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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Back then it was worse

 After enduring the barrage of political ads spewed forth during the recently concluded election campaign, one starts to wonder if the tone of the political debate could sink any lower, and if ca...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
OK, that’s it – no more Mr. Nice Guy from me when covering the avarice and arrogance of corporate power! The monopolistic grabfest has now turned personal. It’s about beer, the nourishing nectar...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
Some of you will read this column before the election, and some of you will read it after. I suppose I could’ve written two columns, but I’ve been kinda busy, so let’s talk about one of the weir...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
 I’ve always despised cold cereal, even as a child. Occasionally I’d be seduced by cheery cartoon characters on commercials and nag my mother into buying Fruit Loops or Rice Krispies. But aft...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
The Open Meetings Act is pretty simple when it comes to the Internet: Public bodies are required to post on their websites notice of upcoming meetings, agendas for meetings and minutes of meetings. Ho...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
An ad hoc committee wrestling with governance questions at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has retained the former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History t...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Shouldn’t profit-seeking nonprofits pay property taxes?

The debate that Illinois ought to be having about government finance is not how much property owners should pay in taxes, but which property owners should pay. Large quasi-corporate nonprofit corporat...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
 Hailing and railing from Chicago, while curtailing nothing pertaining to righteousness and proper behavior, this trio describes themselves as “barstool smashing miscreants” ready and willing...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
 Many of us are hoping that Bruce Rauner won’t be as bad as we think he’s going to be. Even some of his supporters are secretly pleased that Mike Madigan is still in control to shield the sta...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
 I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, when we’re out to dinner, she sometimes takes forever to order when the server is standing right there. I’ll c...

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