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[15 Jan 2018 | 3 Comments | ]

Jerry Seinfeld joked that his TV series was “a show about nothing.”
One might say Bruce Rauner’s term is “an administration about nothing.”
Rauner acknowledged as much when he said, “I am not in charge.”
And now, Rauner wants the voters to renew his show about nothing. He is asking us to re-elect a man who is not in charge.
As we prepare for the 2018 gubernatorial race, only thing is certain.
We are in big trouble.
That is hardly news. We’ve been on that fast track for years.
The difference this time is that, …

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[11 Aug 2017 | 4 Comments | ]

The 2017 Illinois State Fair opened yesterday, so this seems like a good time to compare the state fair to the state of Illinois as a whole.
The state fairgrounds are in terrible shape. So is the state.

You can see it in the roads and bridges, the train stations, and more. And you can see it on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Illinois is falling apart, and the politicians don’t care
The Coliseum building, the most popular attraction at the fair, is closed. It may be years before it opens again. I have …

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[31 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

One story that has not been told until now is how the Chicago Bears were persuaded to move their summer training camp from Platteville, Wisconsin, to Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Summer training camp had been at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for 18 years. But in March 2001, the Bears announced they would seek a new site. Universities and colleges on the list as possible sites were Olivet Nazarene University  in Bourbonnais, Millikin in Decatur, Illinois State in Normal, Southern Illinois in Carbondale and Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Northern Illinois in DeKalb, University …

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[10 Nov 2016 | One Comment | ]

The election of Donald Trump was a shock and a surprise – only to Clinton supporters who believe that everyone thinks (or should think) the way they do.
TV commentators, almost all of whom beat the drum for Hillary Clinton this past year, called the election an upset. An upset? It’s not an upset just because the pundits predicted Clinton would win.

They should have asked the American people before declaring their choice an upset.
I remember 1972, when McGovern supporters believed he would easily defeat Nixon. They were stunned when Nixon carried …

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[5 Oct 2016 | One Comment | ]

I have just one thing to say to Hillary Clinton’s supporters, and that includes most news organizations and commentators.
Get a grip on reality!
Clinton dismissed half of America as a “Basket of Deplorables” simply because they support someone besides her.

Most people didn’t like Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” crack, not so much because it is insulting to them, but because they resent a remark which they see as being typical of the arrogant elite who has contempt for anyone with a different view.
The arrogant elite thinks anyone with a different opinion is …

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[15 Jan 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

While many people are divided on whether Governor Bruce Rauner will be able to turn around our state’s dire condition, there is one thing most people agree upon.
They are glad that Pat Quinn is finally gone.
Quinn’s sour puss and petty character stayed with him from his days as Rod Blagojevich’s lieutenant governor until the day Rauner took the oath that sent Quinn into forced retirement.
Forced retirement? No, Pat Quinn was fired.

On election night, Quinn refused to concede. On inauguration day, Quinn refused to attend the ceremony of his successor.  Editorial …

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[31 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

From the July 3, 2010 Chicago Daily Observer
The Supreme Court ruling that limits enforcement of the “honest services” statute has renewed talk of releasing George Ryan from prison.

Efforts to spring Ryan from prison have been made on several occasions, and seem to come around as regular as clockwork. Only the circumstances of the pleas change. Sometimes it is because Ryan is ill. Or his wife is ill. Or because Ryan feels bad about what happened.
This time, Ryan will use the court ruling as his angle. But the ruling didn’t strike …

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[29 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]

It is time for the politicians to finally do something to stop the gun violence in this country. The incidents of slaughter in recent years have been appalling. Twenty-six people shot dead at a school in Newtown, Connecticut,, on Dec. 14, 2012. Twelve killed in the shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, theatre on July 20, 2012. Six killed on Jan. 8, 2011, when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was wounded. Thirty-two shot dead at Virginia Polytechnic on April 16, 2007. Thirteen shot dead at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. The list goes on.
In each incident, there has been …

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[19 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

The drumbeats are sounding again about making the “rich” pay their “fair share” in taxes.
Liberals want to know why anyone would be against fairness, and why those who have more should not have to pay more. Conservatives want to know why the money they worked hard to earn should be forcibly taken from them and given to those who did not, and will not, work for it.

It’s a debate that will not win converts from one side to the other.
With today’s liberals, it is not really about fairness. It is …

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[13 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

After the recent Democrat National Convention, I am once again left wondering why anyone would be a Democrat.
I used to think the two political parties were like opposing teams, like the Bears and the Packers – each party had different views on how to govern, but primarily they were just two rival teams looking to score the most points for themselves.

That much hasn’t changed. But a new element has been added, the “true believers,” the people who are fanatic in their ideology. Fanaticism for their beliefs almost is more important …