Voters need to stop hiding in the weeds

. By Ray Hanania . Let’s be honest. The choices we have for president next year are very flawed. You can find something you don’t like about every candidate. Some voters will close their eyes to flaws in order to vote against someone over some issue they don’t like, while others will vote for someone…

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Lobbying orgs need to re-think questionnaires

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. By Rich Miller . Imagine a lobbyist approaching a legislator and promising that if the member voted for a specific bill the lobbyist would contribute to their campaign committee. Lobbyists have been convicted here for doing just that, going back to at least 1982. Legislators would be violating state law if they made that…

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Get ready to tighten those belts

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. By Rich Miller . The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget released a revised state revenue and spending forecast last month for the current fiscal year and it’s pretty good. Its projections for next fiscal year, however, were not nearly as strong. Projected Fiscal Year 2024 revenues have been revised upward by $1.4 billion,…

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Holidays are different today

. By Ray Hanania . When I was growing up, a phrase I am sure younger generations hate to hear is that I really enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas. The focus was on family, food and fun. Kids got time off from school, and our parents had time off from work. But instead of going on…

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Start thinking for yourself

. By Ray Hanania . Congress and American politics is like a shell game in which the truth is slid in circle-eights and from side-to-side, replaced by lies, actions that completely contradict what is being claimed. Social Security is a good example of how this federal shell game operates and why Democrats in Congress have…

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Pols fail private-school kids

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. By Rich Miller . I don’t know whether or not the legislative Democratic leadership would have allowed a vote, but it is puzzling to me that the people behind the extension of the state’s Invest in Kids Act program didn’t at least try to run a bill that would have wound the program down…

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School board spat erodes confidence in Springfield

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. By Rich Miller . Chicago Teachers Union lobbyist Kurt Hilgendorf told the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Nov. 7 that the union had only “one problem” with Senate President Don Harmon’s elected Chicago school board bill. Hilgendorf praised much of the bill during his testimony. But the Chicago Teachers Union has claimed for years that…

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Pols care more about Israel than seniors, vets

. By Ray Hanania . In 2022, the Social Security Trust Fund had a $22 billion deficit, which shows you how little Congress cares about seniors compared to how they care about some foreign countries. When the deficit was announced, no Republican or Democrat members of Congress rushed to resolve their across-the-aisle political differences. Instead,…

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‘Shootings’ law misses its target

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. By Rich Miller . Back in May 2017, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson traveled to Springfield and promised a House committee that passing a criminal penalty enhancement bill he favored would drastically reduce gun crimes in his city. The bill, SB1722, was sponsored by then-Sen. Kwame Raoul, who would run successfully for attorney general…

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Pols ignore vets and homeless

. By Ray Hanania . President Joe Biden made it clear where he stands on the future of America during his rare address to the nation this past week. Biden addressed international and domestic challenges, vowing to provide more funding and armaments to Israel in the war with Hamas, to Ukraine in the war with…

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