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McCALEB OP-ED: Collapse of Harvey’s finances signals what’s to come across Illinois

(Illinois News Network) — The unfolding fiscal crisis in south suburban Harvey should send shivers down the spines of public employees and retirees across Illinois. It also should give pause to taxpayers, who already pay the highest combined local and state taxes in the country and who continually are being forced to pay more because of unsustainable More...

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By Guest Poster On Friday, April 13th, 2018

GUEST EDITORIAL: SIEA opposes new tariffs on newsprint from Canada

The Southern Illinois Editorial Association strongly opposes new tariffs on Canadian newsprint. The newspaper industry has faced several challenges over the past decade that have led to a decline in advertising More...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, April 5th, 2018

COMMENTARY: Illinois legislature considering allowing tax bills to be paid with cryptocurrency

A recent topic of discussion in the Illinois House may become a point of discussion in next week’s scheduled hearing of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, slated for 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. What More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

EDWARDS: The Patent and Trademark Office — an enemy to America’s inventors

The Patent and Trademark Office, the federal agency charged with securing certain intellectual property, has become an enemy of America’s inventors. How is it that an office charged with protecting innovation More...

By Jake Leonard On Saturday, March 24th, 2018

COMMENTARY: The establishment choices in Illinois are horrible. Vote different.

An unmitigated disaster that is the two-party system with one-party rule in Illinois and America contributed to such a dismal showing in Tuesday’s primary election. That disaster comes in the form of two establishment More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

COMMENTARY: Carlinville mayor wants to take your vote away while pushing for home rule status

Carlinville mayor Deanna Demuzio placed a special item on the agenda for the sole purpose of stripping voter rights away in determination to grant a municipality of less than 25,000 residents home rule status in More...

By Illinois News Network On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

McCALEB: What’s real as the primary election approaches

(Illinois News Network) — Everyone who watches even just a bit of TV or who checks their mailboxes every now and then knows there’s an election around the corner. The dubious campaign ads and colorful More...

By Lyle "Mac" McElroy On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Mac’s Korner: Week of February 21, 2018

Three out of four voices in my head want to sleep. The other wants to know if penguins have knees! **** A good laugh and a long nap are two best cures to anything. **** My Jeannie’s cooking is so fabulous, More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

COMMENTARY: Shelbyville city bond referendum just doesn’t make sense

I read a letter to the editor submitted to the Shelbyville Daily Union, which was published Monday, from Debe Wright, water and sewer commissioner for the City of Shelbyville, regarding an upcoming referendum up More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, February 5th, 2018

Commentary: Illinois Family Institute continues campaign of ignorance on pot legalization

Kathy Valente from the Illinois Family Institute has yet again continued the organization’s ignorance campaign on a pending Cook County resolution to legalize marijuana in the county. In a Letter To The Editor More...