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From the Right: Christmas Lists and Thoughts

Everyone makes Christmas lists this time of year. Here is my list to benefit everyone in Illinois…and a few back home. by Justin Shimko It’s that time of year where children are excited for Santa’s arrival all throughout North America and beyond. Parents, siblings, grandparents, and many others will be sending out their lists to […]

Remembering that Southwest Gal, Judy Baar Topinka

By Ray Hanania Judy Baar Topinka was one of the most energetic public officials I met. What a nice person. She was always smiling, even at moments of controversy. She was optimistic and always hopeful. It’s funny to see the mainstream news media pretend to be her friend. They pretty much ignored her, except when […]

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From the Right: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka was a true leader in Illinois, providing the blueprint for winning as a Republican in Illinois. by Justin Shimko The State of Illinois lost a fantastic woman early Wednesday morning as Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away suddenly after suffering a stroke just the day before. The news shocked […]

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By Ray Hanania Oak Lawn used to be one of the best communities in the Southwest Suburbs, but in recent years, the place has been turned upside down by vicious name calling, anonymous blogging and polarized hatred. Something needs to change Recently, several Oak Lawn residents told me they missed former Mayor Dave Heilmann. When […]

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I owe Jane Byrne for launching my journalism career

Chicago Mayor Jane M. Byrne, who died on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, was Chicago’s first female elected chief executive and the 41st mayor of the City of Chicago. The turbulence of her politics and administration launched my journalism career, and for that I owe her much Jane Byrne defeated the Machine but she became the Machine […]

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Webb discusses candidacy for 10th Ward Chicago alderman

American Arab Samantha Haddad Webb discusses her candidacy for alderman of Chicago’s 10th Ward in the February 24, 2015 election and the issues she hopes to address when she gets into the Chicago City Council Samantha Haddad Webb, candidate for alderman of the 10th Ward in Chicago, Illinois, talks about her candidacy and issues she believes […]

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How much influence did Liz Gorman & suburbs have in Rauner victory?

Bruce Rauner got his start and won the Republican Primary in March as a result of forming an alliance with Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman at the beginning of 2014. Gorman’s endorsement of Rauner over Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard secured Rauner’s GOP sweep. Voter turnout in Gorman’s district and the Cook County suburbs paved […]

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Sen. Dick Durbin’s election was close (by his margins), Democrat control of Congressional Delegation is weaker than we thought, is the Illinois 10th turning into the New Hampshire 1st are up today regarding Tuesday’s Illinois Elections. By Justin Shimko Two days after the election and we’re still poring over the numbers to find nuggets of […]

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From the Right: Why Last Night Wasn’t A Republican Wave in Illinois

The Republican Wave that swept the party to control in the US Senate and to record margins in the US House missed Illinois, as Democrats maintain their supermajorities in the General Assembly by Justin Shimko “Welcome to Red America.” “GOP Dominates Midterms.” “Republicans Ride Wave…” Those headlines may define the national election results but they […]

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Analysis, observations in Rauner-Quinn race for Governor

Republican Bruce Rauner defeated Pat Quinn in part by concentrating on voters in suburban Cook County, and by defining a clearer message that connected with Illinois voters By Ray Hanania Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn in a bitter race that saw campaign spending on both sides set new records. The election wasn’t even close. And […]

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