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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 …

Forum: No such thing as ‘values neutral’

I read a phrase recently that I hadn’t come across in a while — “values neutral.” Its basic idea is that we can operate an organization without favoring any particular values. Then I read an article that expressed a similar sentiment, using the phrase “within …

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, …

Speak Out for Oct. 24, 2014

Kudos to Brian Urlacher, who said Jay Cutler is an elite quarterback in pay only. Rick from Evergreen Park It is hard to believe that someone is blaming the Democrats for the historically high wealth gap that exists today between the top 1 percent and …

Operating Engineers Local 150 helps Grimm to help Quinn

I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 this month to Chad Grimm, the Illinois Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor. After all, Local 150’s president, Jim Sweeney, was out in front of the push to beat Bruce …

Speak Out for Oct. 23, 2014

Have you noticed when President Obama’s leadership rating fell to a new low? You don’t see Michelle and their children by his side voting like before. Scotty and Tony from Oak Lawn I see that someone thinks we should be celebrating Obamacare because it does …

Forum: It doesn’t make sense

Let me see if I have this right. President Barack Obama wants $3.7 billion for illegal aliens in the border crisis. We send millions and millions in foreign aid to God-knows-how-many countries around the world every year. We police the world, yet we do not …

Speak Out for Oct. 22, 2014

I’d like to thank President Obama for endorsing Pat Quinn for governor here in the bankrupt state of Illinois. Now, with a clear conscience, I truly believe that Bruce Rauner is without a doubt the correct choice for Illinois governor. Don from Orland Park I …

Speak Out for Oct. 21, 2014

Isn’t it ironic that the sports commentators, e.g., 670 The Score, can critique what is wrong with the Bears game plan and determine what needs to be corrected, but the coaching staff responsible for the performance cannot. Terry in Mount Greenwood In addition to all …

Speak Out for Oct. 20, 2014

I just want to remind everyone that John Boehner promised, but has yet to come up with, a replacement for Obamacare. Why? He doesn’t have a better plan, that is why. Remember that the next time the House takes a vacation. Suppose you have an …

Mitch Daniels has been a transformational leader for Indiana. During his eight years as governor, he charted a much different course for the Hoosier State than the one taken by Illinois. Last week, I sat down with the former governor, who’s now president of Purdue …

Varjavand: A controversial plan to deter rising income inequality

Numerous books have been written about economic inequality, especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession, but none has received as much attention from the academic community as “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by French economist Thomas Piketty. The depth and breadth of analyses presented …