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, the popular Chicago-area hot dog franchise, to Peoria. Developer William Torchia convinced our City Council that such assistance was the More...

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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...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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Emery: Packers, Bears prepare for 193rd meeting Thursday, lifetime series tied

The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears renew the NFL’s oldest and longest rivalry when they meet for the 193rd time on Thursday night (7:25, CBS). Incredibly, it’s the rubber match. The series, which began More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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Manar/Bourne: Bipartisanship in General Assembly led to historic landmark school funding reform

Educating children should be a bipartisan issue. Two weeks ago in the General Assembly, it finally was. After years of working on this issue and months of intense negotiations, the General Assembly passed a landmark More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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Letter To The Editor: Montgomery County Board faces potential cuts for Fiscal Year 2018

The tentative Montgomery County budget for fiscal year 2018 came in with a deficit of approximately $600,000 in the General Fund. The General Fund supports many of the offices and services citizens use everyday. More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
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With Sessions’ sentencing change, it’s time to end secrecy around private prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced new guidelines (justice.gov) that will result in a significant increase in the prison population, directing federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties More...

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