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Eaton: D.C. task force with latest sobering news for Illinois

On one hand, you’ve got to chuckle. Why is it that there’s really not a crisis until the muckety-mucks in Washington, D.C., put together a report that deems it so? Tuesday morning, a group called the State Budget Crisis Task Force released the “first-ever comprehensive …

Eaton: Lipinski gets chance to show where he stands on Obamacare

The first thing a campaign adviser will tell a challenger he or she has to do to oust an incumbent is to cause voters to be dissatisfied. For GOP challenger in the 3rd Congressional District Rich Grabowski, that may be his biggest and most difficult …

Eaton: Hold on, as we ply uncharted waters with Obamacare

“If you expect the government to take care of your health from birth to death, expect the distance between the two of them to get shorter.” Though intended to lighten the heavy topic of government-run health care, the truth of that sarcasm outweighs its humor. …

Eaton: If only more public officials paid attention in Sunday School

Maybe you’re one of those idealists convinced that religion and politics don’t mix and should remain mutually exclusive. Sorry to inform you, the opposite is true. Everything anyone ever needed to know about keeping corruption away from politics was learned in Sunday School. After reviewing …

Eaton: Top legal officers put their belief before state law

What do Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the makers of Cheerios have in common? They’ve all stepped forward to promote same-sex marriage. Last week, General Mills chief executive Ken Powell announced that the company opposes Minnesota’s ballot initiative …

Eaton: Illinois GOP’s new platform should be cause for optimism

Most people will agree that where you stand on jobs and taxes matters much more politically than whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. But because Democrats rule Illinois’ Legislature, statewide offices and the judicial system, Republicans have no choice but to present a stark contrast …

Eaton: Wisconsin has a message: Are we listening in Illinois?

So, how did you spend last Saturday? Doing yard work, celebrating a graduation or wedding, swimming, sunbathing, barbecuing? Nearly 100 Illinoisans got up at the crack of dawn to board buses headed to Racine, Wis. Organized by Americans for Prosperity, they joined with their neighbors …

Eaton: Reform of Medicaid nothing if not confusing

The Illinois Legislature must have a secret class during freshman orientation on how to be confusing. Fooling the public is a highly prized skill in Springfield. A three-bill package sold as reining in our state’s out-of-control Medicaid crisis has set the bewilderment level to a …

Eaton: Tinley Park attack sheds light on extremist groups

Last Saturday’s mob attack at The Ashford House restaurant in Tinley Park was shocking and stirred an array of questions. Who were these people who rushed into a public location with metal bats and hammers, attacking people who were not causing trouble? What was the …

Eaton: New book reveals more about Obama’s rise

Another book about the Obamas hit the stands this week, and it reveals more about his rapid rise to the presidency, including an interesting tidbit about the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Obamas’ longtime pastor and spiritual advisor and a Tinley Park resident. After videos …

Eaton: Obama’s appeal to women voters a misguided one

Somebody needs to get on the phone and talk to Barack Obama’s campaign. You’d think David Axelrod, who’s running the campaign from downtown Chicago, and his campaign cohorts already would’ve caught on and they’re just confident that America’s women voters won’t. If that’s what they …

Eaton: ‘War on women’ detracts from those truly at war

This so-called “war on women” is not a war, it’s not even a battle. It’s simply trash talk between differing political sides. This year’s “ladies’ scuffle” started in earnest when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius suddenly announced that religious organizations would be forced …

Eaton: More of the same for Cook County GOP

Last Wednesday night, Cook County Republican township committeemen gathered to select a new party chairman amid hope that a new chapter would be opening. Over the past decade, the GOP chairmanship has been ineffective, inept and embarrassing. But it looks like that dreadful pattern will …

Eaton: Stay-at-home parents need appreciation more than ever

My stay-at-home, eighth-grade-educated mother taught her five children to be fiscally responsible by often quoting Ben Franklin’s “A penny saved is a two pence dear.” Today, homemakers understand Franklin’s value concept when they cut coupons and scour for cost savings rather than pay full price. …

Eaton: ‘Titanic,’ like president, focuses on class divisions

The sinking of the Titanic stunned the world 100 years ago, setting back confidence in what those living in 1912 viewed as a wondrous achievement — building an unsinkable ocean liner. But the magnificent ship’s aura of invincibility was short-lived, as it slipped into the …

Eaton: Little room for governor to not anger public unions

It’s no secret that when it comes to public sector unions, I line up with the union-hated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rather than union-beloved Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Public sector unions continue to receive cost-of-living increases while their non-government neighbors take pay cuts. And it’s …

Eaton: Health care fate rests with Supreme Court

Last Friday, religious freedom lovers stood before more than 100 different federal courthouse buildings throughout the United States, declaring their opposition to the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services health care insurance mandate. An estimated 2,500 people hovered together at Chicago’s Daley Plaza during lunch …