Policy and Politics in the Land of Lincoln
Suzanne Strassberger
Suzanne Strassberger writes about the personalities, minutiae, and back-stories behind decision-making in Springfield.... Read More

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All are watching and speculating.

Last week in Springfield, leaders from the Jewish community and the Jewish Federation agencies were shocked to hear legislators and the Governor's top people make not so veiled threats to funding for human services if the State's temporary tax increase sunsets on Jan. 1, 2015.

Some thought that my mother, Alice Howell Friedman, chose to die in hospice after a severe spinal fracture because she believed that using medical technology to extend life when faced with a poor prognosis was wrong.

It is glorious for a mother to watch her family dig happily into the bounty of a wonderful meal.  And painful for her to watch her children go to bed hungry as she locks the refrigerator.

Would members of the Illinois State Legislature risk a shutdown of state government or a state government default in pursuit of principles?

Fifty years ago this week, four little girls were killed in the Birmingham church bombing.  During these days of Awe; of introspection, what has changed and what has stayed the same?

Unlike President Obama and New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, I could not have been Trayvon Martin; not now, not 35 years ago.

On June 26, the U.S Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a 5-4 decision.

Last week, a YouTube video of the Oklahoma House Majority Leader saying, "… might try to Jew me down on the price," made the rounds.

All conversations with legislators begin with introductions and end with thank you.  It is the dance in-between that separates voter from organizer, lobbyist from policy advocate.

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