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  • Where’s the math? -- Hard to figure how Rauner’s ‘blueprint’ puts us in the black

     
    “I can’t really comment on his wording,” said Bruce Rauner, the man who would be governor, responding Monday to reporters’ questions about a judge’s ruling that a legislative term limits referendum doesn’t belong on the...
  • Supreme Court retreats from progress

     
    (The U.S. Supreme Court) came within one vote of declaring the VCR contra band 30 years ago ... The dissent in that case was driven in part by the plaintiffs’ prediction that VCR technology would wreak all manner of havoc......
  • Why the VCR should have been illegal -- a minority opinion

     
    Highlights from the four-vote dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1984 "Betamax" ruling -- the case was SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA ET AL. v. UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS, INC., ET AL -- that, if it had gone the other way, would......
  • Free speech, sure, but what about a woman’s right to tune out?

     
    Friday's print column Anti-abortion activist Nancy Clark of Worcester, Mass., estimated in court testimony that “only 1 woman in 100” entering an abortion clinic was willing to walk across the street to hear her out after passage of a state......
  • Open thread -- today's U.S. Supreme Court decisions

     
    1. Ruling may put Chicago abortion protest buffer zone in jeopardy The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a buffer zone of 35 feet that includes sidewalks and walkways outside abortion clinics violates free speech. (RULING) 2. Supreme Court rules...
  • *Yawn* Give up yet, social conservatives?

     
    Whoops! Time to reset my "Days Without a Major Court Decision Upholding Gay Marriage" calendar. The number was 19 — the days that had elapsed since a federal judge in the Western District of Wisconsin struck down that state's same-sex......
  • 'Yes for Independent Maps' folds its tent

     
    Rick Pearson reports that the "group pushing a constitutional amendment to create a more independent way to draw legislative districts pulled the plug on the effort today, hours after a Cook County judge tossed the proposal from the Nov. 4......
  • Very Big Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court -- open thread

     
    I'll be pretty tied up today in meetings and then going to the Hunt Club Aquatic Center in Gurnee for a remote broadcast with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder on WGN-AM 720 from 3 - 5:30 p.m., but it's going......
  • Why the Hobby Lobby ruling is broader than the Supreme Court majority says it is

     
    Wednesday's print column U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told us not to worry. Yes, on religious freedom grounds, a 5-4 majority of the court exempted Hobby Lobby and other "closely held" corporations from the general requirement that the health.....
  • As I've been saying, what part of 'shall not be diminished or impaired' don't our lawmakers understand?

     
    Breaking news: The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being...
  • Dire straitjackets: Bad deals remind us to take the long view

     
    Consider these six deals: 1. In 2003, the Chicago Park District entered into a 20-year contract that exempted the new Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park from property taxes and from paying for garbage pickup, water and gas. 2. In......
  • Onward non-Christian soldiers -- losers in the Supreme Court battle over government prayer have opened up a new front

     
    Friday's print column For the first major shot in the invocation wars, the 344-word “prayer” Dan Courtney read Tuesday night was a gentle salvo. No defiance. No anger. No disrespect. Just a few morsels of humanistic uplift — “it...