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Three judges want to bend state law rather than face voter retention

By The Madison County Record | Jan 19, 2016

Could Barack Obama, for instance, complete his second term and then run for the presidency again, as if for the first time, under a new persona?

The Madigan Mob rides again

By The Madison County Record | Jan 5, 2016

There are dangers associated with the public sale and consumption of alcohol, but most of us would agree that Prohibition was an overreaction to them and only made matters worse.

Is there something we should know about asbestos research?

By The Madison County Record | Dec 8, 2015

With a presidential election year coming up, political commentators and party hacks are sure to resuscitate that old canard about how so much money is spent on campaigning, how big donors undoubtedly expect something in return for their “investments,” and how we need to get the money out of politics.

The Big Bad Lopinot gets blowback

By The Madison County Record | Nov 30, 2015

They don't teach nursery rhymes and fairy tales in law school, but maybe they should.

EEOC's ‘awesome outcome’ could have unintended consequences

By The Madison County Record | Nov 17, 2015

Star Transport of Morton, Ill. must pay $243,000 in back pay and compensatory and punitive damages to two Somali-American Muslims who were terminated in 2009 after claiming that their religious scruples prevented them from participating in the shipment of alcohol..

Lawyer wannabes against the First Amendment

By The Madison County Record | Nov 10, 2015

Ever notice how people demanding tolerance are often intolerant?

Senator Anti-Student Durbin

By The Madison County Record | Nov 3, 2015

We'll never forget East St. Louis Assumption Catholic High School, which closed in 1989.

Go ahead, Thomas Maag, make our day!

By The Madison County Record | Oct 27, 2015

“Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?”

The Madigan Mob and the property tax protection racket

By The Madison County Record | Oct 20, 2015

You know how the protection racket works. Some big ugly goon shows up at the front door one day and offers to protect you from some big ugly goon who might show up at the front door one day.

It's amazing what one person can do

By The Madison County Record | Oct 14, 2015

One might legitimately ask why there aren't more heroes today, but the answer to that is simple, too. There aren't more heroes today, or at any time, because too many people are content to ask “What can one person do?” and assume it's a rhetorical question.

Are we wasting money on the Citizens Utility Board?

By The Madison County Record | Oct 6, 2015

You can't judge a book by its cover, or a proposed law by its title.

The kingdom of Madison County

By The Madison County Record | Sep 30, 2015

“A political machine has run government as its own kingdom for 50 years. It’s time for a change.”

The crazy cartoon world of Illinois public pensions

By The Madison County Record | Sep 23, 2015

Strange things happen in cartoons – things that could never happen in real life, things that are physically impossible – but cartoon lovers know that and delight in the alternate “reality.” The absurd goings-on are an essential part of animated humor.

We're Number One! We're Number One!

By The Madison County Record | Sep 15, 2015

We all want to be the best at something: the best athlete, the best musician, the best actor, the best whatever it is we've chosen to be.

'So corrupt it would make Rod Blagojevich blush'

By The Madison County Record | Sep 8, 2015

“It’s political payoff, pure and simple,” Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, said of Senate Bill 1229.

Trio of judges should not game the system

By The Madison County Record | Sep 1, 2015

There's the letter of the law and there's the spirit of the law.

A man walks into a bar . . .

By The Madison County Record | Aug 25, 2015

During the cultural revolution of the 1960s, young people were encouraged to “let it all hang out,” and they did as they were told.

State government should strive to make things easier for business to innovate

By The Madison County Record | Aug 18, 2015

If it's new, you can't do it. That's pretty much the default position of bureaucracy.

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