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April 30, 2015 / jeffnward

This is the April 30, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

And I can’t tell how much Larry and I want to thank Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs for spending so much time with us today. Trust me, this tall man has a very bright political future.

frerichs2But why listen to me ramble on when you can listen to the show for yourself!

Monday! Larry and I discuss the merit – or lack thereof – of Governor Rauner’s Illinois budget rectification proposals. And we look forward to your calls in that regard at 847-931-1410. Until then…

April 30, 2015 / jeffnward

Get ready! It’s almost Left, Right and You Time!

Today! The Smiling Conservative and I are thrilled to bring you Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs.

frerichsWe’ll talk about his campaign, that famous cat commercial, his upset win, and his first 100 days in office.

That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays, from 3 to 4 p.m., with the Smiling Conservative Larry Jones and the Liberal Curmudgeon Jeff Ward, on WRMN AM1410. We certainly hope you’ll join us!

April 27, 2015 / jeffnward

This is the April 27, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You

First, the Smiling Conservative and I would like to thank Dan for calling with an interesting question. Rest assured, other than whether you pull a Democratic or Republican primary ballot, no one is privy to who you vote for.

As promised, Mr. Jones and I rather thoroughly discussed all of the possible ramifications of the Kane County Sheriff’s self-inflicted budget whole. In the end, Larry and I differed a bit in our conclusions, but you’ll have to listen to learn what we think.

Jeff and Larry2We did agree on the fact that Kane County taxpayers will probably be paying a little bit more because of this.

Don’t forget! Thursday! Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs will call in to discuss any number of topics including, but not limited to, his first 100 days! Until then…

April 27, 2015 / jeffnward

Please let Left, Right and You…

…start your Monday morning off right! And it’s not raining or snowing either.

On today’s show, that fearless Smiling Conservative and I will explain the Kane County Sheriff’s budget fiasco and all of its possible ramifications, including but not nearly limited to:

  • The Sheriff’s outright refusal to meet with anyone from the County Board
  • How Corrections overtime has actually gone up despite the lack of federal inmates
  • The fact that Illinois has no recall provision other than for the Governor
  • Exactly what “official misconduct” is and isn’t
  • How the County will likely have to pay for any of the Sheriff’s “mandated” expenses
  • How our Sate statutes assume that politicians will be reasonable
  • That, in the end, we’re probably looking at a tax hike here

kramer3That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and the Liberal Curmudgeon, Jeff Ward, on WRMN AM1410. Don’t miss it!

April 23, 2015 / jeffnward

This is the April 23, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You

The Smiling Conservative and I want to thank State Senator Jim Oberweis for calling in and clearing up the whole Illinois car dealerships not being allowed to open on Sunday snafu. Even I have to agree with Jim on this one.

OberweisWe also want to thank Mike, Dan and Pascal for calling in and, not only keeping us honest with the facts, but making some cogent points as well.

Then Larry and I finished up the show with the second half of our how to be an effective social activist group primer. We love it when you get involved, but if you’re gonna expend all that time and effort, please do it in a way that gets results!

On Monday! We will invite Sheriff Don Kramer on the show to provide an opportunity for him to explain his current budget woes. To that end, we’ll be delving into the fact that Illinois state statute counts on countywide politicians being reasonable in order for government to move forward. And don’t forget Treasurer Michael Frerichs next Thursday. Until then…

April 23, 2015 / jeffnward

Left, Right and You is comin’ up!

We’ll open this afternoon’s festivities with 25th District State Senator Jim Oberweis who will discuss his continuing push to allow Illinois car dealerships to open on Sundays. What this liberal wants to know is, why are all those conservative business owners so dead set against this measure?

Jim Oberweis

Jim Oberweis

Last week Larry and I discussed social activist groups that don’t work (and liberal social activist groups are the worst). So we’ll finish off that discussion with social activist groups that do work in the second half of the who. Sadly, there aren’t very many of them out there.

That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and the Liberal Curmudgeon, Jeff Ward, on WRMN AM1410. Be there or be square!

April 21, 2015 / jeffnward

The Chronicle can’t even give it away!

I don’t talk too much about the Kane County Chronicle or Shaw Media these days because, like the oblivious Dr. Crowe in the movie “The Sixth Sense,” those overly self-important folks don’t have the good sense to realize that they’re already dead. Like so many newspapers before them, in stages, Shaw Media will painfully and slowly cease to exist. But while the end is certainly near, they did manage to pull something off worth noting for its strange and utterly unintended result.

It started early Saturday morning with the slap of a newspaper landing on my driveway. Considering we only get the Sunday Trib, I assumed they were trying to get us to subscribe to their other weekend edition.

But when I stumbled out the front door to run, to my mild dismay (I do like the Trib’s Saturday arts section), it turned out to be nothing more than the Saturday Chronicle. After noting how absurdly light that paper had become, I summarily tossed it into the recycling bin while preserving the plastic bag for a future dog walk.

At least I got something out of it.

And speaking of future dog walks, while embarking upon that very Sunday morning quest, I bore witness to a bizarre and fascinating sight. Only 40 percent of my neighbors had bothered to pick up their free Chronicle and, without any ballast to fend off the brisk east wind, the other 60 percent were flying all over the neighborhood.

Of course, this airborne phenomenon came to an abrupt halt with the advent of the afternoon precipitation which turned our subdivision streets into a wet newspaper run over by multiple vehicles mess.

Shaw MessIsn’t there supposed to be some sort of fine for littering?

Before they completely fade away, the Chronicle will attempt to go Internet only, but with online ad revenue sitting somewhere between 8 and 12 percent of its print media counterpart, that move won’t stave anything off for very long.

(And then Patch goes out too because Hale Global has turned that former AOL company into a news aggregator in which their overworked editors only grab whatever content the local newspapers manage to report. It’s called the Jonestown business model! You steal your competitor’s content in an effort to put them out of business only to slit your own throat in the process.)

Though no one at Shaw Media will admit it, this is yet another sad sign of just how far the local print media has fallen. What I want to know is, what do you say to yourself when faced with the realization that you can’t even give your newspaper away?

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