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Here is the WBEZ headline and lede for an article about one of the big news stories this week in Illinois: "Surviving War, But Not The Veterans' Home." Typically this kind of governmental failure cannot be blamed on a guy who just took office less than three years ago. However, among the most publicized accomplishments of the Bruce Rauner administration is that fact that state-funded social services got short shrift during the two-year state budget impasse.
Throughout our series on judicial tyranny, I’ve been trying to conjure up analogies and metaphors to describe the absurdity of judicial supremacism. Yet, no degree of absurdity or hyperbole could capture what was just promulgated from the mouth of a federal district judge. Forget about legislating from the bench or even nullifying the Constitution; D.C. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an order Monday changing the laws of biology and ordered the Pentagon to admit anyone who decides to castrate themselves into the military by Jan. 1, 2018.
On this week's podcast episode, Laurie Higgins joins David Smith to discuss the Trans-Ideology and its effects on our schools, classrooms, and impressionable young children. Laurie is the cultural affairs writer for the Illinois Family Institute, and as Dave points out in his introduction of her (and as I have noted often on my own website), "she does an amazing job writing thought provoking and compelling articles that help us think through the contemporary issues and the godless worldviews that dominate the public square."
The Congressional swamp has surrounded itself with a legal apparatus known as the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995. This law was designed to protect sex offenders in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and other federal agencies from public scrutiny. Congress has also been funding a U.S. Treasury account to pay claims for congressional acts of sexual harassment and other discrimination claims.
It seems every week there is another accusation and admittance of sexual misconduct. It is discouraging, disheartening, and disgusting to learn the men we welcomed into our homes through television and movies were doing these things... But as these stories develop and new stories are told, we must remember these are fruits of much bigger and deeper problems. And if these are the fruits, Christians have a responsibility to identify the roots, specifically the root. But if we are going to do that with honesty and integrity, it will also require self-examination. 
The worst, and therefore most likely, outcome of the current rash of sexual misconduct accusations is that people will continue to think they are primarily about bodies, about who touched whose body, about who exposed his body when he shouldn't have.  That most of us currently already assume that such incidents are mostly about bodies itself indicates our lack of vision. Such interactions are really about souls – about the collective soul of our nation, and the sickness infecting it.
In October, Illinois Family Institute and local ACT for America Citizen leaders hosted a panel of experts to answer questions about radical Islam and Sharia in America. This panel includes Philip Haney, Anni Cyrus and Pastor Usama Dakdok. During the question and answer session, the panelists agreed that the goal of Jihad is to abolish the United States Constitution -- or, “hope and change.” You don't want to miss this special podcast!
Illinoisans have a lot to be proud of -- we live in a beautiful state in the heart of America. Our people are hardworking, our soil is among the most productive in the world, our transportation systems are first rate, we have a world-class city and hundreds of great small towns. The list could go on and on. But to our shame is our state government. Illinois is at or near the top on a lot of bad lists: corruption, tax burden, unfunded liabilities, and debt.
When Jeanne Ives announced her primary campaign challenge to Governor Bruce Rauner this week, one of the most common questions was -- can she overcome Rauner’s incredible war chest which contains tens of millions of dollars of his own money? The question that came to my mind was -- do Illinois conservatives who support Ives realize that they have a role to play in her campaign? Never before have the grassroots taken on a such an enormous responsibility than what they have between now and the March primary election.
In almost every area of American life, the better things are, the worse it is for the Democratic Party. And vice versa. Democrats have placed themselves in the role of benefiting from social and moral dysfunction. And they have embraced this role. The Democratic Party cultivates singlehood, black anger at America, Latino separatism, victimhood, group grievance, and dependency on government.

Modified by Matthew