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A Mindset Too Deeply Embedded To Abandon ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

Perhaps the worst thing to happen to journalism over the years is its simplistic over-reliance on the mere “appearance of impropriety” to justify big, splashy stories.

No actual wrongdoing need ever be found, just something that might look a bit fishy to a reporter’s overly suspicious eyes.

It’s one of the nation’s most antidemocratic trends because it’s solely...
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AWOL

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

Members of the military understand that being “AWOL” can put you in deep “doo-doo” and buy you some time in the stockade, and perhaps even a court martial! However, for the purposes of this writing AWOL refers to “America With Out Legislators,” or Congressmen on indefinite vacation. The later apparently carries with it no discernible penalties.

With the exception of...
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Convincing People To Throw Away Their Vote ...

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor Chad Grimm earlier this month.

After all, the union’s president, Jim Sweeney, was out in front of the push to beat Bruce Rauner during the Republican primary. After a stormy meeting with Rauner, who is...
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A Brief History Of Income Levels

page-04.pdf-000By Russ Mann

Okay, equality for all is a great idea in theory but in practice it has a lot of holes in it! Since its inception this nation has touted itself as the “land of opportunity,” as a place where all have equal prospects and are rewarded equally for their efforts. And yet it’s common knowledge that, in practice, it just doesn’t work that way, and lofty words and phrases in...
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The Gov Still A Long Way Away From Closing This Deal

page-04.pdf-001By Rich Miller

OK, so what we’re gonna do today is discuss some congressional races that you may or may not care about in order to talk about the governor’s race, which you probably do care about since you’re reading this column.

First up, let’s look at freshman Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider, who is leading former one-term Republican Congressman Bob Dold by two points, 4644...
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