Pols tune out cable TV reform

By Ray Hanania Never mind that a cable TV subscription can cost as much as a car payment and is probably the most expensive utility that most average Americans have today. Forget about the lie that they told us that when you paid for cable TV you were paying for advertisement-free television that would give…

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You can’t remake movie greatness

By Ray Hanania Imagine, they decided to do a remake-sequel of Mary Poppins, the memorable 1964 movie blockbuster. What better way to besmirch the memory of a phenomenal movie than to remake it with new actors? That’s the problem with Hollywood. They have no imagination anymore–just remakes, stealing memories of the past and trying to…

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Plenty of jockeying in race to replace Cullerton

By Rich Miller Sen. Steve Landek (D-Bridgeview) and other Senate Democrats have been meeting since the 2018 session as part of a loosely affiliated group that calls itself the “X Caucus.” They apparently didn’t know what to call themselves, so “X” filled in the blank. The X Caucus is comprised of some of the more…

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Everyone’s an expert in high-tech world

By Ray Hanania When I compare today with what we had 40 years ago, I find myself wishing we could go back to a period that was better. Despite all the technology advances that we have, I think having a simpler life was more satisfying. Probably the worst thing to happen to us over the…

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Chicago’s odd couple is at it again

By Rich Miller The oddest political couple in the state’s Democratic Party is teaming up again. Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-22nd) is backing yet another young protŽgŽ of progressive U.S. Rep. Jesœs “Chuy” Garc’a (D-4th) for the Illinois House at a time when other people appear to be distancing themselves from or even…

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Ray Hanania: Man body-slammed by Chicago police deserved it

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I am sick and tired of people badmouthing police, especially in Chicago. Last week, a video surfaced showing a police officer body slamming a man onto the street and curb. Looking at the video alone, it certainly is disturbing. But when you hear the details the led up to the videotaped incident, details not depicted…

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Madigan himself needs to fix problems

By Rich Miller The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Mike McClain, the most prominent insider connected to House Speaker Michael Madigan, sent a blind-copied email to what he called the “Most Trusted of the Trusted” asking for help raising money in the closing weeks of the 2018 campaign. After thanking them for their work on…

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A day to give thanks and reminisce

By Ray Hanania Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; next to election day, of course. I don’t like to think about what we did to the Native Americans, though. I’ve read too many stories about that injustice. We could have treated them better, although maybe both sides could have treated everyone better. But Thanksgiving has so…

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Senators jockeying to replace Cullerton

By Rich Miller Much will change at the Statehouse when Senate President John Cullerton retires in January, a year before his term expires. Unlike his House counterpart, Speaker Michael J. Madigan, Cullerton always wanted to find ways to get things done – and he got a lot done. He’s a kind, approachable man who prefers…

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Left is doing its best to block Bloomberg

By Ray Hanania Democrats in the House will probably end up impeaching President Donald Trump. It’s unlikely that it will go much further than that and will be stopped in the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. No one really cares about the real issues in all this. It’s all about partisan politics: which side…

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