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HAMILTON: Congress tanks, but does it care?

We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress — I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it — is in deep trouble. And no one seems to be offering hope. Its public standing is abysmal, occasionally dropping into the single digits More...

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By Illinois News Network On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
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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 Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
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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
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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...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, February 1st, 2018
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Commentary: What’s missing from the State of the State equation in Illinois?

By now, everyone knows what Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said in his State of the State address. We know what has been said by House and Senate Republicans. We know what has been said by House and Senate Democrats. More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
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GARCIA: A wake-up challenge is needed for American millennials

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln “Great men, great nations have not been boasters and buffoons, More...

By Guest Poster On Monday, January 22nd, 2018
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BERG: Hold on to your wallets, Springfield back in session for 2018

State lawmakers will start returning to their perches in Springfield Jan. 23. What can Illinoisans expect? 2017 left a bad taste in the mouths of many. The year began with an impasse and ended in a torrent of treacherous More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
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KRISTIAN: No, Donald Trump is not a libertarian president by any measure

The American Conservative is a reliable source of thoughtful commentary, and an outlet to which I am happy to contribute on occasion. For these reasons I was prepared to give a fair reading to a Monday article, More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, January 8th, 2018
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COMMENTARY: Trump IS NOT remotely close to being a “libertarian” president

Shortly after 11 PM last night, I received an alert from Google with an as-it-happens update (as that is a way we do find our news sometimes) and the headline from this particular article made me want to puke because More...

By Guest Poster On Friday, January 5th, 2018
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CAMPANELLA: Time to focus on school choice in Illinois and across America

Later this month, schools, homeschool groups, organizations, and individuals in Illinois and across America will work together to raise awareness about the importance of opportunity in K-12 education. National More...