Give the game back to the kids

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By Jim Nowlan Whenever I go to a high school or college football game, I cringe at the sight of players on the field, standing as if witless (which they aren’t), looking to the sidelines for instructions from the coaches for the play to call and defense to mount. I fear that coaches have taken…

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Pols’ actions are foreign to us

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By Ray Hanania Back in August, President Joe Biden introduced a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion budget package that would advance many of the programs embraced by the Democrats. It included a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan and a broader spending plan to fund programs favored by the Democrats. The plan would also…

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Regular Dems may win map battle

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By Rich Miller The Illinois House Redistricting Committee held its first hearing last week on new congressional and judicial subcircuit district maps at the Michael Bilandic Building in Chicago. Another half-dozen hearings were scheduled for the following seven days to redraw the maps, which have to be reconfigured after each decennial census. The hearings aren’t likely…

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A vision for a better Prairie State

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By Jason Heffley We live in one of the most politically dysfunctional states in the union. Our lawmakers in Springfield tax us too much, fritter away too much of our hard-earned money on wasteful spending, and devote most of their energies to serving their cronies in the political class instead of the people of Illinois.…

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Columbus Day is the new front line

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By Ray Hanania As a democracy, America is built on many principles. One of the most important is the principle that the majority rules. Provisions exist to prevent the “tyranny of the majority,” but the fundamental basis for everything we do in voting and governance is based on a majority to reach decisions, take actions…

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Pritzker, Harmon teams butt heads

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By Rich Miller At the end of August, after the Illinois Senate had been unable to find a consensus on the massive climate/energy bill and punted the issue to the House, I asked Senate President Don Harmon during a press conference why he hadn’t addressed Gov. JB Pritzker’s list of problems, legal and otherwise, with…

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Fire coverage shows Loop media arrogance

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By Ray Hanania The Chicago Fire Soccer Club was founded on Oct. 8, 1997, on the 126th anniversary of the Chicago fire that destroyed most of the city’s wooden buildings and homes. Chicago got a new start, and that same spirit fueled the excitement of the new soccer team. The Chicago Fire first played in 1998…

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Biden’s vax generosity may harm cancer research

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By Andrew Spiegel President Biden craves a cure for cancer. In a speech to Congress this spring, he vowed to “end cancer as we know it.” As vice president, he helped start the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Yet by giving his backing to a global waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, the president may…

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Dems may need to help enforce pandemic regs

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By Rich Miller After well over a year of successfully fending off every legal challenge to his executive powers during the pandemic, it now appears Gov. JB Pritzker might have reached the limits of his authority. The brick wall is the state’s decades-old Health Care Right of Conscience Act, which was originally designed to protect…

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Biden’s vax mandate isn’t about COVID-19

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By Thomas L. Knapp “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin,” President Joe Biden said on Sept. 9 as he announced his plan to require more than 80 million private sector American workers to consent (sic) to a COVID-19 vaccine, or submit to weekly testing, or be fired by companies with more than…

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