JB even bigger than Big Jim

By Rich Miller If you talk to the Statehouse old-timers, they’ll tell you they haven’t seen such a productive spring legislative session since Gov. Jim Thompson’s days. I think it’s probably safe to say that Gov. JB Pritzker cleared even that high historical bar this year, mainly because he had friendly Democratic super-majorities in both…

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Blame the bangers, not the cops

By Ray Hanania Newly elected Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed during her inauguration speech that “there is no higher calling than restoring safety and peace in our neighborhoods,” naming the fight against rising street-gang gun violence one of her top priorities. “People cannot É and should not É live in neighborhoods that resemble a war zone.…

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JB basking in glory

By Rich Miller The governor and his top staff showed again last week that they can make things happen under the Statehouse dome. To corral 73 votes for a graduated income tax constitutional amendment in a 74-member House Democratic caucus accustomed to extreme coddling and over-protecting its more politically vulnerable members was quite something. Nobody…

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The honeymoon won’t last, Mayor Lightfoot

By Ray Hanania In Russia or China, where justice is less about law and more about politics and tyranny, those accused of crimes are denied the right to defend themselves. They are punished. But in America, people are innocent until proven guilty. That’s why I served during the Vietnam War, why my father and uncle…

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Still hunting person who made death threats against pols

By Rich Miller As the spring legislative session nears its end, I want to take a moment to look back on one of the scariest times of the year with the hope that one of you might recognize something and help bring a deranged person to justice. You may have seen a brief news story…

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In JB’s world, the average schlep will pay

By Ray Hanania Ê In the last gubernatorial race, we allowed money to blind us. JB Pritzker bought the election because he spent the most on it. JB, as he likes to be called, spent nearly $200 million of his own personal wealth to win an office that only pays $177.412 a year in salary.…

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Pols recognize unions’ importance

By Rich Miller If you want to see how times have changed this legislative session, take a quick look at Senate Bill 1591. The Illinois and Chicagoland chambers have been pushing legislation all session to offer state incentives to data centers. A data center basically stores massive amounts of electronic information. Illinois has been a…

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Lightfoot can learn from suburbs

By Ray Hanania If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you might better understand the relationship that Chicago has always had with the suburbs. Chicago was the king and the suburbs were always its slave provinces. Nearly every Chicago mayor has had that approach. Suburbanites were viewed only as former Chicagoans who fled the…

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Anti-tax pols may be grandstanding

By Rich Miller If you listen closely to what Democratic state Reps. Sam Yingling and Jonathan Carroll are saying in public about their opposition to Gov. JB Pritzker’s graduated income tax proposal, they appear to believe that Pritzker’s proposed tax rates aren’t high enough. Yingling and Carroll are both demanding significant property tax relief. “In…

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‘Hate night’ TV will re-elect Trump

By Ray Hanania Friday night I tried to relax with my wife in front of the TV set to try to find some entertainment to get away from all of the hassles in life. After all, isn’t that what late night television is supposed to do, especially on a Friday night at the end of…

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