BERG: Small businesses are the lifeblood of Illinois, but they’re treated like dirt

(Illinois News Network) — Nov. 25 marks the arrival of Small Business Saturday across the nation. And Illinoisans have a lot to appreciate. For all the talk of big-box dominance, mom and pop shops are the Land of Lincoln’s economic workhorses. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees created the vast majority (75 percent) of net new jobs in More...

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By Illinois News Network On Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
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McCALEB: Reasons to be thankful in tax-and-spend Illinois

(Illinois News Network) — Many Illinoisans will be hard-pressed this week to find something to be thankful for with regard to a state government that is taxing and spending its way to insolvency. The General More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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HAMILTON: Balancing out the lobbyists

One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisors,” or “strategic counsel,” or More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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MARTIRE: A historical lesson on tax cuts

To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families More...

By Lyle "Mac" McElroy On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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Mac’s Korner: Week of November 22, 2017

Mac’s Korner: Week of November 22, 2017 Late one night in Washington, DC a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of Harry Reid and stuck a gun in his ribs; “Give me your money,” he demanded. More...

By Guest Poster On Sunday, November 19th, 2017
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KEEL: Crony capitalism plays in Peoria

The Peoria City Council has approved an extra 1 percent sales tax, but not for schools, roads, or fire/police protection. This “enhanced” tax rate was set up to benefit the developer who is bringing Portillo’s, More...

By Illinois News Network On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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McCaleb: Legislators break into song and dance when real fix is needed

(Illinois News Network) — I’ve been called many things, but handy isn’t one of them. When something around the house breaks, I usually take a look at the problem, dig through my toolbox, look More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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Commentary: Time for a sane alternative to the Moore circus, write in Ron Bishop for U.S. Senate

Recent revelations regarding sexual misconduct from Republican U.S. Senate Roy Moore has turned the special election for Jeff Sessions’ vacated seat into a carnival sideshow. Accusations from five women so More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, October 29th, 2017
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Commentary: Austin Petersen devolved from an anti-Trump libertarian to a MAGA sellout Republican for Missouri U.S. Senate race

(John Raoux/AP file photo) Austin Petersen, a longtime “small-l” libertarian, is in the running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri in 2018. What voters don’t realize is his devolution More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
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SINCLAIR: If it’s billionaire vs. billionaire, I’m sitting election out

If next year’s election comes down to Bruce Rauner versus J.B. Pritzker, I’m not voting.  I have not missed voting in 35 years, but I will not cast a vote for either man. Why? I blame everybody. I blame the More...

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