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A Good Definition of “Unsustainable”: Beneficiaries Negotiating Benefits Without the Benefactors PDF Print E-mail
Editorials
Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 05:01

Pensions are among the most important investments American workers and employers make. We work for years so that when the time comes, we can retire with enough income to live comfortably, enjoy the much-deserved leisure time, and engage in activities of our own choosing.

This week’s cover story examines Iowa’s and Illinois’ pensions, which, when coupled with health-care benefits, are in grave danger of insolvency, threatening to potentially bankrupt Illinois. This is due to the unsustainable “defined-benefit” pension plan that promises each employee a percentage of his or her annual income, regardless of the amount of contributions made by the employee, or on the employee’s behalf by the employer (the state’s taxpayers), over his/her years of service.

 
Feud Shows Madigan at His Ruthless Best PDF Print E-mail
Illinois Politics
Written by Rich Miller   
Sunday, 04 November 2012 05:12

There’s nothing quite like the spectacle of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan when he’s out to get somebody.

Just ask state Representative Skip Saviano (R-Elmwood Park).

The two men used to be allies, even friends. Saviano supported Madigan’s daughter when Lisa ran for state attorney general. But then Lisa turned against Saviano’s political mentor, the late Rosemont Mayor Don Stephens, blocking his dream of building a local casino because, she claimed, he was tied to the mob. Saviano vowed revenge.

 
Looking Beyond Election Day: The Issues That Threaten to Derail the Nation PDF Print E-mail
Guest Commentaries
Written by John W. Whitehead   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:44

While it may be months before the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy can be fully resolved, Americans cannot afford to lose sight of the very real and pressing issues that threaten to derail the nation.

What follows is an overview of the major issues that both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, despite their respective billion-dollar war chests, have failed to mention during their extensive campaign-trail stumping and televised debates. These are issues that aren’t going away anytime soon. Indeed, unless we take a proactive approach to the problems that loom large before us, especially as they relate to America’s ongoing transformation into a police state, we may find that they are here to stay.

 
Super-PACS Making Their Presence Felt in Illinois PDF Print E-mail
Illinois Politics
Written by Rich Miller   
Sunday, 28 October 2012 10:31

Independent expenditures in state legislative races are closing in on the $2-million mark since July 1, with most of that spending coming in the month of October, Illinois State Board of Elections records show.

In March, a federal judge struck down Illinois’ law capping contributions to so-called state super-PACs. Since then, according to the State Board of Elections’ Web site, $1.8 million has been spent by groups on Illinois campaigns, and – as of late last week – $1.3 million of that has been spent in the month of October alone.

Super-PAC money is expected to increase exponentially in 2014, when the governorship and other statewide offices are up for election. So far, just 11 independent-expenditure committees have been formed, but more will surely come after this cycle ends.

 
Time for New Blood on Scott County Board of Supervisors PDF Print E-mail
Editorials
Written by Todd McGreevy   
Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:47

There are two Scott County Board of Supervisors seats up for grabs in this year’s election. Voters who want a supervisor who actually supervises and reads the materials being presented prior to a vote would do well to give Jesse Anderson’s candidacy some serious consideration, regardless of your political affiliation. With experience and age, wisdom and knowledge should logically follow. Not so with the Scott County Board of Supervisors and how it has conducted business over the past several years, especially relative to big issues that impact all taxpayers in Scott County.

 
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