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 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 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 10th, 2017
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GRANT: After Equifax breach, blockchain can give control back to consumers

Former Equifax CEO Rick Smith, in testimony to Congress last week, dodged repeated questions from Sen. Elizabeth Warren about whether consumers do, or should, own the personal data that makes up their identities. More...

By Guest Poster On Friday, September 29th, 2017
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Illinois Policy: Illinois lawmakers stampede for the exit

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois Policy Institute) — The most likely driver is pretty obvious to most Illinoisans: the rage of constituents. Thirty state lawmakers in the 100th General Assembly will not be holding their More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
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Commentary: Claims by Feds and tech experts regarding Kaspersky Labs software is hogwash

Moments ago, we re-published an article published by the Associated Press (“Best Buy says it will no longer sell Kaspersky Labs software, worries ripple in consumer market” — which has since been 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 Monday, August 21st, 2017
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Illinois Policy Institute: Moody’s warns delay of state funding for Illinois schools a ‘credit negative’

SPRINGFIELD/CHICAGO (Illinois Policy Institute) — State lawmakers keep giving ratings agencies reasons to downgrade Illinois government: pension crises, years of bad budgets and a two-year budget impasse are More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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New Hampshire state representative Brandon Phinney: Why I switched parties

When I was campaigning for public office, I spoke to many of my constituents about current state issues. I talked about the need for fiscal conservatism, the need for a state budget that is balanced and sensible More...

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