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Reaction pours in from Gov. Pritzker’s State of the State address

Reaction pours in from Gov. Pritzker’s State of the State address

“Today we saw Gov. Pritzker introduce the largest budget in the history of the state of Illinois,” said State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb), Illinois House Republicans’ chief “budgeteer” in reaction to Wednesday’s State of the State and budget speech by Gov. JB Pritzker.MORE

Illinois Secretary of State calls for tougher ethics laws

Illinois Secretary of State calls for tougher ethics laws

By WMBD-TV SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Secretary of State is backing a new bill pending in the General Assembly that would require more transparency and disclosure regarding the financial dealings of lobbyists. Alexi Giannoulias said the measures, contained in House Bill 4591, are pertinent given the recent sentencing of a former aide of disgraced state Rep. Mike Madigan.…MORE


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…