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Rauner’s wealth  a nonissue Right on cue, the first thing out of Gov. Pat Quinn’s mouth after the March primary election was reference to Bruce Rauner’s wealth. The class war is on because the Democrats haven’t anything positive to run on. Rauner is a venture …

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Stunned by Reeder I had to pick myself up off the floor after reading conservative Scott Reeder’s column in which he said that John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” is one of his favorite books. Perhaps Scott did not read the parts about how the …

Forum: Raise tollway speed limits

Interstate highway speed limits that are too low are dangerous, and the speed limits on Chicago-area tollways such as I-88, I-294 and I-355 fit this description. Transportation engineers worldwide almost unanimously advocate posting speed limits based on what’s known as the free-flowing, 85th-percentile speed — …

Forum: Redistricting reform needed

In his Jan. 30 column (“A way for you to reform Illinois”), Phil Kadner wrote about the extensive gerrymandering of legislative districts that occurs every decde in Illinois and a way to change it. When one party controls the Legislature as the Democrats do now, …

Forum: Retirees thrown under bus

Thrown under the bus. Thrown overboard. Pick your metaphor, but that’s what has happened to Medicare-eligible, retired state workers in Illinois, all of whom by definition are senior citizens. Earlier this year, retirees who receive state pensions heard that they would be paying more for …

Prohibited heroin  is a killer Prohibited heroin is deadly because it is unregulated and the user never knows the strength or purity of the injected mix. Case in point: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2013, 46 people died of heroin overdose in affluent DuPage County. …

Forum: Protect your property

Imagine waking up one day to learn that you’ve lost your home, and it had nothing to do with a fire or burglary. It all started with a piece of paper and a devious criminal. Most people are not aware that it’s easier to steal …

Forum: No reason to omit judges from pension reform

Judges are not included in the pension reform law. When asked on the House floor why judges were excluded from the bill, Speaker Michael Madigan said the “intent was to eliminate the possibility of a judicial conflict during the adjudication of this matter through the …

Check judicial ratings before voting On Tuesday, Illinois voters will cast their ballots in the primary election for national, state and local offices. Sadly, voters often overlook the many candidates running for retention or election as judges. This is unfortunate, because judges make critical decisions …

End gerrymandering Our two political parties cannot agree on what is best for our country, right down to state, county and town. Politicians measure with extremely odd yardsticks. I prefer those who believe in God rather than those who believe they are God. Everyone complains …

Bicycles much worse than horses It’s a shame that Chicago wants to stop the horse carriage rides. If our mayor wants to beautify the city, he should get rid of those awful bicycle lanes and Divvy bikes. The carriage rides add a touch of class …

Forum: Follow CVS example

Kudos to CVS Caremark for making the right decision to end the sale of tobacco products. Cigarettes sharing shelf space with medicine, especially with a retail health clinic in the next aisle, sends a mixed message. As a physician I witness daily the harmful health …

Forum: On personal responsibility

In a culture in which there is an increasingly likely tendency for people to blame others, it’s worth pointing out that it’s not the responsibility of someone else to make my life easy for me. It is my responsibility to work hard, be diligent and …

Forum: Spend more on pre-K education

We applaud the ambitious birth-to-5 initiative unveiled by Gov. Quinn in his State of the State address. There is no doubt that high-quality, early childhood programs can reap huge long-term dividends. At Voices for Illinois Children, we have been advocating for early childhood investments for …

Forum: Remembering the good of Al Filan

Al Filan, the Brother Rice High School business teacher who solicited a prostitute from a website, is no longer among the living due to a tragic mistake. We have all made mistakes in our lives, some of which we deeply regret. Many of us have …