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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 …

Forum: Protected bike lanes needed

I like the idea of bicycling, especially within manageable distances. Bike commuting allows people to get outside, exercise and reduce their carbon footprint while still getting from point A to point B. With the price of gas, it’s much more realistic to ride a bike …

Speak Out for July 27, 2014

The city of Chicago needs more police now. It’s obvious the police that they have on duty no longer are able to keep our lakefronts and beaches safe for use by families. I refuse to take my family downtown to Navy Pier, Taste of Chicago, …

Speak Out for July 25, 2014

For years, the politicians have looted the pension funds and broken contractual agreements. Now they have the audacity to resolve the shortfall by charging it to the victims. Most thieves go to jail, but in Illinois, the comatose voters re-elect them. JS, Oak Lawn I …

Miller: Poll shows Rauner economic plan popular, but ...

A July 17 poll by Capitol Fax/We Ask America asked 1,063 respondents about Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner’s economic plan for Illinois. “That plan calls for a freeze on property taxes and rolling back the 2010 income tax increase. It also implements a new tax …

Speak Out for July 24, 2014

To the comment on July 23 about the “majority of people on Obamacare already had insurance but were forced into the government plan.” My family wasn’t forced into a government plan. In fact, we are paying less than we paid before Obamacare to BCBS. We …

Forum: Ryan still in denial

Former Gov. George Ryan is free to talk now that he is out of prison and off probation, and not surprisingly again he has put his foot in his mouth. He was Illinois secretary of state when the Willis family van drove over a piece …

Speak Out for July 23, 2014

Go online or call on all your bank accounts, IRAs, 401(k)s, annuities and other accounts and check to see if there is a beneficiary and/or POD listed. My wife and I checked ours, and two accounts had no one listed at all even though the …

Speak Out for July 22, 2014

To the people who are worrying about CTU President Karen Lewis running for mayor (of Chicago), don’t. She would have to face a lot of the problems she created, rather that just blame someone else. I’ll take any bets that she will come up with …

Speak Out for July 21, 2014

To the person who challenged anyone to name one accomplishment of President Obama: How about the demise of Osama Bin Laden, who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans? On a personal note, I have an artificial heart valve. Without the Obama-sponsored Affordable …

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, …