Archive For The “Chicagoland Topics” Category

Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township

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Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township

Brannigan issues apology to Arabs, Muslims in Palos Township Sharon Brannigan, a trustee in the Chicago suburb of Palos Township, offended Arabs and Muslims with broad stroke comments about immigration that pointed a finger at their race and religion. But Brannigan apologized this week, reiterating apologies she issued twice before saying that she is not…

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Kennedy will engage Arabs, Muslims as Illinois Governor

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Kennedy will engage Arabs, Muslims as Illinois Governor

Kennedy will engage Arabs, Muslims as Illinois Governor Illinois gubernatorial candidate Christopher Kennedy told a gathering of influential Arab and Muslim community activists Saturday that he would defend their rights as Americans and respect their cultural and religious identities. Kennedy said when his family immigrated to America, they faced the same racism and discrimination now…

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American Arabs need to document their history

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American Arabs need to document their history

American Arabs need to document their history By Ray Hanania During my entire consciousness as an American of Arab heritage, I have always tried to document the experiences of my family, friends and organizations I have been involved with regarding Arab American history. The truth is American Arabs do a poor job of documenting their…

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Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax

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Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax

Fleeing Cook County and Preckwinkle’s soda pop tax Toni Preckwinkle offensive retail sales tax on sweetened drinks and soda pop is so offensive, she has managed to push me out of Cook County. First the shopping goes and pretty soon it is followed by the physical existence. Cook County’s future under Preckwinkle is bleak, especially…

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Reports on Texas flooding hard to watch

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Reports on Texas flooding hard to watch

Reports on Texas flooding hard to watch The reports of the massive flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey are depressing and remind me of floods that slammed Illinois in 1996. Flooding is so much more damaging to regional populations and governments are not equipped to handle it. By Ray Hanania Flooding isn’t like a…

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Students worrying about school instead of summer vacations

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Students worrying about school instead of summer vacations

Students worrying about school instead of summer vacations It’s the beginning of August and my son is already consumed with figuring out his high school schedule and buying his books and schools supplies. Isn’t that too early for young people to stop enjoying summer vacation and worry about school? By Ray Hanania When I was…

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Suburban schools protected from Chicago grab by Rauner

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Suburban schools protected from Chicago grab by Rauner

Suburban schools protected from Chicago grab by Rauner Gov. Bruce Rauner won his battle against the bloated and failed Chicago public schools forcing the legislature to significantly cut-back additional funding to bailout Chicago and redistribute those monies to needy suburban and state school systems that had been ignored. The plan also allows a 75 percent…

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Morrison push for soda tax repeal gets help from Legislature

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Morrison push for soda tax repeal gets help from Legislature

Morrison push for soda tax repeal gets help from Legislature Republican and Democratic legislators this week introduced legislation in Springfield to prohibit home rule governments from imposing taxes on the sale of sweetened drinks and soda pop as Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison stepped up his campaign to repeal Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s 1 cent-per-ounce…

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Repressive Preckwinkle taxation challenged by Cook County board members

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Repressive Preckwinkle taxation challenged by Cook County board members

Repressive Preckwinkle taxation challenged by Cook County board members Several members of the Cook County Board on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal the oppressive sales tax pushed by Board President Toni Preckwinkle, responding to outrage and anger from over taxed cook county residents. By Ray Hanania Calling Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s 1 cent…

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Byrne should be remembered for Navy Pier success

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Byrne should be remembered for Navy Pier success

Byrne should be remembered for Navy Pier success Jane Byrne was a very controversial and contentious Chicago Mayor, but she also is responsible for several brilliant achievements, including being the spark that revived the city’s lakefront Jewel, Navy Pier. It’s time that her legacy be given its due and she be recognized for her efforts….

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