Grandma, Grandpa will pay off kids’ loans

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By Ray Hanania President Biden announced that he will provide college tuition relief estimated to be between $300 billion and $985 billion, depending on how many people apply. Why only waive debt for students? Why not waive mortgage debt for homeowners? Why not waive credit card debt? Why not waive hospital healthcare debt for people…

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Advocates reject pols’ symbolism on abortion

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By Rich Miller Back in early July, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Gov. JB Pritzker and the two Democratic legislative leaders, House Speaker Chris Welch and Senate President Don Harmon, issued a joint statement, which in part said: “We plan to work closely together for the remainder of the summer to…

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Bailey needs a bailout, quickly

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By Rich Miller The two days of partisan political events during the Illinois State Fair are like miniature, stripped-down, informal versions of national political conventions. They serve as a sort of kickoff to our fall campaign season, so they are usually closely watched by reporters who cover campaigns and by insiders. The speeches and organized…

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GOP has no chance with Morrison

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By Ray Hanania The headlines were encouraging for Republicans back in July. The Cook County GOP organized one of its largest candidate slates to challenge Democrats in November. It all sounded good on paper, and came at the right time, as the Republican Party was coming apart not just in Cook County in recent years…

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Chicago’s ‘safe life’ is long gone

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By Ray Hanania When I was younger, my dad would always talk about how beautiful the city where he grew up was, but how grateful he was to be able to come to and settle in Chicago. Of course, he was talking about Jerusalem, which long before his country, Palestine, was torn by war, was…

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Pritzker’s beat-down of Bailey will continue

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By Rich Miller The ongoing uproar over Darren Bailey’s 2017 claim that the Holocaust “doesn’t even compare on a shadow” to the lives lost to abortion reminded me of a scene in an old movie called “A Bronx Tale.” The claim Bailey made on Facebook exploded into view courtesy of a brutal TV ad by…

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Pritzker lives in a glass house

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By Ray Hanania Gov. JB Pritzker lives in a glass house, although it is padded heavily with a lot of the money he made through ownership of the Hyatt Hotels that he doesn’t think can crack. In July, the Jewish newspaper Forward published a story transcribing some of the comments Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey…

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Intra-party battle good for Dems

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By Rich Miller One of the biggest unsung winners in the fight for control of the Democratic Party of Illinois is House Speaker Chris Welch. The new state party chair is Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez, a member of Welch’s leadership team. Hernandez handled the delicate task of overseeing the redistricting effort in her chamber last year.…

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Why was teen carrying loaded gun?

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By Ray Hanania Last week, Perri Small, a friend and WVON-AM radio host, Facebooked me, asking what I thought of news reports of an Arab teenager who was beaten by Oak Lawn police? She noted, sarcastically, I “have no compassion for Black boys.” I had just heard of the incident, which took place on Wednesday,…

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Fed probe may expose reason for high med prices

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By Peter Pitts The Federal Trade Commission now has a golden opportunity to expose why so many Americans are getting fleeced on prescription medications. The agency has just voted unanimously to conduct an inquiry into the business practices of America’s silent medical middlemen, giant corporations known as “pharmacy benefit managers.” Such a probe is long…

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