Bribery or lobbying? ComEd 4 jurors will decide

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, By Rich Miller ComEd has long been a source of political patronage. The company’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement with federal prosecutors even references how former House Speaker Michael Madigan’s “old-fashioned patronage system” obtained ComEd meter reader jobs for its precinct workers. Madigan’s wasn’t the only patronage network to do this. It was a widespread practice…

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No appetite for restaurant after gov’t rudeness

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By Ray Hanania Palos Park is a quaint, forest-laden southwest suburban community boasting beautiful trees, wildlife, and amazing looking homes on lush land. Literally designed to be a park, the population is only 4,900. Yet, in that tiny picturesque island, you will find very disrespectful village council members. The council met Monday, Feb. 27, inviting…

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State must do better helping the mentally ill

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By Rich Miller Gov. JB Pritzker declared last week when announcing the formation of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center that the state was building “the best behavioral health system in the nation.” It was quite a bold thing to say. So, my associate, Isabel Miller, and I asked a couple of follow-up questions: How…

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Farm bill keeps food supply affordable 

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By Richard Guebert Jr. With winter weather on the horizon, farmers across the state are gearing up for another productive spring planting season. Once the frost melts and the soil temperatures rise, it will be time to hit the fields; but for many farmers, high prices for fertilizer, fuel and other critical tools remain a…

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Thanks to Foxx, criminals run free

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By Ray Hanania The 18-year-old man who reportedly murdered Chicago Police Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso was a known gang member who slipped through the judicial system because of lenient policies towards gun-wielding criminals by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Steven Montano allegedly shot and killed Vásquez Lasso on March 1 near 53rd and Sawyer,…

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Wackos plentiful in the public square

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By Rich Miller Last month, I wrote a tongue in cheek headline for my blog: “Poll conducted for IEA finds about 10 percent of Illinoisans are wackos.” The Normington-Petts and Next Generation Strategies poll of 1,000 Illinoisans conducted in January found that 11% strongly favor, “the fighting, yelling, or other contention at school board meetings…

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Pekau trying to silence his critics

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By Ray Hanania Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau has launched a campaign to silence his critics and expand his power by reducing accountability in Orland Park, the largest municipality between Chicago and Joliet. His most recent effort is to expand power is to remove Orland Park from the “confines” of state law that define a…

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100 Misguided Lawmakers Could Undermine American Universities

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. By Brian O’Shaughnessy American universities have long attracted the best and brightest from around the world. They come for the sophisticated research opportunities that prevail in academic labs — funded, in part, by American taxpayer dollars. But with taxpayer dollars comes political scrutiny. One-hundred members of Congress proposed a reinterpretation of the law that…

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Dems fight ‘extremist’ candidates

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. By Rich Miller Gov. JB Pritzker told reporters a few weeks ago that he was concerned about some local school and library board races. “There are organizations that are anti-LGBTQ, that are racist, they’re anti Muslim, that are supporting candidates for these local boards. And they’re trying to take over at a local level…

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Above all, let’s support Ukraine

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By Ray Hanania The terrorist regime in Tehran, Iran is providing weapons to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Iran is the same nation that supports terrorist militias that have targeted American soldiers who are fighting to eradicate the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Iran is partnering with Syria to block relief from getting to…

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