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Politics Is Just About Everything These Days ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

It’s been assumed all along that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposal to spend $100 million to help build Barack Obama’s presidential library was designed to put the Republicans on the spot and perhaps provoke an over the top, maybe even racial response, which would help gin up Democratic turnout a bit this November.

President Obama has put the library’s...
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Executions

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

In the 1879 Wilkerson vs. Utah decision, the US Supreme Court ruled executions were legal so long as they do not violate the 8th Amendment’s ban of “cruel and unusual” punishment. In other words, no matter how heinous or brutal the crime that was committed, no matter how vindictive society would like to be, torture is out!

While we have the right to execute, in order to...
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Corporate Fights In Springfield ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

Every year, we get at least one “corporate fight” in Springfield. Two or more corporations or industries will duke it out over some proposed law change or another.

The cable TV industry, for instance, tried a while back to convince the General Assembly to tax satellite TV users. When I first started doing this job many moons ago, banks wanted the right to sell insurance...
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The Air We Breathe

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

Do you remember having a severe cold that restricted your breathing, or maybe a time when you had the wind knocked out of you in a fall or while playing rough and tumble sports? Or maybe when swimming you stayed down too long or were pushed down during “horse play”, and came up gasping for breath! Think about that term, “gasping for breath.” The ability to breathe in...
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A Tale Of Two Polls ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

I commissioned a We Ask America poll on April 21st of the races for governor, comptroller and treasurer. But I forgot to put the candidates’ party labels in the poll’s questions. The results came out very weird.

Bruce Rauner led Gov. Pat Quinn by 11 points in that poll, 49-38. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka trounced Lt. Governor Sheila Simon by an astounding 27-point...
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