Posts in category "Illinois politics"

Think Chicago's bad? Check out Illinois

Mike “Mish” Shedlock, a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management, takes apart the figures on Illinois’ unfunded pensions. He adroitly explains the legerdemain that goes into making the numbers look better than they really are. In other words, Illinois could be in even worse shape than commonly believed. For information on my award-winning... Read more »

Judy Baar Topinka's departing words

No, not her last words before she died. That’s too personal. I’m talking about Judy Baar Topinka’s last words as the Illinois State Comptroller, the message that every Illinois resident or taxpayers should note well. Her words of warning. So many people have written fondly of their memories of this wonderful woman and dedicated public... Read more »

Illinois Legislature not the best place to learn how to compromise

Or for learning wisdom. President Barack Obama is meeting today with Congressional leaders, hoping to figure out a way to move forward with the nation’s business. Compromise  and swallowing your pride will be required. So, while most of those he’s having lunch with are experienced hands at lawmaking, of which compromise is an integral part,... Read more »
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The joy of negative voting

This is Election Day, and I’m proud to cast my vote against the assorted utopians, finaglers and totally self-involved who are running Illinois and America into the ground. Sure, I know that goes against proper thinking handed down from the high-minded. We’re supposed to vote for, not against, a candidate. Otherwise, we’re guilty of negativism,... Read more »

As always, in this Illinois election, don't trust Terry Cosgrove or Personal PAC

If you’re planning to vote in next week’s election as the fanatically pro-abortion Terry Cosgrove and Illinois Personal PAC recommend, you ought to watch this video. For more details on how this extremist pro-choice organization operates check out “Why can’t Terry Cosgrove tell us the Truth?” from the Illinois Opportunity Project. Oh, I know, I’ll be... Read more »

Yikes! Illinois financial crisis worsens

Didn’t think that it could get any worse? Fair warning Illinois voters, the state’s financial crisis is worse that what a lot of us thought. The Civic Federation of Chicago has done an eye-opening analysis of the state’s budget and came to some dire conclusions. Despite claims (from the Democrat state candidates and leadership) that... Read more »
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Blame Sen. Dick Durbin for congressional gridlock

With public approve of Congress at or near all-time lows because partisan politics has paralyzed the House and Senate, it is amazing how Illinois’ own Democratic senator, Dick Durbin, the second most powerful man in the Senate, has escaped any blame. Of course, he doesn’t deserve the entire blame, but as Senate Majority Leader Harry... Read more »

Did you know that 34 states, including Illinois, have voter ID laws?

Most people would just assume that Illinois being a solidly blue state would never require voters to show identification when voting. Progressives abhor voter ID laws, insisting that they are a Republican plot to block minorities and other Democratic base voters from the polls. Yet, Illinois does require a voter ID, in certain cases. If... Read more »

What if, Illinois?

For information on my award-winning historical novel, “Madness: The War of 1812,” visit: http://www.madness1812.com Like The Barbershop? You can subscribe to it by typing in your email address in the box below and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.
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Chicago Tribune endorses Bruce Rauner

The reason for the Chicago Tribune’s endorsement of Bruce Rauner is neatly summarized in the last paragraph: For the broke, broken Illinois of 2014, Bruce Rauner is two challengers in one: He’s challenging an incumbent who tried and came up short. He would challenge the power brokers who like Illinois just as it is. No... Read more »
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