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Phil Kadner’s column appears five times a week in the print edition of the SouthtownStar.

He was named the 2013 Illinois Journalist of the …

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Kadner: The cost of saving on mental health care

When I saw the news release about a Cook County Board hearing today to “look into mental health needs and services,” I was sort of surprised. Surprised because it has been my experience that hardly anyone in this state cares very much about the needs …

Kadner: Beverly community rallies to support John Rooney and his family

John Rooney suspected while interviewing Dawn Clark Netsch, six days before her death from ALS in 2013, that he probably had the fatal disease himself. But he didn’t mention it because, well, Netsch — a former state senator, Illinois comptroller and Democratic candidate for governor …

Fifty years later, retired Army colonel ends Vegas boycott

Fifty years ago, 25-year-old Army Lt. Eugene Scott was looking forward to a trip to Las Vegas with fellow military officers, a break from combat tank training in the California desert. “The white officers I was going with, I was the only black, came in …

Kadner: Illiana Tollway snarls Illinois’ long-range transit plan

Calling the Illiana Tollway project a “runaway train,” a key transit planning agency voted Wednesday against its long-range transit plan, setting up a battle with Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett, chairman of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency …

Kadner: Lipinski tells colleagues to return to D.C.

Congressmen should leave their campaigns for re-election and return to Washington, D.C., to focus on the ongoing war with ISIS, according to U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski. In a news release, Lipinski, D-3rd, also questions whether the Obama administration has proper congressional authority to conduct bombing …

Southland mayor again hopes to kill plan for Illiana Tollway

A Southland mayor who heads a key transportation planning agency says he will try to kill the Illiana Tollway this week because it would put taxpayers “on the hook for as much as $1 billion.” Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett, board chairman of the Chicago …

Kadner: It looks like a prank but joke’s on us

This had to be a prank. That was my first thought as I looked at the Cook County clerk’s website and examined the referendums on the Nov. 4 election ballot. Some teenage computer hacker must have gotten access to the website and was probably laughing …

Kadner: Fretting over the Ebola virus and ISIS/ISIL

My attention was focused on ISIS when the Ebola virus attack broke out. Actually, I was wasting a lot of time trying to figure out why the terrorist group that was lopping off the heads of Americans was called both ISIL and ISIS. The talking …

Crestwood sues former water department workers for legal fees

Crestwood has filed lawsuits to try to recover more than $350,000 in legal fees from two former employees who were convicted for their roles in delivering tainted drinking water to residents over more than 20 years. In addition, for the first time, village officials Wednesday …

Kadner: Try to find Quinn’s income tax stance on his website

Here’s a little game voters can play. Go to the campaign website of Gov. Pat Quinn (quinnforIllinois.com/issues) and see if you can find mention of his position on making the “temporary” state income tax hike permanent. His spokeswoman told me it was there, but I …

Rauner is confusing on state income tax hike

Is the anti-tax candidate actually in favor of an income tax increase? Republican Bruce Rauner has been campaigning for governor as the guy who’s going to cut taxes and increase jobs. Rauner has blasted Gov. Pat Quinn and fellow Democrat Michael Madigan, the Illinois House …

Kadner: Knowing nothing as an art form

It often seems political leaders and business titans have all graduated from the Schultz Academy of Prevarication. Named for the legendary character Sgt. Schultz on the TV show “Hogan’s Heroes,” academy graduates can easily be identified whenever confronted with an allegation of wrongdoing. “I know …

Kadner: A battle for change in Harvey

Listening to the praise by the mayor and aldermen and the applause of a crowd at a Harvey City Council meeting, you would think the police department is universally admired in the suburb. Yet, aldermen voted 5-1 this week to ask the Cook County sheriff’s …

Kadner: Fire union says politics behind possible far-reaching lawsuit

The state’s largest firefighters union claims that a lawsuit filed by North Riverside to terminate the village’s fire union is motivated by politics, not financial problems. “Over the last 10 years, North Riverside hasn’t made a single full payment into the union pension fund,” said …

Kadner: Willing investors, maybe, for South Suburban Airport

Is there anyone, other than the state of Illinois, who wants to invest money in a South Suburban Airport? That was the question that the Illinois Department of Transportation was trying to answer Tuesday at the Tinley Park Convention Center as building contractors, financial investment …

Mayor: Railroad rolling over suburb

Richton Park, like many communities over the years, is fighting what appears to be a losing battle with a railroad line. The village has obtained a state grant of $205,000 to construct sound barrier walls along a Canadian National Railway line that passes within a …

Kadner: Abuse of women is not just an NFL problem

I keep listening to all the stories about NFL players and domestic violence and wondering, “How is this helping anyone?” There’s been a lot of talk about the athletes and what they did and very little about their victims. Criticism of the NFL for how …