Put aside pettiness, Mayor Lightfoot

By Ray Hanania March 27, 2020 Lori Lightfoot wasn’t my first choice for Chicago mayor. But when she won the election, I cheered with everyone else. I didn’t care that she is gay, African American or a woman. Those are irrelevant. Lightfoot presented herself as compassionate. Lightfoot probably won not because she had detailed solutions…

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JB on track with effort to fight COVID-19

By Rich Miller “We know now, just the fact of community spread says that at least one percent, at the very least one percent of our population is carrying this virus in Ohio today.” That was Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton speaking on March 12th, when Ohio had only five confirmed COVID-19…

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Time to pull together, stay together

By Rich Miller The Senate Democrats caucused by phone last week. Among other things, members heard updates about what is happening in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Senate President Don Harmon told members that he, the other legislative leaders and the governor are working on a list of must-pass bills. One of the bills…

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News media infecting public with hysteria

By Ray Hanania There are things about the new strain of coronavirus that bother me. I think most of it has to do with the way we have politicized everything in our very divided and polarized American society. I will start by blaming the biased mainstream news media. They are the main culprits. The media…

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Two years later, dŽjˆ vu in the 3rd

By Joan Hadac Two years ago, after Congressman Dan Lipinski earned enough votes to win the Democratic primaryÑand challenger Marie Newman made a juvenile, sore-loser remark on election night (saying publicly that she “would like Mr. Lipinski to have a very painful evening”), I used this space to throw in my two cents. Two years…

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Sandoval scandal overshadowed JB’s other ideas

By Rich Miller I’ve read and heard a lot of commentary about what Gov. JB Pritzker didn’t say in his State of the State address last month. Some folks are still quite angry that he didn’t address their pet causes. The previous day’s guilty plea by former Sen. Martin Sandoval prompted the news media to…

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Capitol leaders enabled corrupt pols

By Rich Miller “It’s hard for me to swallow how [people] make so much off of you. Right? And I gotta do the work.” That’s from the July 31, 2018 federal surveillance of now-former State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-11th) complaining, according to media reports, to one of the founders of the red-light camera company SafeSpeed.…

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A Super Bowl commercial we won’t ever see

By Ray Hanania Sitting in my confirmation class at Bethany Lutheran Church on Jan. 15, 1967 is when I first heard the term Super Bowl. It was originally called “AFL-NFL World Championship Game,” but Pastor Roy Ryden used the popular media term to describe it in a sermon about the importance of youth. Pastor Ryden…

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So far, so good for new Senate chief

By Rich Miller Give new Illinois Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) some credit. He’s made a few very solid moves since Jan. 18, when he was elected to his chamber’s top job. Harmon won a majority vote of his caucus before the full Senate voted. He had at least some support from just about…

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