms: A foster care youth forced into commercial sex work by…

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The thrill is gone for first-time car buyer

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By Ray Hanania Do you remember that feeling when you got your first car as a kid? The excitement and thrill? My first was a 1962 Corvair. It wasn’t a hot rod, but it was reliable. A real memory. I feel bad because Kia has prevented my son from having that same experience. I bought…

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Census data may bolster Dem-drawn map

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By Rich Miller In the wake of last week’s Census numbers release, the news media has widely reported a seeming reduction in the number of white people, both nationally and here in Illinois. “Census shows U.S. is diversifying, white population shrinking,” the Associated Press reported. “Overall, in the five collar counties, the white population declined…

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Big Brother blocking Blago from ballot

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By Ray Hanania Rod Blagojevich was always his own worst enemy. An arrogant and selfish politician who cared more for himself than he did the people of Illinois, Blagojevich was an easy target for his many political enemies. His enemies — Republicans and Democrats — not only ousted him from office, but they inflicted punishment…

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Vax carrot failed, so Pritzker uses the stick

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By Rich Miller When Gov. JB Pritzker recently announced that state employees who work in congregate facilities would have to be vaccinated by Oct. 4, the largest state employee union, AFSCME, released a statement chiding the governor. “We strongly oppose any effort to define them as part of the problem,” the powerful union claimed on…

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These dancers are delusional

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By Thomas L. Knapp “We can dance if we want to,” sang Ivan Doroschuk of Men Without Hats in 1982. “We can leave your friends behind / ‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance / Well they’re, no friends of mine.” The song seems to be enjoying renewed popularity on classic hit…

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‘Small ball’ won’t fix city’s big needs

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By Jim Nowlan Not long after college, in the late 1960s, I was visiting friends on the gentrifying Near Northwest Side. My host couple and I took a stroll before a night on Old Town nearby. As we came upon the Armitage Avenue Methodist Church, we saw maybe a dozen young men lounging on the…

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