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Getting 340B drug discount program back on track

By The Madison County Record | Oct 2, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 28, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 28, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 28, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 20, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 12, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Sep 7, 2017

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

Ray Coleman statement of atonement

By The Madison County Record | Jul 27, 2017

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?

By The Madison County Record | Jul 25, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Jul 25, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | May 30, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | May 24, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | May 16, 2017

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

By The Madison County Record | Mar 15, 2017

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.”  

Madison County Citizens for Educational Sustainability: Vote 'no' on sales tax increase

By The Madison County Record | Mar 15, 2017

Some school board members are saying they “promise” to use some of this new sales tax money to “reduce” property taxes. But a school board member cannot make a promise “forever.” They can change their mind at any time. The purpose of this new sales tax is not to reduce property taxes. It’s to issue bonds, which could increase your property taxes.

Taxpayers cannot afford the same administration in Belleville

By The Madison County Record | Feb 21, 2017

Taxpayers and voters, please remember to vote on April 4. Our city cannot afford another four years of the current administration. The precious dollars you earn from which the city extracts should not be expended on lending your money to businesses. If businesses want to stay in business, they need to find a way to do so, but not on the backs of us taxpayers.

IMA: Budget must address pension obligations, work comp reform, tax code

By The Madison County Record | Feb 15, 2017

The IMA believes a final budget solution must address the root of the state's problems with structural reforms addressing our pension obligations and debt while restoring fiscal discipline and enacting real reforms that will create a vibrant business climate by attracting jobs and investments

Rauner missed opportunity in budget address

By The Madison County Record | Feb 15, 2017

In his budget address today, Gov. Bruce Rauner once again called for changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system, but missed an opportunity to spotlight the real problem with that system: insurance company profiteering.

New Trier High School avoids diversity like the plague

By The Madison County Record | Feb 8, 2017

It should be obvious that it’s not ideological diversity that we find in government schools today. It’s ideological incest committed by leftists. And the kind of de facto censorship of conservative ideas that is corrupting New Trier’s All-School Seminar Day is what transmogrifies education into indoctrination.

Madison County Board member pays tribute to firefighters

By The Madison County Record | Feb 7, 2017

On behalf of Madison County District 16, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have never met a firefighter that I did not like. You all are truly the best of us.

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