Poll: Thanksgiving not Thanksgiving without turkey

Poll: Thanksgiving not Thanksgiving without turkey Carrying on Tradition around the Thanksgiving Table . 7 in 10 Americans agree it is not a proper Thanksgiving unless there’s a turkey on the table Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Americans across the country are planning what to serve, who they’ll dine with, and where they’ll eat. A vast majority of adults indicate they celebrate Thanksgiving (96%),…

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Patlak campaign receives thousands from lawyers who appear before his board

Patlak campaign receives thousands from lawyers who appear before his board In the race for the Cook County Board of Review, challenger Marty Stack is calling for a moratorium on all campaign and election donations from tax law firms whose lawyers appear before the county’s tax review board, and is criticizing incumbent Dan Patlak for accepting thousands in campaign donations from law firms that appear before the…


Baseball and American sports is so depressing

Baseball and American sports is so depressing I was so excited about the chances of a Chicago Cubs victory in this year’s World Series game that I drove to Wrigley Field to purchase some Cubs souvenirs to celebrate, only to be reminded where those chotskies (not Tsatskeles) came from By Ray Hanania I was so excited about the Chicago Cubs winning this year’s World Series…


Waking up to the new world of a Cubs Pennant

Waking up to the new world of a Cubs Pennant The Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and reserved their place at the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians. But before the World Series battle with the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs pennant victory inspired a generation of people nurtured in the aura of the “underdog” culture. Oct. 27, 2016 DVN, SWNH, Regional News, Reporter…


Orland Park sidesteps the will of the people

Orland Park sidesteps the will of the people The Orland Park Board approved a plan to significantly increase Mayor McLaughlin’s salary 375 percent from what it was (a 275 percent increase). But the board action ignores the rights of the village’s taxpayers and voters. Oct. 20, 2016 Des Plaines Valley News, The Regional, The Reporter By Ray Hanania I joined the Oct. 4 village-wide teleconference…


Raising taxes is never about healthy living

Raising taxes is never about healthy living Instead of raising taxes on soda pop, how about cutting the obscene $4.4 billion a year budget for Cook County. Merge Cook County into Township government. Eliminate redundancies that are outrageous. End the double dipping pensions and payrolls politicians in Cook County now get. Published in the Southwest News-Herald Oct. 20, 2016 By Ray Hanania I’ve been drinking…



How can movie reviewers all be so wrong?

Embed from Getty Images How can movie reviewers all be so wrong? Tom Cruise knocks it out of the ball park in his latest movie “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Cruise costars with Cobie Smulders of TV’s “How I Met Your Mother.” And even better, the Marcus Theaters in Orland Park isn’t even finished with its renovation and it is already one of the best theaters…


A teenager’s view of Israel

A teenager’s view of Israel By Aaron Hanania As you may or may not know, I went to Israel last December. I found I had taken over 20 Hours of footage and realized I needed to make a Documentary about my trip! And, thats exactly what I did. I want to show people what the “real” Israel is like, not what the news media shows….


Orland Park approves 375% increase in mayoral salary

Orland Park approves 375% increase in mayoral salary Nearly 100 residents crowded the Orland Park village hall to complain that the pay hike should be presented to the voters for approval and not the board members, who voted unanimously to hike the salary following two hours of public discussion and debate. By Ray Hanania (Note: You can read my column in the Regional News and the…


Hypocrisy is the real issue in this election

Hypocrisy is the real issue in this election There is a debate over the language used by some rappers and hip hop artists. And I think that debate is important. But this is bigger than that debate. It cuts to the core of what’s really corrupt in the American political system and how insiders manipulate facts and processes to benefit themselves and to harm those…


Readers share fear of street gang violence

Readers share fear of street gang violence Oct. 13, 2016 Street Gangs Part 2, Des Plaines Valley News, SW News-Herald, The Regional, The Reporter By Ray Hanania Last week I wrote about how most violence in Chicagoland is the result of street gangs, but we’re not doing a good job stopping it. We should treat street gangs as terrorist organizations, stripping them of their rights. Stop…


Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime

Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime SW News Herald, DVN, The Regional, The Reporter Oct. 6, 2016 By Ray Hanania Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing all he can to reduce skyrocketing violence plaguing many neighborhoods. Hiring 1,000 more police officers is a good start, but it’s not enough. While we are all shocked by the escalating violence and murders in…


Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence

Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence SW News Herald Sept. 29, 2016 By Ray Hanania Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a three-part plan to confront Chicago’s rising murder rate. The crime wave in Chicago is so bad that people don’t feel safe walking downtown any more. This weekend, a 54 year old man was shot in his head twice while walking by Millennium Park….


Board of Review needs your attention

Board of Review needs your attention DVN, The Reporter, The Regional Sept. 29, 2016 By Ray Hanania I know the big focus on November 8 is the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but there are other elections that in reality more directly impact your lives. The most important is an obscure office called the Cook County Board of Review and it has three…