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Forum: Palos area Civil War soldiers overlooked

Updated: August 15, 2013 6:51AM



I read your July 4 story about the fundraising effort under way to recover the flag of the 100th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which fought in the Civil War, and return it for display at the at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

The story failed to mention the contributions made by area soldiers who did not live in Will County, such as men from Palos, Orland and Lemont townships, who were the only troops from Cook County to march away to war with the 100th.

Richard S. McClaughrey lived in Homer Township when the Civil War began but was one of the original settlers of the Palos area, arriving here in 1834. In 1862, he decided to recruit men from our area for the new regiment being formed in Will County. These men formed Company F and elected him captain. The Palos soldiers came from every part of the township and represented a true cross-section of our community.

I hope everyone who can will support the flag project, which is as much a part of Palos area history as Will County’s.

Robert Busch

Palos Park

Tinley Park needs to OK video gambling

Illinois has approved video gambling at local establishments that serve liquor, but towns do not have to allow it and Tinley Park is among the holdouts. The village officials give no reason for this other than moral judgments.

Several small bars and restaurants in the village are about to go out of business because they have lost patrons, primarily to Oak Forest, which allows video gambling. The financial geniuses in Tinley Park should look at the facts.

During the first five months of 2013, Oak Forest received $44,434 from its share of video gambling revenue and merchants took in $311,038.

Tinley Park taxpayers and merchants are the losers in this equation. Village officials need to face reality or give a definite reason for denying video gambling.

Another reason for term limits.

James D. Pauly

Tinley Park

Give the GOP a chance

We in Cook County have been ruled by Democrats for more than 50 years. We can blame them for the combat zone many of us live in because Republicans don’t exist, at least in Chicago and its nearby counties. Today, Chicago and “Crook County” rule the entire state.

It’s too bad that the Republican Party doesn’t exist in much of the Chicago area and that Republicans are a distinct minority in Springfield because anyone who thinks the Democrats are doing a better job of looking out for us is just plain deluded.

Republicans aren’t the bad guys. They do use common sense. I hope that you use yours at the next election.

Democrats have had many years to bring Illinois back to prosperity. How’d they do?

Bob Schaack

Oak Forest



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