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Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:22 am

Men promising more than they can deliver – again

 Some 30 years ago I was moved by the mindless boasting of the Republican blowhard in the White House to write this column, which appeared in the Prejudices series on Aug. 8, 1985. The presidenti...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:21 am
OK people, we need to discuss billboardsBillboards must be living creatures for they appear to propagate, spreading everywhere growing to enormous size, shouting corporate messages at us – and even...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:20 am
Illinois Republicans have long complained that House Speaker Michael Madigan’s campaign organization doesn’t just beat you, it destroys you. Madigan doesn’t always set out to merely win; he want...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:19 am
 QUIT POINTING FINGERSI have heard the news reports – the ones that say the governor is blaming the legislature for the budget impasse – the ones that say the legislature is blaming the gover...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:18 am
In this week’s cover story on the outrageous ways Illinois lawmakers spend their campaign funds, our Bruce Rushton quotes one state senator saying the public isn’t interested in this subject. “W...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:17 am
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) released 29,962 prisoners in 2014, according to the department’s FY2014 annual report. Research suggests that the ex-offender’s biggest hurdle to reen...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:22 am

Judging our elected emperors by their clothes

 I took in two things during lunch the other day. One was bean soup. The other was Goethe’s observation that the nobleman “tells us everything through the person he presents, but . . . the bu...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:21 am
 The financial transaction tax is not an idea whose time has just now come; it simply has returned. From 1914 to 1966, our country taxed all sales and transfers of stock. The tax was doubled in t...

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