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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: The Meaning "Family" Values

Opinion: The Meaning

The Gambino Family. The Manson Family. The Illinois Family Institute. What are these groups hiding with the word "family"? Read »

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: The State Too Busy to Hate

Opinion: The State Too Busy to Hate

Don't be outraged by North Carolina's rejection of gay marriage. See it as an opportunity to lure the Creative Class away from the South. Read »

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois Would Not Vote To Ban Gay Marriage

Opinion: Illinois Would Not Vote To Ban Gay Marriage

We're not ready to allow gay marriage, as some states have, but neither would be pass a statewide referendum to prohibit it, as North Carolina did on Tuesday. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Goo-Goos Snatch Scholarships From Underprivileged Students

Opinion: Goo-Goos Snatch Scholarships From Underprivileged Students

Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, says ending the Legislative Scholarship program will hurt students in his district. This is why "good government" is not always good for poor communities. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Odds On Your Next Governor

Opinion: Odds On Your Next Governor

It's never too early to start handicapping the 2014 field. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: George Will Disses His Home State

Will, who grew up in Champaign, claims higher taxes and fiscal irresponsibility will cause the wealthy to flee Illinois. This from a millionaire who chooses to live in Washington, D.C. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Quinn Promises To Run Again

One of the longest political careers in Illinois political history is about to get even longer. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Poll: Most Illinoisans Support Gambling Expansion

Poll: Most Illinoisans Support Gambling Expansion

Racetracks and horsemen conduct a poll that finds most people want slots at racetracks. Read »

Monday, Apr 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why the Cigarette Tax Is Another Poor Tax

Opinion: Why the Cigarette Tax Is Another Poor Tax

Poor people smoke more. Also, higher taxes encourage smokers to roll their own, which is more harmful than buying a factory cigarette. Read »

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois Beats Wisconsin In Job Creation

Opinion: Illinois Beats Wisconsin In Job Creation

Illinois ranked third in the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States. Wisconsin was 42nd. Take that, Scott Walker! Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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