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Ted Slowik


Joliet, IL, United States

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Past articles by Ted:

Column: What’s the state of the union? People are sick of politics and tired of division.

South and southwest suburbs residents expressed distaste for the rancor and lack of civility that threaten to turn cordial everyday encounters into arguments and political fights. → Read More

Column: Treasurer’s research team uncovers how low tax collection rates affect services in south suburbs

A report by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas shows the south suburbs are home to 14 of 15 towns with the lowest property tax collection rates. → Read More

Column: Thornton Township firings and job postings driven by political revenge and not budget concerns, critics say

Thornton Township under the leadership of Supervisor Tiffany Henyard apparently abruptly fired several longtime employees while simultaneously posting openings for new positions, raising questions about potential political motivations. → Read More

Column: Investigation uncovers truth about mother’s claim of affection for journalist

Columnist Ted Slowik shares about gathering with seven siblings Sunday for his mother's 97th birthday. → Read More

Column: Sheriffs who refuse to enforce assault weapons ban are unfit for public office

At least 74 Illinois sheriffs have vowed not to enforce the state’s new law banning assault weapons, and critics say they’re wrong to defy the rule of law and ignore how the judiciary is the constitutional arbiter of disputes. → Read More

Column: Need to borrow a guitar, folding table or laminator? Some libraries have things you need at no charge.

The Orland Park Public Library offers a Library of Things service that lends such items as camping equipment, metal detectors, musical instruments, laminators and other practical items at no cost. → Read More

Column: Federal policy on lead levels in drinking water leaves 10% in the lurch, affects University Park customers

The policy affects University Park, where a water crisis that began in 2019 continues to affect people in 1,500 households. → Read More

Column: Thornton Township will ask voters for tax hike to fund mental health services

The Thornton Township Board voted unanimously to ask voters in April whether to increase property taxes to fund facilities and services to treat mental health and substance abuse conditions. → Read More

Column: No one likes uncertainty. So why create chaos with fight over raising the debt limit?

Let’s catch those wealthy individuals and corporations who cheat by not paying their share of taxes, columnist Ted Slowik writes. → Read More

Column: The Jan. 6 plot is easy to grasp, yet many refuse to accept truth about attack on democracy

The violent assault on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021, was part of a plot to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power because Donald Trump refused to conced he lost the presidential election. → Read More

Column: Investigators launch probes into dozens of challenges involving candidates for suburban school, library, park boards

The Cook County Electoral Board Thursday began reviewing dozens of objections involving south suburban school, library and park boards candidates in Dolton, Dixmoor, Calumet City, Ford Heights, Park Forest, South Holland and Harvey. → Read More

Column: Bipartisan compromise is best solution to stalemates like House speaker vote

Will County Board member Steve Balich of Orland Park said compromise needed to elect speaker of the U.S. House, similar to how the evenly divided Will County Board chose so share leadership. → Read More

Column: Lawmakers on both sides face political pressure to oppose Illinois gun violence bill

Columnist Ted Slowik writes when you think about why Congress and state legislatures repeatedly fail to approve measures to reduce gun violence, a sinister political motive emerges. → Read More

Column: Doomed sports complex latest chapter in bizarre saga of Tinley Park Mental Health Center property

Columnist Ted Slowik writes a Park District proposal to redevelop the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center as a sports complex has generated community debate about pros and cons, a reminder public input is crucial. → Read More

Column: District 218 high schools pitch in to help Robbins residents affected by water main breaks

High School District 218 distributed to Robbins more than 100 cases of bottled water collected at its high schools: Dwight D. Eisenhower in Blue Island, Harold L. Richards in Oak Lawn and Alan B. Shepard in Palos Heights. → Read More

Column: Author Rian B. Anderson says he was inspired to write popular story ‘A Christmas Prayer’

Author Rian B. Anderson, 72, a lifelong sheep herder in Utah, talks about how his beloved "A Christmas Prayer" story came to be shared widely online, often without him receiving credit. → Read More

Column: Popular Christmas story spreads message about joy of helping others in need

A popular Christmas story about neighbors selflessly helping a widow and her children was written by Rian B. Anderson, 72, a lifelong Utah sheepherder. → Read More

Column: Cook County Republicans denounce Trump for hosting hate speech promoter Nick Fuentes

Cook County Republican Party Chair Sean Morrison of Palos Park condemned former President Donald Trump for hosting notorious Holocaust denier and promoter of white power Nick Fuentes, a La Grange Park native. → Read More

Column: Homewood area seniors share concerns about uptick in anti-Semitic hate speech

Columnist Ted Slowik discusses recent incidents of anti-Semitism with the Shalom Over 50 group of Jewish senior citizens in Homewood. → Read More

Column: University Park residents demand answers about water poisoned with lead

Lead contaminated water has affected more than 7,000 residents in University Park since Aqua Illinois, a private utility, issued the “do not consume” order June 19, 2019. → Read More