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Speak Out for Nov. 2, 2014

Hey, waffle mom: Good for you making your family breakfast. My mom also cooked breakfast for all 12 of us. She literally was in our kitchen for eight hours every Sunday. I think that person who commented negatively didn’t have the love we have in …

Forum: Rahm’s focus blurry on helping homeless

I think it’s pretty disingenuous that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has reportedly committed $800,000 of city money to end veterans’ homelessness by the end of 2015. It’s unreasonable to suggest that 721 homeless veterans are more important than the more than 15,000 homeless youth in …

Illinois is our home, but we want it to be better

Someone asked me the other day if I hated Illinois. I was more than a bit taken aback. Illinois is my home. During my long newspaper career, I’ve lived in Texas, Iowa and Nevada, but in each of those states I felt like a visitor. …

Speak Out for Oct. 31, 2014

A high-five to Costco for being closed on Thanksgiving Day. They’re absolutely correct in saying that their employees deserve to enjoy the holiday. No one has to shop on Thanksgiving. Please understand that the Republican party is all talk. They said they would come up …

Speak Out for Oct. 30, 2014

For the past several years Phil Kadner has criticized the state of Illinois for neglecting the south suburbs. So why is he endorsing Quinn? Perhaps this is a perfect example of why nothing ever changes. On the other hand, the incumbents do provide plenty of …

Speak Out for Oct. 29, 2014

Look, 183rd and Oak Park is the perfect place to try out (underline try out) a traffic circle. Lots of room and no traffic light for a half-mile, contrary to what someone else said in Speak Out. I’m not in favor of it, but let’s …

Speak Out for Oct. 28, 2014

Tinley Park does not belong in the real estate business. Look what happened in Oak Forest, which did the same. Bring on term limits. James P. from Tinley Park Adele: The reason (Jay) Cutler gets paid so much money is very simple. The Bears like …

Speak Out for Oct. 27, 2014

Why did the Bears give Cutler a seven-year, $126.7 million contract? Adele I wonder if Bruce Rauner would swear under oath that he didn’t tell the head of a major local union that if they weren’t with him, he would “bury” them? Interesting turn of …

I dropped by my local courthouse last Monday and voted early. Before stepping into the county clerk’s office, armed sheriff’s police had me empty my pockets and step through a metal detector. After I entered the Sangamon County clerk’s office, a cheerful worker told me …

What’s with our fascination with celebrities?

The first celebrity I ever encountered in person was Nellie Fox, the Hall of Fame second baseman for the pennant-winning Chicago White Sox of 1959. I was 11 when my father took our family of 10 to the Back of the Yards Carnival one warm …

Speak Out for Oct. 26, 2014

Everyone wants to know what will become of the land from the Tinley Park Mental Health Center. Only Mike Madigan and Ed Zabrocki know for sure. It will certainly wind up in the hands of the friends of Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan or John Cullerton, …