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Miller: Edgar support may aid Rauner with independents

I’m not sure why, but the surprise appearance by former Gov. Jim Edgar at the Illinois State Fair’s Republican Day didn’t generate much media coverage. Despite the fact that Edgar is a Republican, this was not an easy “get” for gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. I’m …

Speak Out for Aug. 21, 2014

It’s so nice to see families and friends (from all over Chicago) come together to support the Jackie Robinson West team. That’s what a community should be doing. Pat from Alsip Someone on the news said that the boys of the Jackie Robinson Little League …

Forum: A comic genius will be missed

I remember watching Robin Williams once on the David Letterman show, and hilarious, high-energy, comic chaos ensued. It was bedlam. Even Letterman, who can enter into comic verbal sparring with anyone, just sat back, smiling, and let Robin riff. It seemed like Robin’s mind could …

Speak Out for Aug. 20, 2014

When did the policeman cease to be a friend and help the citizen? It seems like his job is to find something wrong and criminalize you as soon as possible. When my car was vandalized, the Mokena police acted like I was taking them away …

Speak Out for Aug. 19, 2014

Wow, 29 shootings, five killings in Chicago this weekend. Will Holder send the FBI to investigate? Mary from Lansing The police already scan everyone’s license plate for warrants or to see if a car is stolen. Why can’t the computer also tell them when someone …

Speak Out for Aug. 18, 2014

Who’s telling the truth? The cop or Dorin Johnson, who was walking with the victim and was an eyewitness to the entire tragedy. Even though not admissible in court, a polygraph test given by an impartial expert to give an indication who’s telling a true …

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 …

Forum: Need new plans to stop violence

It is so disconcerting to witness the escalating gun violence that is plaguing Chicago. This violence is not the fault of Rahm Emanuel, Garry McCarthy or Barack Obama. It’s the fault of the perpetrators and their families or lack thereof. Guns do not kill people. …

Speak Out for Aug. 17, 2014

Ted of Frankfort Square: You may be happy to look at unsightly medians, but your state tax dollars are being wasted elsewhere, instead of being used as they were intended, if the Illinois Department of Transportation is not maintaining the medians or reimbursing your local …

Speak Out for Aug. 15, 2014

Regarding President Obama on the golf course: For the record, this president has taken only 129 days of vacation. At this point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 407. Mel from Orland Park Hit the road, Jack: Owner of the L.A. Clippers Donald …

Miller: Feds deserve credit for reducing case vs. Ford

As you probably know by now, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago agreed to drop all felony charges against state Rep. LaShawn Ford and charge him instead with a lone misdemeanor. The original 17 counts of bank fraud and submitting false information to a bank …

Speak Out for Aug. 14, 2014

What is it that makes Fox News the enemy? Have you ever watched it? They have both left and right people on. Where do you get your information from? The Sunday pulpit? The Internet? Bill Maher? Colbert? Jon Stewart? Please don’t say MSNBC. Research the …