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[25 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Defending a proposed Aurora woman’s health center, pro-choice clerics recently took the high road. To deny access to abortion, they said in a Loop church, is to deny “moral standing” to people who want one, which is another way of saying we’re right and you’re wrong. Let’s not play that right-and-wrong game, if you don’t mind. Let’s get analytically philosophical, like the British did when I was getting scholastically philosophical in the 1950s.
First, health center. Chi Trib’s Eric Zorn tells us this center provides things besides abortion. Yes, but dear …

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[24 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

The Department of Homeland Security sued the state of Illinois on Monday to block a recently enacted state law that prevents Illinois employers from participating in a new federal citizenship verification program.
Illinois was one of five states with high illegal immigrant populations chosen to launch the federal government’s new “E-Verify” program, a free Web site that allows employers to check whether a job applicant’s Social Security number is valid

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[24 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Earl Gardner lounged on the street near his home just west of downtown Chicago, a 24-ounce can of Crazy Stallion beer in his hand.
A mile away, police Officer Al Garbauski slid a computer mouse to maneuver a camera that was perched a block from Gardner. Zooming in tight, Garbauski saw malt liquor meet mouth and sent an officer to arrest Gardner for drinking in public.
“I didn’t appreciate it, not one bit,” the 55-year-old Gardner said the other day. “The liquor store was closed when I got out (of custody).”
It might …

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[24 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

You’re a stakeholder in a multibillion-dollar enterprise.
Every year, you cut a check. Every year, you give more. Some years, you give much more — even if you live in the same house, work the same job, pull down the same pay.
Like it or not, you’re a contributor to big business — the big business of Illinois public schools.
This multi-part Daily Herald series will help you understand the financial side of your investment.
Other people do — people with a stake in the dollars and cents of public schools. Teachers. Unions.
Superintendents. Lobbyists …

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[24 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

Far from Conveying Freedom, His Group Gives a Whiff of Decadent Self-Indulgence
Appalling.
For one with a long history of conservative Republican political participation…and mine goes back to the 1952 presidential campaign of Robert Taft…the rally Saturday afternoon at the Hyatt-Regency hotel celebrating Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) could not have been a greater shock. Taft, son of the 27th president, was constitutionally (and this word is used advisably) unable to demagogue. His message of hoped-for return to the policies of the past did not contain many personal incentives. In place …

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[24 Sep 2007 | 135 Comments | ]

Far from Conveying Freedom, His Group Gives a Whiff of Decadent Self-Indulgence
Appalling.
For one with a long history of conservative Republican political participation…and mine goes back to the 1952 presidential campaign of Robert Taft…the rally Saturday afternoon at the Hyatt-Regency hotel celebrating Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) could not have been a greater shock. Taft, son of the 27th president, was constitutionally (and this word is used advisably) unable to demagogue. His message of hoped-for return to the policies of the past did not contain many personal incentives. In place …

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[24 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

“Which would be harder for you to survive without for three days, oil or clean water?” —Cameron Davis, President of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Davis has managed in one sentence to capture the essence of the debate over whether BP should be allowed to slightly increase discharges of ammonia and suspended particulate matter into Lake Michigan as part of a $3.8 billion expansion of its northwestern Indiana refinery.
For Davis, and so many others, the issue is one of absolutes: Do you want clean water or oil?
In real life, …

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[22 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

Two possible dates have been suggested for Pope Benedict XVI visit to Chicago, according to sources at the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Pope Benedict will be addressing the UN in April 2008, at which time he is contemplating side trips to Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Chicago.
As part of another planned trip to the International Eucharistic Conference in Quebec City, Quebec, scheduled for June 11, 2008, Pope Benedict may also make a visit to the United States, including a possible trip to Chicago and Bardstown or Louisville Kentucky.
Specific plans for the visits are …

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[22 Sep 2007 | No Comment | ]

What do you want in a President? What’s the number one thing you look for?
We’re watching the Presidential candidates campaign for our votes these days.
We’re watching them debate, make promises, define themselves on issues – and, if we’re true political junkies, we follow everything they say and do. After all, they want to become the leader of this great nation. They’re jockeying for the post powerful position in the world.
We’re hearing promises of free health care, better housing, better access to higher education, an end to the …

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[21 Sep 2007 | One Comment | ]

Dear Mr. Powers:
I’ll ask your readers three questions. First, is it OK to authorize increased pollution to Lake Michigan?
Thank you for asking us to respond to your open letter to the Alliance for the Great Lakes ( http://cdobs.com/our-columns/open-letter-to-the-alliance-for-the-great-lakes/, September 8), especially in light of some 233 million gallons of wastewater that discharged to Lake Michigan from recent heavy rains.
If your readers answered “no,” they’d get an A+ for the right answer to your question and the above question. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management gave BP’s Whiting refinery a National …