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TALKING POINTS: Illinois ethics reform

“We don’t need no stinkin’ ethics reform’ in state gubbment.”

“Yeah, dis here is Illinoise and we gotta reputation to uphold.”

A fictional conversation between two fictional shady Illinois characters to be sure, but you’re probably aware of several bills being considered during the fall session of the Illinois General Assembly dealing with better ethical safeguards.

Most legislators on both sides of the aisle want to do the right thing after yet another series of federal investigations and indictments of a few lawmakers and their friends.

Perhaps the residents of Illinois can help a little. You know, like actually researching the issues, the candidates and carefully casting their votes for the most honest candidates.

Shouldn’t cleaning up corruption at any level start in the voting booth with a whole lot better participation on the part of citizens?

Open enrollment time

Is this a great time of year or what? It is open enrollment time for health insurance and Medicare supplement plans.

Health insurance companies have flooded the TV airwaves with ads and paid-for programs attempting to explain everything. It can be a busy time for local agents, too, and advertising media bean counters have to be happy with the business.

At the same time, the politicians are touting their issues ranging from free “Medicare for All” to improving the so-called “Obama Care” program.

Confusing isn’t it?

Best advice: “Buyer beware.”

Honoring veterans

Monday is Veterans Day, and while this year it means a three-day weekend for some, many schools will be in session and for good reason.

Teachers and administrators invite local veterans to come into their schools on Veterans Day so that students can learn and have a better understanding and appreciation of the service of family members and neighbors.

Communities across the land also have observances, and yes there are the usual Veterans Day sales.

While Monday is a special day, there’s something really special about thanking and honoring veterans on a personal level every day.

Da Bears

Sorry Chicago Bears fans, it just didn’t work out this year. Again.

Maybe No. 10 needs more time to grow as a star quarterback in the National Football League along with Coach Matt Nagy and his staff.

Mitch Trubisky’s certainly no Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, at least not yet.

Oh well, maybe next year after Grandpa Rossy’s Chicago Cubs win the World Series???

JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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