Centrists are few in abortion debate

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By Ray Hanania I support abortions when they occur very early in a pregnancy or when they involve situations where the mother’s life might be in jeopardy. I also believe that a woman should have the right to abortion when she becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest. But I don’t support abortion…

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Irvin gaslighting GOP voters

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By Rich Miller Almost every weekday since the beginning of February, the Richard Irvin campaign has sent at least one press release to reporters about a host of issues, from crime to taxes to corruption to former House Speaker Michael Madigan to, well, you name it. Last week, however, the Irvin campaign was conspicuously silent…

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Issues take a back seat in this race

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A lot of elections are pretty much cut and dry, easy to sort out, and good and bad candidates are distinguishable. But that’s not the case in the race for Illinois Secretary of State. There’s Alexi Giannoulias, a friendly guy who served one term as Illinois treasurer from 2007-11. I know him. Nice guy, but the…

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Continue investments in independent higher education

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By David W. Tretter After so much uncertainty and so many challenges, this should be a time of hope and optimism for students attending Illinois institutions of higher education – especially the independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities I represent in Springfield. For many, it is a time of looking to better days ahead. The Illinois…

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Welch wants ‘winners who work’

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I’ve mentioned before that House Speaker Chris Welch has said since the day he was elected to his chamber’s top job last year that he is fully committed to protecting all of his incumbents, whether in the primary or in the general election. That wasn’t always the case with his predecessor, House Speaker Michael Madigan.…

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Pekau can run, but can’t hide from truth about Orland Park crime

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By Ray Hanania Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau, who is using his taxpayer-funded office to promote his Republican candidacy for Congress, continues to twist, distort and exaggerate facts about crime in the southwest suburbs. Residents of Orland Park are very concerned about rising crime there. The “police blotters” have disappeared to make it seem like…

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Standing up for the startup

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By George Harris Google Home speakers are “smart,” to use the language of our times. They’re also stolen. That’s according to a recent ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission that found Google infringed on five patents from Sonos, a speaker company. The ruling prohibits Google from importing products that infringe on the patented technology —…

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GOP snit may be a blessing in disguise

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By Thomas L. Knapp Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee announced its withdrawal from the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has monopolized “major party” debates since 1988. The RNC, claiming bias on the CPD’s part in selecting moderators, pledged to “find newer, better debate platforms.” While the RNC’s reasons are self-serving, this may be…

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History is more than Harold

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By Ray Hanania There is no doubt that a bias exists in the mainstream news media when it comes to Chicago politics. For example, last week would have been Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s 100th birthday had he not died of poor health and eating habits on Nov. 25, 1987. I covered Washington from the day…

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Protect IP to keep American tech at the top

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By Paul R. Michel America can’t outcompete low-wage countries when it comes to manufacturing cheap, mass-produced widgets. But we can — and historically have — outcompeted every other nation when it comes to creating superior technology, from semiconductors and smartphone operating systems to advanced medicines. Unfortunately, this advantage is disappearing. Competitor nations have greatly improved…

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