The best pols are easy to attack

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. By Ray Hanania . I was first introduced to Mike Madigan in 1978 by then Mayor Michael A. Bilandic. The amayor told me, a cub reporter at the time, to keep an eye on him because he was a “rising star.” As it turns out, Madigan not only was a rising star, but he…

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Pritzker turns thumbs down on Johnson demand

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. By Rich Miller . An oft-repeated $1.1 billion demand from Chicago’s mayor would actually wind up costing state taxpayers $5.5 billion. And Gov. JB Pritzker is turning a big thumbs down. Chicago Public Schools made the huge mistake of putting a ton of temporary federal pandemic aid into its permanent spending base for years…

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Do-gooders do good for themselves

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. By Ray Hanania . Many not-for-profits thrive on grants and funds that come from the taxpayers through government agencies, but they are not accountable to the public which funds them. Recent revelations about the La Grange-based LeaderShop, a social service agency which recently lost $300,000 in funding, has raised some serious issues about the…

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Turf tussles prevent transit reform

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. By Rich Miller . A little-noticed bill passed both the Illinois House and Senate that will generate $300 to $400 million a year for local governments, including $95-127 million for the Regional Transportation Authority. The bill (SB3362) will help capture sales tax revenue from more out of state retailers and in-state retailers who ship…

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Pritzker wants to buy his way to White House

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. By Ray Hanania . There is no office that Gov. JB Pritzker doesn’t think he can’t buy. But that shouldn’t bother you. What should bother you are Pritzker’s policies, which he has pushed to position himself to buy his way into the White House. President Biden’s failed performance at the debate with former President…

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Orland Park once had a great mayor

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How do you assess the failures of Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau? Compare him to his predecessor when it comes to helping people. In July 1996, when Dan McLaughlin was mayor, a dozen areas of Orland Park had been slammed by heavy rainstorms and extensive flooding that caused massive property damage. The Village of Orland…

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Biden must step down, leave gracefully

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. By Ray Hanania . I covered the debate in Atlanta between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. I was shocked at Biden’s performance. CNN had done everything to help Biden by curtailing Trump’s rambunctious style, preventing him from “interrupting” the debate with Biden as he did 190 times when they met four…

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Times have changed for state Dems

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. By Rich Miller . During the last couple weeks of the spring state legislative session, Senate President Don Harmon got whacked twice by allies, including Gov. JB Pritzker, but still managed to keep his cool. On May 14, the pro-choice powerhouse group Personal PAC issued a blistering press release blasting the Senate super-majority for…

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What about the needs of Americans?

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. By Ray Hanania . It’s amazing how America is being forced to accept migrants, undocumented and foreigners who enter this country illegally by ignoring our immigration laws and system. These illegals are given all kinds of benefits, including housing, shelter, food, funding and even “documentation services” including getting driver’s licenses from Gov. JB Pritzker.…

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Far right gets what’s left of GOP

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. By Rich Miller . As you’ve probably heard by now, Illinois Republican Party Chair Don Tracy announced his resignation last week, apparently effective the day after the Republican National Convention concludes on July 18. The announcement came after far-right activists forced out the state party’s vice chair, Mark Shaw, and the resignation of the…

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