Working for a better Illinois, always

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. By Tim Drea and Pat Devaney This has been a long, hot labor summer for workers across Illinois, and climate change cannot be blamed. This Labor Day, we take time to remember the sacrifices made over many decades by the thousands of working men and women across Illinois. We thank our policymakers in Springfield…

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Pritzker plays both sides of nuke debate

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. By Rich Miller Gov. JB Pritzker has taken some heat for vetoing legislation to eliminate the state’s decades-old moratorium on constructing new nuclear power reactors. Pritzker was asked about the topic again last week and he said he would sign a version of the bill if it limited new construction to only what are…

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Hypocrisy weakens our country

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. By Ray Hanania Despite the misleading rantings and personal attacks from people on the left, who believe stating “facts” is the same thing as “having” facts, former President Donald Trump is positioned to easily win the Republican Party nomination next year. The only uncertainty in the election is whether or not the four indictments…

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This is real life, not a movie

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. By Rich Miller I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand why Tim Mapes allowed himself to be put into this situation. Not one of the lies former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s former chief of staff is accused of telling a grand jury while under a grant of immunity was about illegal activity. During…

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Praise Pritzker for blocking Tinley casino

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. By Ray Hanania Legislation signed by Gov. JB Pritzker last week does two important things for Tinley Park and the southwest region. It secures a productive future for the long-abandoned Tinley Mental Health Center, giving it to the Tinley Park District to convert into additional services for the public. The park district is non-political,…

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Need to fund murder victims burial law

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. By Rich Miller Serabi Medina’s family is currently raising money online to pay for her funeral. You’ve probably read or heard about how the nine-year-old girl was allegedly deliberately shot in the head and murdered by a neighbor in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood earlier this month. But the fundraising shouldn’t be necessary. Last year,…

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We’re distracted from the issues

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. By Ray Hanania Nothing distracts people from the failings of a politician more than when the news media exaggerates its hate against that politician. That’s the case with Donald Trump, who was a mediocre president who couldn’t stop himself from engaging in the pettiest manner with the always-petty news media. Instead of focusing on…

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GOP wrong on new cop law

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. By Rich Miller Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Miller helped ignite a firestorm over the weekend of July 29 when she expressed her disgust on social media with Gov. JB Pritzker. Miller (no relation) claimed on Twitter that Pritzker had signed a bill late on a Friday afternoon “to allow illegal immigrants to become police…

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SAFE-T Act ruling came down to semantics 

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Both the majority and minority opinions in the Illinois Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the SAFE-T Act last week claimed the other side was ignoring the “plain language” of the Illinois Constitution. Each focused on a single, but different word. As the all-Democrat majority noted, the judiciary must look at the “plain language used in…

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Coin collectors celebrate Morgan silver dollar release 

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To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the last issue of the Morgan silver dollar, the U.S. Mint announced it would re-mint the Morgan silver dollar beginning in 2021. I am a big coin collector and my favorite coins are the Indian head pennies, buffalo nickels, Mercury dimes, the old 3 cent pieces, the half pennies,…

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