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How a U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect Illinois teachers

The Supreme Court case was filed by a California teacher who is challenging her union’s demand that she pay dues that go to support political speech and positions that she disagrees with. A bunch of states already allow her to opt out of the payments, but not Illinois and California. Read more about the case... Read more »

Schaumburg's Office Depot refuses to print religious flyer

Schaumburg’s Office Depot refusal to print a religious flyer is a clear violation of the U.S. and Illinois constitutions as well as Illinois and Cook County public accommodations laws. The only reason that Office Depot would refuse Maria Goldstein’s request to print a religious flyer is that it didn’t like the content, which was a prayer... Read more »

Ban public employe strikes in Illinois

If we really want to help solve Illinois’ tottering financial condition, we should ban public employe strikes in Illinois. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner doesn’t go far enough when he starts talking about turning Illinois into a “right-to-work” state. That’s a great idea as far as it goes. As a former union official myself, I agree... Read more »
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Why must Ebola 'protocols' be the same everywhere?

I don’t get it; the calls to “standardize” the procedures for stop the spread of Ebola are heating up. But why? Political opportunism, I suspect, on the part of some. The confusing policies of the Obama administration (yes, they are confusing) present his critics another reason to excoriate President Barack Obama for his lack of... Read more »

Illinois using its state plane to fly in birds

As Illinois sinks further into catastrophic debt and contemplates making the last “temporary” income tax increase permanent. there’s a report that the state is using its own airplane to fly prairie chickens to Downstate counties. As often as 14 times. At a cost of nearly half a million dollars. Is there no end to it?... Read more »

Toss your cigaret butt on the ground; get your butt hauled off to the slammer

Astonishing new law in Illinois could actually get you sent to prison for throwing your cigaret butt on the ground. This amazing news is brought to us by the Illinois Policy Institute. On Jan. 1, an update to Illinois’ Litter Control Act will subject anyone who tosses a cigarette on the ground to increased penalties... Read more »
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Jobless rate increases in Illinois; dips in other states

The  jobless rate increases in Illinois while 16 other states were enjoying their lowest unemployment since  the start of the Great Recession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that Illinois’ seasonally adjusted jobless rate in October, 2013 was 8.9 percent, a rate exceeded only by Michigan, Rhode Island and Nevada.  That 8.9 percent was... Read more »

Illinois Obamacare grant goes to California

Reports Illinois News Network: A California group with a history of making political contributions to Illinois politicians and connections to the Obama administration was awarded a federal “navigator” grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, to help Illinoisans enroll in the Obamacare health insurance exchange. Read more Nice to see that... Read more »

Eric Holder fails to fight election policies that discriminate against me

For as long as Democrats have been in charge of legislative redistricting in Illinois, my right to be represented fairly has been trampled, without a peep from the like of Eric Holder who are determined to find racism under every rock. (Slate: “Erick Holder: We won’t allow ‘open season’ on voter ID laws.”) The Constitution... Read more »
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Wis. Gov. Scott Walker sticks it to Illinois

In prepared remarks at the Conservative Political Action meeting in Washington, D.C., Walker compared what was happening in his state with Illinois: Contrast that with my neighbor to the south. There is no greater example of the failed policies we are running against than the mess we see in Illinois. Last year, Governor Quinn proudly... Read more »
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