Will Smollett and Foxx get away with it?

This being Chicago, who knows? The usual workings of the Chicago Way suggest that they probably will. To ask the question is to wonder whether: Illinois Attorney General  Kwame Raoul, Illinois’ chief law enforcement officer, will review how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the case that saw her office drop 16 felony charges that had been handed... Read more »

2 Illinois abortion bills are wildly extreme

It takes guts, I’ll say that for sponsors of two bills in the Illinois Legislature that go so far beyond what the public wants that they’re beyond extreme. As this fine op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune notes: According to a Gallup poll released in June 2018, only 28 percent of people support abortion in the... Read more »

Smollett charges dropped; justice denied

The astonishing action by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to drop 16 felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett leaves so many unanswered questions that justice should have required that the facts be determined by a jury. But now that Foxx has deep-sixed the case and Cook County Circuit Judge Steven Watkins has inexplicably sealed the case file, we will... Read more »
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Illinois Gov. Pritzker's tax increase will only lead to yet another one

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s skeletal plan for a tax increase is so flawed that it will induce demands for even more higher taxes, according to an analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute. The problem is Pritzker’s budget is based overly optimistic and unreasonable projections for the state’s growth. The analysis discovers: When employing one of the... Read more »

More bad news for the state of Illinois

Reports Crain’s Chicago Business: “College Illinois bailout now tops $500 million” That’s the fund, established years ago, to allow parents to pre-pay for their kids’ college education in Illinois schools. Not surprisingly, the politicians fiddled away the money. Now parents who put their savings into the fund are in danger of being stiffed. Illinois taxpayers... Read more »

Pretend Illinois finances are just ducky and the problem is solved

As the Democratic-control state of Illinois is nearly over its head in the financial quicksand, you’ll be glad to know that the Legislature will consider making penicillium the official state microbe. Dan McCaleb,of the Illinois News Network also notes other pressing issues that also are getting immediate attention, such as making SKI citrus soda the state’s official soft drink. Phew.... Read more »
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A quick summary of some new taxes proposed for Illinois

Taxpayers United of America reports: After months of publicizing an increase in the Illinois gas tax, tax raisers have formally announced their ambitions. SB 102 proposed by State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-11) would double the motor fuel tax from $.19 per gallon to $.38 per gallon. Additionally, Sandoval’s bill would increase thepassenger vehicle registration fee... Read more »

Media blow another climate change story

Something important was missing from the reporting on a recent study concluding that climate change threatens the Great Lakes with more flooding, heat waves and drought. The study, “The Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes, also warns that the Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of America. Release of the... Read more »

While we're dumping the Electoral College, let's chuck the states too

Why not? Ultimately the reason we have an Electoral College is to give additional voice to the states. Meaning to the citizens of small states so they’re not overwhelmed by the big ones. And so, we also need to dump the U.S. Senate, because like the Electoral College, it’s another American institution that gives states–the small ones–an... Read more »
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Replacing Chief Illiniwek with an otter would be highly offensive

Did anyone ask otters if they were okay with being named the new University of Illinois at Champaign mascot? Would they have been offended if their proud heritage  had been appropriated by a cartoonish caricature?  Thankfully, a majority of students, displaying their heightened sensitivity, voted against creating a mascot named Alma Otter, a take-off on the campus statue,... Read more »
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