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In the past week, we've watched with respect as local Democrats have spoken up on tough political issues. And while they would certainly expect strong support from these liberal communities, the wider pushback is real and the battles being fought are life and death.

Senator Don Harmon, Democrat from Oak Park, pushed a bill through the state senate calling for Illinois to further license gun dealers. We'd call this act nothing more than common sense gun safety in a state awash in cheap handguns, too many of which turn into weapons of murder on our neighboring West Side. But there is, of course, opposition from Republicans in the senate.

Now the bill moves to the Illinois House for hoped-for approval. Where Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner might land on a gun issue as his $100 million re-election effort draws nearer is uncertain. 

One cannot live in Oak Park or in Austin and not look for government to play some role in trying to quench the consuming gun violence. Taking straw buyers out of the mix is a simple and worthy step.

Meanwhile, after the narrow party-line passage of the abhorrent Trump Care bill, we applaud Congressman Danny Davis and other local political leaders for making real the harm ahead to real people if this attack on the Affordable Care Act is not squelched in the U.S. Senate. Davis and state Rep. Camille Lilly gathered with other leaders Friday at Loretto Hospital in Austin to lay out the devastation that would follow passage of any bill approximating what the GOP strong-armed through the House.   

Loretto Hospital and hundreds of urban safety net hospitals across America would be endangered by this assault on expanded Medicaid insurance. The flip side are the small, rural hospitals that are the primary care providers in America's small towns.

It is time for Democrats to fight hard for core values. And our local Democratic leaders are in that fray. 

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Ray Simpson  

Posted: May 22nd, 2017 10:03 AM

The Democrats seem long on rhetoric and short on logic! So you "resist" - to what end? Is there a better plan? Are there dynamic young, fresh faces in the Democrats leadership? I sure don't see them, I see Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer et al. Kind of like fielding the 85 bears for the 2017 season.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: May 15th, 2017 4:40 PM

Ms. Quinlan-Claiming to feel offended is not an argument; it's just a typical response by oppresives when someone does not agree with their opinions and are not impressed by their virtue signaling.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: May 15th, 2017 10:15 AM

@ Jason the only ones happy about "Crime in Chicago" are the thugs who walk out of court with suspended sentences or felonies that have been reduced to misdemeanors! The issue is how to make their lives so miserable that they go somewhere else or find a better profession. This discussion happened because the Democrats propose a state license for gun shops that they claim will solve illegal street weapons availability. In reality the problem is that illegal guns are being brought into Illinois by felons who are forbidden to even touch a firearm much less sell one. Their customers are people too young or legally forbidden to posses guns, all criminal acts. This whole chain of possession does not include the gun shop who is the target of the legislation. Those shops are then put in the position of not only following countless laws ordinances and regulations ,but, curing favors from politicians with contributions and other graft. This is not a faceless statistical issue, it is politics at it's very worst.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: May 15th, 2017 8:13 AM

@Ray You got me. I am happy about the crime In Chicago. We should clearly ignore when someone has completely incorrect facts that they also put in quotes as if to say that it's info we should all take as fact. Let's let fake news guide the way we implement policy. Your way is clearly better. I am in agreement that we should discuss how to fix the issue. Let's just do that armed with actual real info and not fake data.

Ray Simpson  

Posted: May 15th, 2017 7:59 AM

WOW Jason we are taking pride in the fact that we are not the worst! Remember that bastion of Democrat pride and policy is right across the street from us. Evil has a range greater than the width of Austin Blvd.Fiddle with the numbers all you want, but, I bet you don't take strolls down Division St. East of Austin, day or night.The raw fact is that our neighbor has more failing grades that are an embarrassment to the whole state. Statistics can prove that there are hundreds of communities in our country that have infinitely more legal gun stores than Chicago and Oak Park and yet have far less violent crime. We seem to want to blame the rusty hammer for the incompetent carpenter. It is time to start asking "WHY?" rather than "HOW?"

Jason Cohen  

Posted: May 15th, 2017 6:47 AM

@Barbara Not sure where you get your facts but Chicago doesn't even crack the top 50 most violent cities in the world. It's not even the top in the US. The way this number is determined is the murder rate per 100k people. The number of murders is certainly a problem but let's not toss around alternative facts. It certainly doesn't help your argument when your data is just flat out wrong.

Richard Stephen  

Posted: May 15th, 2017 6:18 AM

@Jennifer Malloy Quinlan: Don't you see the irony of your own post? You criticize someone for "name calling" and conclude your criticism by calling them a name?

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: May 14th, 2017 10:07 PM

Another opinion from the mystery writer!

Jennifer Malloy Quinlan  

Posted: May 10th, 2017 12:36 PM

Always with the name calling, Barbara Joan aka Troll.

Barbara Joan  

Posted: May 10th, 2017 7:54 AM

" Chicago is approaching a century of one party rule and is one of the most dangerous places on earth."..And Illinois and Cook County are disgraceful! But hey, look how progressive these politicians are--said useful idiots .

Ray Simpson  

Posted: May 10th, 2017 7:06 AM

Rooting for Democrats is like hitting yourself on the head with a hammer. It feels so good when you stop. The modern philosophy of the Democrats seems to be take from the producers and give to the non-producers. The government of our state has been controlled by the Democrat machine for decades and it is embarrassing to admit where we are from. Chicago is approaching a century of one party rule and is one of the most dangerous places on earth. The state licensing of gun dealers is just a liberal ploy to get control of one more aspect of our lives. All gun dealers in Illinois are required to hold a Federal Firearms License and adhere to the FOID regulations. Restricting the issue of state licenses will just provide corrupt politicians a revenue stream to decide who gets the license and just as important - who does not. There are state and federal laws restricting gun sales and the sub human group of individuals who traffic illegal guns to juveniles and criminals who will not feel the effects of this law. They don't care about your liberal, hand wringing efforts that refuse to think about "WHY" guns are so prevalent in the inner city. We have a generation of citizens who have been ignored by our schools, churches and welfare departments and feel that the way to solve a dispute is to kill the other guy.

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