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  • Webliography: Can the state reduce pension benefits?

     
    UPDATED! There have been a variety of formal opinions issued on the question of whether the Illinois Constitution allows the state to state reduce pension benefits and if so in what fashion. Here are some: No Is welching on public......
  • Umm....just one little thing about this pension reform bill

     
    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford in a news release: I have taken due consideration over the long Thanksgiving weekend to evaluate the proposal for State Public Pension Reform. Having examined the information available, I do not support the current...
  • Aldermen pass Emanuel's $7 billion budget, 45-5

    Aldermen pass Emanuel's $7 billion budget, 45-5
    The City Council on Tuesday voted 45-5 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $7 billion budget plan, which will boost a host of taxes, fines and fees for 2014 but leaves the politically toxic property, sales and gas taxes at current levels. It was the third...
  • Illinois lawmakers approve gay marriage

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for President Obama's home state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than...
  • Gay marriage vote a victory for family values

     
    Allowing same-sex unions is good for parents, children Friday's print column What a short, strange trip it's been. In the spring of 1993, when I began writing in support of same-sex marriage, the idea was so toxic — only about......
  • Reasonable doubt about mandatory minimum sentencing

     
    Friday's print column--UPDATE: Jens Ludwig responded to this column and John Maki responded to Ludwig's response, and so on, rendering the bottom portion of this post a Rhubarb Patch feature. See below. The idea has a lot of common-sense appeal:......
  • The gay-marriage bill (Illinois Senate Bill 10), text version

     
    Just so we're clear what the debate is about... SB 10, The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.... Section 5. Purposes; rules of construction. This Act shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purpose, which is to......
  • The out-of-focus 'religious liberty' argument against gay marriage

     
    Wednesday's print column A rally for same-sex marriage is held outside the State Capitol in Springfield on the first day of the fall veto session in Springfield. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune /October 22, 2013) Pity the intolerant wedding...
  • Chicago Forward: marriage equality in Illinois

    Chicago Forward: marriage equality in Illinois
    Thirteen states now allow same-sex marriage. Illinois isn’t one of them.  Though the Illinois Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in February,  the bill’s sponsors haven’t come up with the votes to pass it in...
  • Duh! Coach

     
    Story: Ditka regrets not challenging Obama (Mike) Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach, was speaking at an oil company event last week in Watford City, N.D., when he recalled his decision not to run against Barack Obama in the 2004......
  • Gay marriage, assault weapons ban votes delayed in Illinois Senate

    Gay marriage, assault weapons ban votes delayed in Illinois Senate
    The Illinois Senate left the State Capitol later today without voting on measures to legalize gay marriage and outlaw assault weapons, leaving the fate of those controversial issues in doubt. A committee advanced the same-sex marriage bill late this...