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#MeToo movement long overdue

In his January 5 Argument in this paper, John Hopkins calls the #Me Too movement an organized witch hunt.

ITLA responds to 'Judicial Hellhole' report

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has again recycled its annual “report” to stoke prejudice and fear of our state’s legal system. ATRA, a well-funded front group for the nation’s wealthiest corporations, works to undermine the independence of courts to help corporate interests avoid responsibility for their dangerous behavior and reckless actions.

Stop increasing our property taxes

To all taxing bodies: It's time to stop this addiction to OPM (Other People's Money). Stop increasing our property taxes and start living within our means.

Opioid litigation should not be opportunity for lawyers' big payday

Madison County needs to heed the lessons from the tobacco lawsuits and focus on what is best for Madison County residents – not on making sure personal injury lawyers get a big payday.

The case of the hidden property tax

Truth in taxation wins and the residents can trust that no more than the requested tax levy will be collected.

Belleville's now permanent 'temporary' sales tax is driving out people and businesses

The city officials who told the people then that it was just "temporary" knew they were going to keep it. The more they get the more they spend.

Getting 340B drug discount program back on track

While not yet in the limelight of healthcare discussions, and totally unknown to most people, the federal 340B drug discount program affects many vulnerable patients in Southwestern Illinois. Created in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients afford valuable medications by providing certain hospitals and safety net clinics with discounted medicine, the 340B program is no longer functioning as intended.

McCarter lashes out at Rauner over abortion funding bill HB40; Says he should not run for re-election

I am extremely disappointed in the Governor’s decision. The new law requires abortions be paid for with tax dollars for any reason, including sex, race, or imperfection, throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

Rauner's statement on signing abortion funding bill

I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle.

IL GOP statement on HB40

I am disappointed in the Governor’s decision to sign HB40 as the Illinois Republican Party opposes taxpayer-funded abortions.

Reaction to civil asset forfeiture bill signing

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 303, which adds additional protections against civil asset forfeiture. The law will protect residents from having their property seized unjustly by the government if they are accused of a crime.

ITLA responds to Harris poll

If the U.S. Chamber wants a debate over what justice means for someone who lost a child due to a physician’s gross negligence, a worker maimed because his plant didn’t want to spend a few extra dollars for safer equipment, or for an individual killed when shrapnel severed their carotid artery after a defective airbag inexplicably exploded in their face, let’s have that debate.

Like California, so goes Illinois as sanctuary state

What recourse do law-abiding patriots have when elected officials blatantly show disrespect for our laws?

Ray Coleman statement of atonement

I want to take this opportunity to make a declarative statement to those familiar with my history as the head basketball coach at East St. Louis Sr. High School from 2010 to 2012.

What is moral responsibility of city administration in Granite City?

Is it appropriate to waive a possible cumulative total in excess of $6,000 in fees and fines (according to the language in the ordinance) because those persons violating the ordinance are city employees?

News vacuum opens door for start-up to focus on important things

That vacuum will provide an opportunity for a new political message and a new cable news messenger. This new entity will speak to those who are not adherents to the message of the crazy left or the crazy right. It will focus on how to achieve the goals listed above; jobs, a significant increase in family purchasing power, an optimistic future for children, and the ability for individuals to control their own senior years.

Ignore at your own risk: radio frequency/microwave radiation

In a breaking news story on March 3, the CA Department of Public Health, in a widely distributed report, released a draft document outlining heath officials' concerns about cellphone radiation exposure after keeping it under wraps for over seven years. For those who have denied the hazards of cell phone usage in the past, this study cannot be ignored. Cell phones emit a kind of energy called radiofrequency EMF's (electromagnetic fields).

Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud in which early investors see quality returns, not because their money was invested wisely as the investors are led to believe, but because new investors fund the payouts. The cycle perpetuates itself – more and more new investors are needed to continue to fund previous investors' returns at an unbeknownst higher risk to themselves – until it inevitably collapses.

Reasons why FNC is losing audience to MSNBC

For those of you who do not follow things as mundane as television rating scores, you may be surprised to learn that Fox News Channel (FNC) is losing its lead as the powerhouse in primetime cable TV ratings to MSNBC. There are a couple of reasons why.

Belleville candidate responds to sitting alderman's 'she knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning' comment

Note Phil Elmore's social media post: March 8, 2017 (International Women's Day) He writes: "Anybody that votes for Lillian hates Belleville and progress. She knows Ajax and vacuum cleaning, that's it. For Belleville sake I hope this is the last we hear from her lunacy.”