Minimum wage increase will not boost Illinois economy

Raising the minimum wage will not boost the Illinois economy. Businesses must pay competitive wages regardless of the overwhelming support of 2 out of 3 Illinois voters for the non-binding minimum wage referendum in the November . Businesses cannot base their business decisions on a majority vote of the people. It’s not government’s job to determine the wages paid by private business. Private wages must be competitive or the business will close unless it raises prices; notwithstanding the prevailing wage for government projects. The General...

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Municipal alliances not always advantageous for taxpayers

According to a recent article  in the Rockford Register Star, Rockford is joining with fellow industrial cities, Peoria, Aurora and Danville to form an alliance to lobby state legislators for solutions to common urban problems in the areas of education, poverty, and crime. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis believes there is power in numbers and more could be accomplished with a group of municipalities lobbying Springfield legislators. The coalition could eventually include 10 to 12 cities representing over a million people. However, these cities are...

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National news quick on Tom Delay’s conviction but ignore acquittal

  The national network news media, ABC, CBS, and NBC were quick to broadcast stories of the conviction of Tom Delay, which was news, but it would be fair to say that they should have been just as quick to broadcast his exoneration at the appellate court level – NOT! Excerpt: Back in 2010, when ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was convicted on money laundering charges related to campaign fundraising, all three network morning and evening news shows made sure to tell their viewers. On their November 24, 2010 evening newscasts, all...

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NYC considers giving noncitizens the right to vote!

A few weeks ago I posted that the California legislature passed a bill that would make the state the first of many blue states in the nation to allow noncitizens, who are in the country legally, to serve on jury duty. Many commenters said so what? They are here legally and if they are not citizens, “what difference, at this point, does it make” to quote our former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton on Benghazi. Here is the difference that it makes – “Give a liberal an inch and they take a mile.” Now the New York...

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What difference does it make, Hillary?

During the questioning of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Benghazi, Libya , Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pressed her about the administration’s conflicting explanations for the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans. Clinton angrily responded to the senator, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one...

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