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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: A vote on mental health care funding in Cook County?

Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth Doody Gorman (R-Orland Park) wants to place a referendum on the November ballot asking voters if they want to increase funding for mental health care. Gorman said she will ask the county board to vote on the referendum Wednesday. “This is …

Kadner: Who has a plan to save the south suburbs?

As the quality of life slowly erodes in a number of Southland suburbs, elected officials who might be able to do something about it sit idly by. Last week, I wrote about the financial situation in Blue Island, where desperate city officials grabbed more than …

Kadner: Library threatens to sue Blue Island

To avoid a pending financial crisis, the city of Blue Island claimed more than $400,000 in property tax money that the local public library claims rightfully belongs to it. An expert in the area of public library law told the SouthtownStar that the city likely …

Kadner: ‘Wretched refuse’ not wanted here

“Give me your tired, your poor, “Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” So reads, in part, the poem inscribed on a tablet …

Kadner: Third airport could be cargo leader

Responses to a state request for South Suburban Airport marketing strategies appear to be far more optimistic about attracting cargo traffic to a new airport than commercial passenger flights. The SouthtownStar obtained responses to an Illinois Department of Transportation “Request for Information” publicly posted in …

Kadner: Tinley headed for term limits duel?

Tinley Park could be headed to a messy and costly legal battle over dueling referendums on term limits for elected officials in the village. SouthtownStar staff write Mike Nolan reported Monday that a village board committee on Tuesday night will discuss placing a binding referendum …

Kadner: ‘Do Not Call’ a battle of technology

Don’t give up on the national “Do Not Call” registry. That’s the message from Bikram Bandy, national coordinator of the program for the Federal Trade Commission, who said he understands that a lot of telemarketers are violating the law. Bandy said the FTC is handling …

Kadner: Three towns join to protect seniors

In an effort to improve the quality of life of senior citizens, three suburbs have formed an intergovernmental agreement with Calumet Township to form an Adult Protective Services Program. The three suburbs, all within Calumet Township, are Blue Island, Calumet Park and Riverdale. According to …

Kadner: Where police don’t need any guns

Patrol officers don’t carry guns in England. My wife and I recently have been watching a bunch of British detective shows on TV. One of the more fascinating aspects of these police dramas is that the officers typically do not carry guns. In most of …

Kadner: Telemarketers ignoring ‘do not call’

You’ve put your telephone number on the national “Do Not Call” registry and years later the telemarketing calls start coming again. “I keep getting calls from the same people,” an obviously annoyed Don Hines, of Midlothian, said. “I’ve received unsolicited, unwanted telephone calls on my …

Kadner: Life has become cheap in Chicago

During a social gathering recently that included many people who live in other states and others who often travel internationally, I asked what the perception of Chicago is among people living in other places. “Murder capital of the world,” several people said. “Chiraq!” said another. …

Kadner: A bad day for state pension reform

No matter how bad you thought things were in Illinois, they got worse Thursday. The state Supreme Court ruled that a 2012 change in health benefits requiring government retirees to contribute something toward their health insurance violates the Illinois Constitution. The constitution makes no reference …

Kadner: They’re making it harder not to vote

Gov. Pat Quinn this week signed a bill making it easier for people to vote in November. Republicans immediately denounced the legislation as a Democratic scheme to increase voter turnout. I’m not sure why Republicans feel making it more difficult to vote helps their party, …

Kadner: State buys Bult Field for $34 million

Illinois has purchased Bult Field, a general aviation airport in the footprint of the proposed South Suburban Airport, for $34 million. That’s $32.5 million more than the state could have paid for the 288 acres about 10 years ago. Jim Bult, a wealthy and idiosyncratic …

Kadner: A controversy that shouldn’t exist

Tinley Park was at the heart of a controversial change in Illinois’ freedom of information law that was vetoed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The FOI law mandates what public documents the public is entitled to and how governments must comply with requests for that information. …

Kadner: Term-limits battle really a power play

In his first battle of wits with Michael Madigan, Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner lost. But that defeat likely will translate into more votes for Rauner in November. Rauner’s effort to place a legislative term-limits referendum on the November ballot was ruled unconstitutional Friday …

Kadner: Neglecting a Southland crisis

A plan to turn about one third of the tiny village of Robbins into a limestone quarry apparently has been thwarted. After a series of articles in the SouthtownStar revealed the scope of the project, which included underground mining beneath houses, Cook County Sheriff Tom …