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 …
President Donald Trump stepped up to declare houses of worship “essential places that provide essential services” to the American people.
It took just one non-COVID-19-related death to give us something to talk about other than the 100,000 American COVID-19 deaths or even the 10 Memorial Day holiday weekend murders in Chicago.
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…
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…
Life is filled with nuance, with complexity. Take, for example, the case of Amy Cooper. Cooper is a 41-year-old white woman who worked at Franklin Templeton, an asset management firm.
I have written on this subject before, but as this current election cycle is beginning to heat up, I hope to preempt the anger and vitriol with what I think is basic common sense.
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 …
With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy now officially has transformed into presidential politics 2020.
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.
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…
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.
Well, well … it’s getting interesting at the Department of Justice. It occurs to me this might be a delusion, or possibly my overactive imagination, but it bears commentary.
This week, former President Barack Obama reemerged from hibernation to lecture Americans about the threat to rule of law posed by the Trump administration. After Attorney General Bill Barr announced the Department of Justice would be dropping its case against President Donald Trump’s former …
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…
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.
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…
Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law the CARES Act to provide emergency measures to help us get through the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.
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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