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Columns and Commentary on Illinois and US Politics

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Last week, an e-mail went out to all employees in the Illinois Department of Public Health to let them know that their corporate cards will no longer work after April 22nd because Bank of America is not renewing the contract and the State cannot find a replacement.

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 14:33:54 +0000

Last week, an e-mail went out to all employees in the Illinois Department of Public Health to let them know that their corporate cards will no longer work after April 22nd because Bank of America is not renewing the contract and the State cannot find a replacement. Like most major companies, the State issues corporate [...]

In Illinois, Public Accountability is “Vexatious”

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:32:29 +0000

Illinois has long earned the reputation as one of the most corrupt states in the union and for reasons too numerous to list here. However, not content to have reached rock bottom, the Illinois Municipal League (a collection of local government officials) and Lord State Senator Ed Maloney have decided to start digging. This week [...]

MercatorNet: Taking Childbirth Home

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 03:40:55 +0000

An article I’ve authored recently has just been published at MercatorNet on homebirth. Take a look.

Sheriff Dupnik Facing Accountability from Voters over Incendiary Comments over Arizona Tragedy

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:17:20 +0000

Not much more than an hour after nutter Jared Loughner shot a Congresswoman in the head and killed several others, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik starting blaming the Tea Party and the right-wing for the killing. Some of the victims were not even pronounced dead yet and this law enforcement official sought not to stick to the [...]

Announcement of my Intention to Seek Appointment to 53rd Senate Seat Vacancy

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 19:59:20 +0000

Friends- We achieved many great victories this November and sadly a few races that did not go our way. For that, all of you should be proud of what we have accomplished. Among other big wins, Illinois has gained a great State Treasurer in Dan Rutherford. However, we have also lost a great Senator. As [...]

With Pork Like This No Wonder Illinois is Bankrupt

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:28:15 +0000

Imagine this, your state has a budget deficit of $13 Billion dollars (despite having a constitutional clause that requires balanced budgets). The state is months late in payments to local schools. Medicare providers aren’t getting paid to treat the poor so they stop seeing Medicare patients. Social service providers are going out of business because [...]

Illinois Tax Hikers Plot “Confidential Vote” to Pass Massive Tax Increase

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 15:55:27 +0000

The following should be post on shortly. It is no secret that Illinois’ finances are in dire shape. Despite a balanced budget requirement in the state constitution, politicians have spent vastly more money than was coming in for a decade. Combine that with the economic downturn and you get the expected result, a massive [...]

Column: Illinois’ Recall Amendment: Holding Politicians Accountable Only if they Say it is OK

Thu, 09 Sep 2010 12:21:34 +0000

The following will appear in papers throughout Illinois this weekend or next weekend. The ability of voters to recall corrupt or ineffective governors was a hot topic in the days after the arrest of Rod Blagojevich. Voters will get the chance to adopt an amendment that purports to give citizens this right. I support recall. [...]

My Latest Post at BigGovt: “Blagojevich Guilty on Only One Count, Hung Jury on 23 Others”

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:25:48 +0000

You can read the whole article here: After 30 days of trial and 14 days of deliberation in the up-and-down Rod Blagojevich corruption trial, the jury has announced it’s verdict. Of the 24 counts against Rod Blagojevich, the jury found Rod Blagojevich on only one count, the Martha Stewart offense (making false statements to investigators [...]

Saul Alinsky Goes to College: Radical Left Wing Academics Sabotage Free Marketplace of Ideas

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:15:30 +0000

(Note: By way of full disclosure, Ken Howell is my father-in-law.) Imagine this scenario. The University of Illinois hired an instructor to teach classes on Catholicism. That instructor teaches exactly what the Catholic Church teaches in regards to natural law and homosexuality. That instructor is summarily fired for hate speech. That is exactly what happened [...]

While Illinois Goes Broke, State Union Employees Get 14% Raise

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 18:53:46 +0000

It is no secret that Illinois is going broke with over $6 BILLION in unpaid bills to social service providers, Medicaid doctors, mental health providers and schools. It is also no secret that the state has a $13 BILLION budget deficit that the Chicago Democrats who control the entire state failed to address. Next year’s [...]

Illinois Democrats to Keep Black Republican off Ballot in November

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:13:35 +0000

I’ve received word of a disturbing turn of events coming out of Will County in Illinois. Apparently, the Will County Election Board is planning on keeping African-American mother Cedra Crenshaw off the ballot this November in her state senate race against A. J. Wilhelmi. She was slated by the Republican Party and gathered more than [...]

Illinois Funding Day Care Centers in Homes of Registered Sex Offenders

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 19:52:28 +0000

In what can only be described as a horrifying display of bureaucratic incompetence, the Illinois Auditor General has discovered that the Department of Human Services has been funding home day care centers inside the homes of registered sex offenders. Illinois, like many other states, provides assistance to low income families to pay for child care. [...]

Alexi Giannoulias is Sheltering one of Rod Blagojevich’s Clout Queens

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:37:51 +0000

Right now the State of Illinois and the nation at large are watching the brazen corruption of former Governor Rod Blagojevich on full display as his federal trial winds on. It’s a case that implicates several high-level officials in both parties and scores of connected contractors, lobbyists and insiders. Blagojevich was indicted for selling almost [...]