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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Elements of the Jewish press spent the recent municipal election wringing their hands, agonizing about whether anti-Semitism would rear its ugly whatever and cripple Rahm Emanuel’s campaign. Some naïve—perhaps paranoid—writers declared outright that Chicago would never elect a Jewish mayor.

When called for an opinion I tried to make clear that, though anti-Semitism certainly exists in this vast city, it would play an infinitesimal role. Absolutely nothing definitive if at all. The fact is, it’s hard to find a case in recent major elections where anti-Semitism played any significant role.
Given that …

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

State university employees would no longer get a discount on their children’s tuition under a proposal backed by a top state Republican. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, is sponsoring a measure to end the partial tuition waiver as a…

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

A former Illinois legislator named to Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s transition team has resigned over an ethics violation at a previous high-level state job. Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt confirmed Saturday that Judy Erwin had stepped down. Erwin told the Chicago…

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

* 2:07 pm – As you know by now, ICC Chairman Manny Flores was having big trouble with his nomination. He had opposition in the Senate because of past political differences and because of utility company opposition. He wasn’t going to be confir…

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Another budget-issue article, from NCReporter, all about damage from cuts: Responding to the demands of new tea party-backed members of Congress and concerns among independent voters about the growing federal deficit, the White House and congressional …

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

* My syndicated newspaper column looks at Speaker Madigan’s latest move…
After decades of dominating every tiny aspect of life in his legislative chamber, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan now appears to want his members to grow up a l…

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Americans for Prosperity has established itself as a leading voice in one of the great political debates underway in this country over government spending and how best to restore the fiscal solvency of governments at both the state and federal level. Yesterday, a group claimed credit for an attempt to silence our voice and to stifle that debate through an illegal attack on our website. While the political debate over government spending can be heated, we hope that even our opponents will join us in condemning this illegal attack on our free speech rights as unacceptable and irredeemable. Our country cannot meet the great challenges before us if we cannot have a free and open discussion about the threats that we face.

Americans for Prosperity will not be intimidated and will not be deterred from our effort to support responsible economic policies, including the efforts of Governor Walker and other democratically elected leaders in that state to balance the budget through common-sense reforms.

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Do you care whether the federal government shuts down this week? Almost 2 to 1, your fellow Americans are pushing for a shutdown rather than more and more spending. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 33%…

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is predicting compromise ahead as a possible shutdown of the federal government nears — and he seems prepared to back off some hard-line GOP positions himself.   In comments at a Chicago press conferenc…