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Harris v. Quinn: Is it setback or boost for labor?

When the U.S. Supreme Court this summer weakened labor protections for about 26,000 home-care providers in Illinois, most analysts characterized the decision as a dire portent for unions representing low-wage workers. So here’s what happened next — the day after the ruling in Harris v. …

Reeder: Parents deserve greater educational choice

I was chatting the other day with a fellow who, along with his wife, home-schools his children. He explained the benefits that he believes his youngsters have derived from being taught at home — a customized curriculum, religious values instilled and extra time with parents. …

Rahman: History will give Obama credit he deserves

The news media’s obsession with negative news seems to have reached an all-time high, with President Obama being the favorite target. While there was a time in the eyes of the media when this president could do no wrong, the same media is now writing …

Stephen Schlickman: Anti-ride-sharing bills threaten consumer choice

If you’ve lived in Chicago for longer than a week, you have to shake your head when listening to the taxi industry’s arguments against ride-sharing. The cab companies contend (with a straight face, mind you) that they offer safe and secure rides and serve every …

McGrath: Don’t make summer mistake — leaving teens alone

Summer may be the ideal season for travel, but with it comes worry over leaving teenagers at home unsupervised. Our darling children, of course, would never have dreamed of having a wild party in our absence. So when Marianne and I had a chance to …

Reeder: More than the hog barn stinks at the Illinois State Fair

Twenty years ago, state officials implemented reforms designed to make the Illinois State Fair break even. They failed. Big time. The fair has been as sure-fired a loser as a kid playing a carnival game. Well, maybe that’s not fair — every once in a …

Reeder: Lower tax rates would keep U.S. corporations home

I picked up my vacation photos at Walgreens the other day. And I didn’t hear any French, German or Italian spoken. How surprising. I’ve read that the huge drugstore chain is considering becoming a Swiss corporation. I’ll admit the thought of a company that essentially …

Shaw: Doomsday clock ticks for Illinois

Remember the ominous “doomsday clock” with its symbolic “countdown” to nuclear war? The concept dates back to University of Chicago researchers whose work during World War II led to development of the first atomic bomb. After the war, a distinguished group of international scientists continued …

Shaw: More suburban FDs imposing ‘crash tax’

One of our jobs at the Better Government Association is to look for warning signs that suggest that trouble may be on the way. And with that in mind, I point to a recent BGA investigation that sounds the alarm at a number of Chicago-area …

McGrath: Confronting a different kind of tyrant

When I attended Chicago State University on the South Side in the late 1960s, I opted to take my daily lunch break off campus. There were no in-house McDonald’s or Subways as there are at many colleges today. And while I’ll grant that the school …

Reeder: Quinn veto on FOIA measure good move

Kudos to Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor vetoed a measure that greatly would restrict an ordinary citizen’s ability to file Freedom of Information Act requests. I don’t agree with the governor on a lot of things, but this veto was the proper response to a …

Laurie Samuels: Don’t let retirement make you vulnerable to senior scams

Fraud is one of the fasting growing crimes in America — with senior citizens being common targets. In fact, the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs attributes approximately $100 billion a year to fraud. In this age of information, anyone in possession of a credit card, …

Reeder: Job growth in Illinois? Follow Indiana’s lead

For every job Illinois has created during the past decade, Indiana has created 35, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. I’ve been to Indiana. I know Hoosiers. And the average Hoosier isn’t any smarter than the rest of us. They may think so, …

Daniel Biss and Michael Frerichs: House must act to improve Illinoisans’ retirement security

We need a retirement system that works for every resident of Illinois. Our state is facing a looming crisis — more than 2.5 million people are working in Illinois today without access to a retirement savings plan at work. Research shows that we are 15 …

McGrath: Why banks love foreclosures

It was going to be a reunion. Tom Booth and I hadn’t seen each other since he started school at Iowa Wesleyan College on an academic/athletic scholarship. He and I grew up in Evergreen Park, and he had been a basketball star at St. Bernadette …

Reeder: Ballot question to keep voters guessing

A bit of hay is being made over a grammatical error that will appear on the ballot in November. It seems no one caught the improper use of the word “their” in the text of the proposed referendum question on imposing a higher tax on …