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… ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:11:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 18, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

The Affordable Care Act, besides insuring a lot of uninsured people, has also made coverage cheaper for the people that had coverage. The prescription drug problem is going down, George W. Bush’s doughnut hole is closing and your cost is going down everywhere. So it will be good, I think, if the Koch brothers keep lying about it. Maybe the Republican voters will realize they are being taken down the garden path. Anonymous Grandma hasn’t fallen off the cliff, yet the Republicans state the first thing they are going to do when they take over the Senate is repeal the … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:17:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 17, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

This is not intended to be a slam to people who are seriously in need of employment, but as I was reading online local job opportunity postings, I could not help but chuckle to myself and think, “How many creative names are there for what used to simply be called clerk or receptionist?” It used to be that you had to have a big job for a fancy title. Now you can have one of those with minimum wage. Tinley Park This isn’t a new topic, a very old one to say the least. It’s about the lack of respect … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:29:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Miller: Media-shy Madigan changes into media hound ]]>

A long time ago, I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan why he never golfed at his golf fundraisers. Madigan, D-Chicago, explained that he was a terrible golfer (he’s since improved, I’m told). If people saw him embarrassing himself badly on the golf course, they might take a dimmer view of him as a leader, he said. Madigan has applied this lesson to just about everything he does — he examines every angle before he acts, hates mistakes and almost never acts precipitously or impetuously. For example, Madigan and his staff gather a few times a week to read through … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:20:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 16, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Lenin, who is known as the father of socialism said, “Communism is the road to socialism.” Marx, who is the father of communism said, “Democracy is the road to communism.” Machiavelli would say there is no difference between the three, that is why the founding fathers gave us a republic, “if we could keep it,” as Franklin warned. Recently, numerous healthy trees in Garfield Ridge have been removed. Come November, those politicians presently in office will not get my vote. What we need are politicians that care about our natural environment. If Mayor Zabrocki was aware of the excessive rising … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:15:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 15, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

It’s almost Easter and temperatures have been well above freezing. It is time to take down the Christmas lights and decorations. Tinley Park Last year, Homer Glen underwent months of discussions with homeowners and Homer’s officials about whether to ban leaf burning as our other surrounding communities have or to continue to burn leaves. The decision was to issue permits to burn leaves under some restrictions. One of the restrictions was a 50-feet rule, which states leaf burning must be at least 50 feet from property lines or any structures. One big problem is permits are issued without a site … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:13:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 14, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Between Obamacare and a minimum-wage increase, it seems there will be fewer entry-level positions. Retail as well as fast-food is going to automated checkouts. I shop elsewhere because of Walmart’s self-checkouts. My husband has a pension. To keep his union solvent, we took a $350 decrease per month. I would like to know why the teachers think they are above anybody else and they can’t take a cut like the rest of us? The city of Chicago might have a shot if all of these teachers would let a cut in their pension go. We had to do it, and … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:17:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]> Lead story image

… ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shaw: Shrinking our super-sized state government ]]> Lead story image

The Illinois primary election was sadly historic — a record low voter turnout in the Chicago area of less than 20 percent — in part because nearly 80 percent of the nonjudicial races were uncontested. A lack of competition apparently produced a lack of interest. So, an obvious challenge for those of us who consider civic engagement a key component of a healthy democracy is to encourage more people to run for office and more people to vote. That means, among other things, reforming the electoral process, and the Better Government Association is on it. The push for a healthier … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:17:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 — the speed below which 85 percent of vehicles actually travel when not impeded by traffic or heavy visible enforcement. The Institute of Transportation Engineers says, “drivers traveling significantly faster or slower than the 85th percentile speed are at a greater risk of being in a crash.” The free-flowing 85th percentile speed on Chicago-area interstates is … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:17:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 13, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

A news flash for the writer who thinks today’s journalists have been brainwashed by socialist-bent college professors. It is not the so-called brainwashed journalists who decide what to write about and whether it gets into the newspapers. It is the owners of the newspapers who decide that. And as most newspapers today are owned by large corporations, I guess all of those big businessmen and businesswoman are closet socialists who refuse to publish anything embarrassing to the president. I thought most businesspeople had Republican leanings and am glad to have been enlightened. Chicago What were you editors thinking? Like the … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:17:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Graham Peck: Douglas had big impact on slavery pre-Civil War ]]> Lead story image

April 23 marks the 201st birthday of Stephen A. Douglas, most famous for his debates with Abraham Lincoln in 1858 but more significant historically for the broader role he played in American politics during the 1850s, one of the most portentous decades in the nation’s political history. Douglas was a Vermonter by birth and came to Illinois in 1833. A gifted orator and organizer, he soon founded the Democratic Party in Illinois and rose through the ranks, claiming a position in the U.S. Senate in 1846. He strongly advocated western expansion and war with Mexico, believing that the United States … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:21:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 11, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Kudos to Trustee Theresa Flynn on having Sheriff Tom Dart to oversee the goings on in Crestwood. Both of these individuals are dedicated, honest people who are a real assett to Crestwood. Judy from Crestwood Can someone give me the logic of assigning someone to 26th and California for jury duty when there is a courthouse much closer to a person’s home in Bridgeview. I know the usual comment that 26th and California has a greater need for jurors. So select more jurors from areas closer to 26th and California. Select jurors that are closer to Bridgeview. Simple, isn’t it? … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:14:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Miller: Wary of Rauner, Mike Madigan moves left ]]>

Worries about low Democratic turnout in an off-year election for an unpopular governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s millions in campaign spending are obviously driving much of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s legislative agenda this year. “If you’re an African-American on the South Side, what motivates you to vote for Pat Quinn when you wake up election morning?” was the blunt assessment of a longtime Madigan associate last week. For example, Madigan, D-Chicago, signaled last week that despite his past reluctance to raise the minimum wage and longtime alliance with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (which is leading the … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:09:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Forum: Redistricting reform needed ]]> Lead story image

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, the legislative leaders can virtually guarantee their candidates’ re-election, by realigning the boundaries of House and Senate districts. The districts typically have no discernible geometric shape, formed to make the Democratic candidate more electable. In 2012, incumbents in the House won re-election in 97 percent of the districts, and two-thirds of them did not face … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:10:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speak Out for April 10, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Socialists are everywhere, in Washington, in colleges, in the media, even in your closet and hiding under your bed. Good thing the only true American patriots, also known as old white male right-wingers, are on the alert. They’ll tell you that guns and the military are the only solution to our problems, Jesus is a Republican and there’s a widespread conspiracy to deprive old white guys like them of their rightful place as masters of the universe. Just don’t ask them to pay taxes to support anything they don’t agree with or you’ll mark yourself as yet another evil socialist. … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:09:36 -0500