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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: Money for water, but no vote

A private utility company wants to explore a public-private partnership to build a water system with a group of south suburbs, but those towns can’t get enough representatives together to hold a meeting. Corix Infrastructure sent a letter last week to Markham Mayor David Webb, …

Kadner: Oak Lawn, politics and a 911 center

Two Oak Lawn trustees say the village’s emergency dispatch system is a mess. A former trustee, in defending the private contractor hired in January to run the dispatch system, told me the place was a worse mess before the contractor took over. Does someone think …

Kadner: Pat Quinn’s biggest challenge

Republicans are fired up about Bruce Rauner. Democrats may not even like Pat Quinn. I’m talking about the hard-core members of the Democratic Party, guys like House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. For decades, Quinn was a political maverick, firing criticism at the old boys network …

Kadner: Feeling down about depression

“Reality: What a concept!” Robin Williams would say as the character Mork from the planet Ork. The reality is that Williams is dead. A representative of Williams released a statement saying the actor suffered from depression. Maybe the depression was the result of reading news …

Kadner: Private financing for suburban water system?

A large private water company has indicated an interest in rescuing the beleaguered South Suburban Joint Action Water Agency, according to Alsip Mayor Patrick Kitching. “It could be a public-private partnership sort of thing,” Kitching told me Tuesday during an interview in his office. “The …

Kadner: Pulaski a ‘road’ of many mysteries

A new street sign at the northwest corner of 111th Street and Pulaski Road has longtime Southland residents scratching their heads. “Pulaski Av” is spelled out in large white letters over a green background. “I have always called it Pulaski Road,” wrote SouthtownStar reader Rodi …

Kadner: Medical marijuana coming soon to Southland

A medical marijuana dispensary soon will be coming to a community near you. That’s the message from Adam Dotson, community development director from the city of Oak Forest, where a zoning commission last week approved an amendment that would allow such businesses in the community. …

Kadner: Welcome to the state’s Bult Field

Gov. Pat Quinn and elected leaders from throughout the Southland gathered Thursday to pay tribute to the vision of a wealthy businessman and a congressman who went to prison. The wealthy businessman’s name now is on a plaque at the entrance to a state-owned airport. …

A trip to Chicago’s last farm

Cats roam the classrooms, students ride horses, feed chickens, collect their eggs and milk the cows. This is the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 111th Street and Pulaski Road, one of the most unique public high schools in the nation. Kambr Kutkowski, 16, who …

Kadner: Rauner energizes Southland GOP

Republican committeemen in the southwest suburbs say Bruce Rauner, their candidate for governor, has brought a “new energy” to their party. “It’s not just about his money,” said Elizabeth Gorman, the Republican committeewoman for Orland Township, referring to the nearly $7 million of his own …

Kadner: Illinois ranked 17th best for schools

Illinois has the 17th-best school system in the nation, according to Wallet Hub. Wallet Hub is a social media company that claims it helps people make smarter financial decisions. But it may be best known for its rankings such as “best and worst states to …

Kadner: Crestwood to discuss strip club

Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta is calling a town hall meeting Aug. 19 to “respond to rumors” about a proposal to bring a strip club to the village. “They call it a gentleman’s club, but let’s call it what it is, a strip club,” said Trustee …

Kadner: Concealed-carry shooting incident raises questions

A retired Chicago homicide detective thinks a man who fired at a robber fleeing a store robbery in Crestwood should be charged with unlawful discharge of a weapon. Crestwood police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office seem to think the fellow is something of …

Kadner: It’s an inversion for working folks

“Inversion: A change in the position, order or relationship of things so that they are opposite of what they had been ...” according to the dictionary folks at Merriam-Webster. Well, you could say that’s what American companies are doing by reincorporating overseas to reduce their …

Kadner: Memorial signs for DUI victims

Motorists may be noticing some blue signs along the sides of area roads that have nothing to do with identifying streets or regulating traffic. Then again, if you’re like me, you drove by them every day without noticing at all. The DUI Memorial markers apparently …

Kadner: IHSA protecting its financial secrets

Quasi-governmental organizations often perform what appear to be government functions but contend that they are exempt from the laws pertaining to government bodies. The Illinois High School Association is such an organization and is being sued by the Better Government Association, which wants to find …

Kadner: Quinn, Oak Lawn water and politics

Gov. Pat Quinn shoveled cash and dirt in Oak Lawn during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a $171 million improvement project for the village’s water distribution system. The system, one of the largest in Illinois, provides Lake Michigan water to about 325,000 Southland residents in …