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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: Think you know football? Don’t bet on it

The Chicago Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 on Sunday night. And that’s why you have to be demented to bet big on NFL games. Early last week, with the 49ers favored to win by 6.5 points over the Bears, I told friends I …

Kadner: Mike Madigan problem can’t be ignored

What does Gov. Pat Quinn suggest we do about the Mike Madigan problem? Of all the questions that have been asked so far in this campaign for governor, that may be the most important, yet it goes unaddressed. Madigan was first elected speaker of the …

MWRD to address flooding in Burbank

Hundreds of residents packed into the Burbank City Hall to voice their anger and frustration over decades of flooding that they claim has gotten worse in the last five years. People said they had been forced to vacate their homes, described extensive damage to personal …

Kadner: Hope blooms in a field of quicksand

This state is a mess, and I doubt that either candidate for governor can do much about it. That’s my take after watching an online video of Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, go at each other during a Chicago Tribune editorial …

Kadner: Judge says election board can’t hear term-limits challenge

Mayors, aldermen and other locally elected officials cannot rule on challenges to referendums that are placed on the ballot by a vote of a city council or village board. That was the ruling of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva last week in a …

Kadner: Quinn whiffs on pension question

It seemed like a simple question for the governor of Illinois. Tony Denovellis, market president for Midland States Bank in New Lenox, said his wife is a retired schoolteacher and is worried about her pension. Could the governor say something that would make her stop …

Kadner: Rauner’s outreach to black ministers

By the time I arrived at the meet-and-greet between Bruce Rauner and African-American ministers in Harvey, the Republican candidate for governor had left the building. I wasn’t surprised because I had gotten a late notice about the Thursday morning gathering. “Rauner didn’t put out a …

Kadner: Oak Forest marijuana shop gets initial approval

Despite vocal objections from a few businessmen and residents, Oak Forest’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-3 on Wednesday night to grant a special-use zoning permit to allow a medical marijuana dispensary in the city. The city council will vote Tuesday night on both the …

Kadner: The privileges of membership in the club

(A conversation at a wine club somewhere in Napa Valley, California). “I say, this is a fine proprietary red.” “I believe it’s the 2006. A blend of power and elegance.” “You still raising cattle out in Wyoming or was it Montana?” “Actually, I have a …

Kadner: Company seeks to open marijuana store in Oak Forest

Oak Forest’s planning and zoning commission tonight will consider granting a request to open a medical marijuana dispensary in a vacant two-story building at 15300 Cicero Ave. The building is just south of Oak Forest Bowl, next to a dentist’s office and about a half-block …

Kadner: Suburban term limits battle goes to court

Lawyers representing three aldermen in Country Club Hills went to court Friday to stop the city election board, headed by Mayor Dwight Welch, from potentially throwing a term-limits referendum off the November ballot. The referendum measure, if passed, could force Welch (who has been mayor …

Kadner: New tests to challenge students

Just mention the word “test,” and my brain stops working. That’s the result of 12 years of pop quizzes, weekly exams and standardized testing as a public school student decades ago. It’s not something I want to talk about or relive, even if offered free …

Kadner: Officials at odds over 911 call center claims

Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury wants Trustee Bob Streit (3rd) to produce the dates and times and names of people who have had problems with the village’s emergency dispatch center. “His accusations (about the center) have been reckless and irresponsible,” Bury told me. “If he …

Kadner: Sounding alarm on proposed school funding bill

A Hickory Hills woman has launched a social media campaign to try to stop proposed legislation this fall that would change the way Illinois funds its public schools. Debbie Chafee, who has two children in North Palos School District 117 and is a business analyst …

Kadner: Time to reform local election boards

“Here comes the kangaroo court,” someone said as Country Club Hills’ election board assembled Monday morning. People in the suburbs are always shocked to learn that the officials who rule on matters such as the legality of election petitions filed by candidates and whether a …

Kadner: The kids of summer in a World Series

As the pitcher began to cry, I remembered why I once loved baseball so much. The incident occurred in the Little League World Series, which has received a lot of public attention this year and terrific TV ratings due to the appearance of the Jackie …

Kadner: Bedford Park’s costly strip club fight

After a six-year court battle and about $400,000 in legal fees, Bedford Park agreed to allow a strip club to open. The village’s experience ought to serve as a cautionary tale for residents of Crestwood, who this week demanded that their village deny an application …