Merry Christmas, and clean up that mess!

I live my life by certain principles. Don’t move next door to an airport and complain about the noise. Don’t buy a big home at a cheap price in a region filled with forest preserves, and complain about the coyotes. Stand by the door and watch your dog when you let it out! Pay attention…

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Rauner still won’t be in charge

12 21 2017 3 00 27 PM 4883630

“I’m not in charge,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said recently, “I’m trying to get to be in charge.” Rauner said he’ll “get to be in charge” by taking away House Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Democratic majority next year. Madigan, Rauner says, is “really” in charge of Illinois. The Republicans need to win nine net seats. So,…

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Durkin dead serious in primary battle

12 13 2017 8 54 01 PM 9015709

If you were worried that House Republican Leader Jim Durkin wasn’t taking his primary race seriously enough, think again. As you may already know, Leader Durkin is being challenged by Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub, who has backing from conservative activist Dan Proft and Operating Engineers Union Local 150. It’s a bizarre duo teaming up…

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Middle-class hopes unfulfilled by president

12 14 2017 12 23 41 PM 2914941

Bringing people together to solve problems and improve the everyday lives of middle-class Americans has always been my top priority in Congress. Unfortunately, not enough people in Washington make this their priority. Americans in the middle class know that they have often been forgotten or ignored. President Trump promised that he would change that by…

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Durkin dead serious in primary battle

12 14 2017 12 24 57 PM 8857476

If you were worried that House Republican Leader Jim Durkin wasn’t taking his primary race seriously enough, think again. As you may already know, Leader Durkin is being challenged by Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub, who has backing from conservative activist Dan Proft and Operating Engineers Union Local 150. It’s a bizarre duo teaming up…

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Few details from Pritzker on trusts

12 7 2017 1 06 07 PM 5335900

Last year, billionaire Democrat JB Pritzker derided Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for not releasing detailed income tax filings. “The question is who his investors are, and whether there are any in China or Russia that are affecting his personal income,” Pritzker said of Trump, adding that the future president was “obfuscating in order to…

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The bullying of Sharon Brannigan

Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan made some mildly offensive comments on her personal FacebookÊpage way back in January 2015 about “Middle Easterners” that were less about racism and more about the fears many Americans share. It tookÊtwo and half yearsÊfor Brannigan’s critics, mostly Muslim activists, to accuse her of “anti-Muslim” racism. The timing looks suspicious…

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Few details from Pritzker on trusts

12 7 2017 1 08 23 PM 5556847

Last year, billionaire Democrat JB Pritzker derided Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for not releasing detailed income tax filings. “The question is who his investors are, and whether there are any in China or Russia that are affecting his personal income,” Pritzker said of Trump, adding that the future president was “obfuscating in order to…

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The bullying of Sharon Brannigan

12 7 2017 1 13 06 PM 7971245

Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan made some mildly offensive comments on her personal Facebook page way back in January 2015 about “Middle Easterners” that were less about racism and more about the fears many Americans share. It took two and half years for Brannigan’s critics, mostly Muslim activists, to accuse her of “anti-Muslim” racism. The…

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Politics of predatory sexual harassment

Apparently to some, predatory sexual harassment is only a problem when the perpetrators are Republicans. Look at the case of Roy Moore, a former judge running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. Dozens of women in have accused him of sexually harassing them, nearly 40 years ago. The Moore accusations come in…

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