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  • Bridgegate follows Gov. Christie to Chicago

    Bridgegate follows Gov. Christie to Chicago
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, still dogged by the uproar over a politically motivated traffic jam ordered by his office last year, said at an event in Chicago on Tuesday that he was disappointed by the “bad judgments” made by people on his...
  • New leader for drug task force

    Kudos to the Illinois legislature for creating a task force on heroin abuse. Unfortunately, what a poor choice in State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Ill., to spearhead this task force. Lang's comments, combined with his legislative actions, demonstrate his lack of...
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • Raising Arizona -- Setbacks in the Grand Canyon State suggest Illinois is in a big legal hole

     
    If you think the political battle over pension reform in Illinois was long and tough, just wait for the legal battle. After years of wrangling, ducking and finger pointing, the General Assembly Tuesday passed a series of modifications to certain......
  • Why gay marriage question still matters in the GOP race for governor

     
    Practically speaking, Bruce Rauner is correct when he answers "doesn't matter" when asked for his views on same-sex marriage. He's one of four candidates for governor in next month's Republican primary, and there's a better chance that the state Capitol.....
  • So then what?

     
    News release from the Illinois Senate Democrats: By law, the state’s income tax rates drop on Jan. 1, 2015 - halfway through the upcoming budget year. That $1.6 billion revenue decline, combined with increased costs in required programs and...
  • 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...
  • 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...