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Smart Politics And Overly-Dangerous Optimism ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

Gov. Pat Quinn’s new TV ad is 60 seconds of one positive message after another.

“Pat Quinn sees problems, takes action and gets the job done,” the ad claims. “Now, Illinois is making a comeback,” it continues.

But the spot is being slammed by longtime campaign insiders in both parties as “spitting in the wind.”

For instance, a Paul Simon Public Policy...
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Going To Pot(Holes)

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

Summer is road construction season. No-one likes being caught in “reduced speed” traffic at construction sites, but what if the roads are not repaired? Think about it, traveling along briskly on freshly resurfaced roads is a pleasure; dodging potholes is not!

An inordinate number of repairs are already underway this summer, partially due to a harsh winter that took its toll...
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Frerichs Needs To Up His Game ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

Back in January, state Sen. Michael Frerichs formally kicked off his campaign for Illinois state treasurer and posted a video online touting the fact the he’d ended “free, lifetime health care for state legislators.”

Actually, Frerichs had voted against that bill in the General Assembly. Frerichs’ campaign had to pull the video and replace it with a new one, even...
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“Of Course Fracking Is Safe! Would We Lie To You?”

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

Yes, this nation is the closest we have ever been to energy independence! Well, at least since the days when we heated our homes and cooked with wood fires and the nation was still one huge forest.

As the practice of squeezing (fracking) the planet earth worldwide in order to wring every last drop of petroleum from it, some countries have completely banned the practice and have...
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The Tax Hike Isn’t Going Away Very Soon ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

“This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17th during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released an economic plan for Illinois.

“That plan calls for a freeze on property taxes and rolling back the 2010 tax increase. It also implements a new tax on services, such as advertising, legal services, and...
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