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The recovery stage for our economy is finally here, and now the policy priority has to shift to getting people back on the job and getting businesses up and running. The best incentive to get businesses hiring again and get workers off unemployment is to suspend the payroll tax for the rest …

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At this point, it’s almost a pathology. Whatever the crisis, whatever the state of the economy, Republicans crave another tax cut for the rich.

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WASHINGTON — It has become a hallmark of the Trump era: the shameful end to a distinguished career.

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This weekend was always the finals of the State of Illinois Track and Field season. Not this year. With the shutdown so many events are cancelled, jobs are gone, and health is endangered. When we get over this pandemic, whenever that might be, people will go back to work, restaurants will re…

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In my isolated state, I recently reread “A Time of Gifts,’’ one of my favorite books, written by Patrick Leigh Fermor. For me when locked down, reading books on travel, places and journeys provides pleasure and solace. However, if you are 18 years of age and trying to decide whether to go to…

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America is starting to reopen for business across the country — except for a handful of states where lockdown orders are expected to remain in place for weeks to come. With very few exceptions, the cities and states that have ordered their businesses to remain comatose and their millions of …

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In one week, I will end my 50th year practicing law in Illinois. Sure, I graduated in 1967 and passed the bar, but my swearing in was put on hold as I was in Washington, D.C. working for the CIA and awaiting my entry into the military service. After all, it was the middle of the Vietnam War.

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WASHINGTON — Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp needed a way to show that he hadn’t been rash to reopen restaurants, theaters, nail salons and the like in late April.

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In national polling, former vice president Joe Biden is the clear 2020 front-runner. He’s up about 5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average; he’s up in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. That’s because Biden campaigned as the anti-Bernie Sanders: a “return to normalcy” ca…

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Because of a lesson I was taught a long time ago, some things have become second nature. A wise man once told me many thousand times over, someone who never knew me did something that befitted me. Although I knew exactly what he meant, his final words from that lesson never left me.

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Washington’s very Washingtonian behavior has just underscored why the stimulus should not depend on Washington.

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When the Covid-19 pandemic ends, our masks are off, and things are back to normal, a future autopsy of the pandemic will be written on how businesses and industries were affected. A major part of the report will cover the meatpacking plants. They have been the hotbeds for the virus. Their da…

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It has been two weeks since Illinois has been under a state mandate to wear a mask while in public. Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued the proclamation that began May 1. It requires all residents age 2 and older to wear a mask whenever in public and when social distancing guidelines cannot be adhered to.

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We have been locked down for about two months now, and some of the most bizarre happenings are occurring with little commotion. Never has there been a time when the personal views about the president were further apart. He has provided us with some good humor although he wouldn’t probably co…

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Be optimistic. Get excited. Great things are on the brink of occurring. Positive shifts in paradigms are happening. Be open and embrace the future. From the ashes of a pandemic, incredible and positive change can occur. Be open.

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WASHINGTON — In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote secretly to President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the potential need for “quick action” toward the development of atomic weapons.

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As the fourth week of confinement set in, most Americans began to feel itchy. They wanted some fresh air, fresh conversation, and fresh news other than about the virus and isolation. Reading has become an increased way to spend time. If the TV is overused it has become too much screen time f…

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