Category: Political

Suggestions: Steps to create new U.S. foreign policy

How not to conduct foreign policy: Just follow the example of Donald J. Trump in all aspects of dealing with other sovereign nations, as follows: • Step one. Change the direction of your policy statements every day, based upon the opinion of the last person you speak to before retiring...

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Sugar Grove Chamber has scholarships

Sugar Grove Chamber has scholarships The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce & Industry is offering and accepting applications for 2018 scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded, by committee selection, from received applications by individuals residing in the Sugar Grove community. The scholarship applications, with requirements, are...

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On Robert Kennedy 50 years later

June 5 will mark a half-century since Robert Kennedy’s assassination, in the midst of his presidential campaign and a tumultuous 1968 that claimed the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. just two months earlier. University of Illinois communication professor John Murphy has written about both Robert Kennedy...

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Just a thought on possible Nobel Peace Prize for president

A Nobel Peace Prize for Donald J. Trump? Already, Republicans in Congress are cobbling together the required application to be presented to the Nobel Prize Committee. They cite the upcoming talks between Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Un-jong, which may result in the long-awaited end to the Korean War...

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Montgomery Police Officer Kelli Smith receives a Life-Saving Award

Montgomery Police Officer Kelli Smith receives a Life-Saving Award from Montgomery Police Chief Phillip J. Smith at the Montgomery Village Board meeting Monday. Officer Smith, who has been with the Montgomery Police Department for approximately a year-and-a-half, responded to a call of an infant in medical distress in the 2400...

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Reader’s Voice: Rising up to protect the whole

April 30, 2018 Dear editor; I was pleased to find I am in the company of great thinkers, such as Nietzsche, who need to get away to contemplate or write because of a mind full of thoughts. A lot of times I think about our government and our participation as...

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True New Populism, start of new American Revolution

From the vault, September 12, 2000 (revised): Election season is upon us once again, and this time around a new wind is blowing. It is the wind of populism, not the fake populism Donald Trump peddled two years ago to gain the votes of the disaffected, whom he quickly betrayed...

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Kane County Clerk’s lottery for party ballot placement

A lottery for party ballot placement in the November 6 general election was held Monday, at the Kane County Clerk’s Office in Geneva. Robert J. Sandner, Kane County chief deputy compliance coordinator, right, closes his eyes and selects one of two pieces of paper with Democratic on one paper and...

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Constant melodrama in U.S. government hides danger, A to Z

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly-contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting, and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. Played...

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State bill adds burden for threats

In an effort to crack down on individuals threatening violence against schools on social media, State senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) sponsored Senate Bill 563, which passed the Senate unanimously Thursday, April 26. Under SB 563, individuals who threaten a school through social media would be required to reimburse police departments...

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On living in an age of war profiteers, monsters, loss

Let us not mince words. We are living in an age of war profiteers. We are living in an age of scoundrels, liars, brutes, and thugs. Many of them work for the U.S. government. We are living in an age of monsters. Ask Donald Trump. He knows all about monsters....

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Theodore Roosevelt: Brinkley’s book ‘The Wilderness Warrior’

President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1908) reprisor Joe Wiegand will offer two free public appearances in Aurora, Saturday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santori Library of Aurora, 101 S. River Street, and 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Boulevard, Aurora, to help celebrate Roosevelt-Aurora...

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Close votes at Aurora City Council; IT plans in focus

A couple of Aurora City Council votes were close at the body’s meeting Tuesday evening. One vote approved paying the professional services agreement with Crowe Horwath, of Oakbrook Terrace, in the amount of $90,000. for technology-related services. The agreement was approved 7-4 after it was sent back to the Committee...

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Representative Kifowit seeks to augment sexual education

Representative Stephanie Kifowit (Oswego-D) filed the first piece of legislation in the State General Assembly authored by the members of the 84th District Youth Advisory Council. It focuses on the need of high school students to participate in a more in-depth discussion of what constitutes consent and sexually-abusive behavior through...

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Teddy Roosevelt in Aurora April 14

History will come to life in salutes to citizenship when Joe Wiegand returns to Illinois as Teddy Roosevelt. During the performance from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Santori Public Library of Aurora, 101 South River Street in Aurora, Wiegand will salute the Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion...

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Rauner, Pritzker, prevail; commissions lose

Voters, in light numbers, completed the Illinois primary election Tuesday for candidates and propositions. See selected listed results on page 7. Incumbent governor Bruce Rauner won the Republican Party nomination, even though opponent Jeanne Ives won in DuPage, Kane, and Kendall Counties. JB Pritzker won the State Democratic Party nomination...

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In the early days, U.S. high tariffs just the norm

Free-trade agreements. Tariffs. Capitalism. What’s not to like about them? Keep reading, dear reader. The astute observer of the writings of the present scribe will note that he has taken our accidental president to task on many an occasion and that he believes the rascal should be put out to...

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Students continue pressure on politicians, use walk-out

By Deena Sherman –  By the time you read these words, students at approximately 1,600 schools across the country will have walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. across each U.S. time zones. The occasion is the one-month anniversary, March 14, of the shooting that killed 17 individuals at...

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Bill would protect nurses from violence

To receive input from all groups on legislation to protect nurses from workplace violence, State representative Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, conducted a roundtable discussion with more than a dozen representatives of relevant State departments and healthcare groups to discuss amendatory proposals to her pending legislation, House Bill 4100. “It is important...

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