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Downers Grove sign ordinance harms local business

Should a local government be allowed to ruin a long-existing business if it decides it doesn’t like a sign that’s been on the business’s property for decades? Apparently, officials in the village of Downers Grove think so. That’s what they’re trying to do to local business owner, veteran and former volunteer firefighter Bob Peterson. Peterson’s

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    In an effort to learn from national scandals surrounding the use of force by police, Chicago officials have announced reforms aimed at improving police accountability and transparency. A pilot police-body-camera program is slated to start in Chicago by early 2015. Initially, program participants will be officers who have volunteered to wear the body cameras. But […]

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    Illinois General Assembly revives recording ban

    Earlier this year, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a state eavesdropping law that made it a crime for citizens to record conversations with police or anyone else without the other person’s permission. The court held that the old law “criminalize[d] a wide range of innocent conduct” and violated free-speech rights. In particular, the court noted the […]

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    It’s time for taxpayers to stop paying for the Ex-Im Bank

    The average American pays $6,000 in subsidies to corporations every year. But that gigantic chunk of taxpayer change – the federal government spends $100 billion a year on corporate welfare, according to the Cato Institute – simply is not enough for some special interests. In a Crain’s Chicago Business op-ed last week, Marc J. Lane, a tax […]