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By: Jeff Ward

Hard-hitting. Informative. Thought-provoking. News, opinion, and original investigative journalism focusing on the Fox Valley, Chicagoland and the state of Illinois. Tackling issues that local and mainstream media won't cover. Brought to you three times per week by veteran journalist Jeff Ward.

Update: Law And Order? The Shadwick King Defense
Last Tuesday at 3:00 PM

Jeff gives his thoughts after judge denies defense's motion for a directed verdict,


Law And Order? The Shadwick King Defense
06/24/2022

Jeff opines on the Shadwick King defense and the fundamental Constitutional right to a vigorous, indeed zealous, defense.


Episode 27: The Aurora Pride Debacle
06/11/2022

Columnist Jeff Ward is back and more opinionated than ever.  In this episode Jeff takes on the bizarre behavior of the organizers of Aurora's 2022 PRIDE Parade - behavior that came within a whisker of cancelling the parade altogether.

And, with the news that the "Justice for Ludwig" saga has been revived by a strange decision by the Kane County State's Attorney, Jeff weighs in with a take unlikely to be popular with Ludwig's fans.

All in a day at DOA!

(Opening track credit:  https://freesfx.co.uk/)


Episode 26: Open The Schools: D304 – Parents Aren’t “Stakeholders”
03/08/2021

In the aftermath of the closed-to-parents Geneva School District 304 Planning Task Force meeting this past Thursday, we speak with two leaders of the parent group pressuring the district to re-open with full-time, in-person learning – Ashlee White and Kate Coxworth. Part I of II.


Episode 25: Aurora Mayoral Candidate John Laesch – Part II
03/04/2021

We speak with Aurora mayoral candidate John Laesch, union carpenter and community activist, about his challenge to Aurora mayor Richard Irvin in the upcoming April 6 election.  Part II of II.



















Episode 24: Aurora Mayoral Candidate John Laesch – Part I
03/04/2021

We speak with Aurora mayoral candidate John Laesch, union carpenter and community activist, about his challenge to Aurora mayor Richard Irvin in the upcoming April 6 election.  Part I of II.


Episode 22: Aurora Mayoral Contest: Candidate Judd Lofchie Part I
03/04/2021

We speak with Aurora mayoral candidate Judd Lofchie, Aurora Alderman, about his challenge to Aurora mayor Richard Irvin in the upcoming April 6 election.  Part I of II.


Episode 23:Aurora Mayoral Candidate Judd Lofchie – Part II
03/04/2021

We speak with Aurora mayoral candidate Judd Lofchie, Aurora Alderman, about his challenge to Aurora mayor Richard Irvin in the upcoming April 6 election.  Part II of II.



















Episode 21: Open The Schools: A Success Story in Two Parts (Part II)
02/22/2021

In the midst of the parent uprising in Geneva School District 304 calling for a return to full-time in-person learning, we speak with the Godmother of the “Reopen Illinois Schools” movement,  Kati Spaniak, who successfully married parental outrage and legal pressure to force Glenbrook High School District 225 to reopen this semester.  Part 2 of 2.


Episode 20: Open The Schools: A Success Story, in Two Parts
02/19/2021

In the midst of the parent uprising in Geneva School District 304 calling for a return to full-time in-person learning, we speak with the Godmother of the "Reopen Illinois Schools" movement,  Kati Spaniak, who successfully married parental outrage and legal pressure to force Glenbrook High School District 225 to reopen this semester.  Part 1 of 2.


Episode 20: Open The Schools: Geneva Parent Kate Coxworth Is On A Mission
02/17/2021

Geneva parents are fighting back against the D304 School Board and teachers union to get children back to in-person learning full-time.  We speak with Geneva parent Kate Coxworth about the growing movement.


Episode 19: Jeff n' Jeff: More Dispatches from the Zoo
02/16/2021

Our regular round-up of issues and idiots from Jeff Ward and Jeff Meyer.  This episode deals with the insanity of continued remote learning, the strange goings on at the Elgin City Council, the death of critical thinking, and more.  Join us, if you can stand it.


Episode 18: Kane County Vaccination Update, Jarett Sanchez
02/15/2021

We speak with Jarett Sanchez, Chair of the Public Health Committee of the Kane County Board, about the status of vaccine distribution in Kane County.


Episode 17: It's About The Kids?: Education Reform in Illinois (Part III of IV)
02/10/2021

In part 3 of our 4-part series, we speak with Ted Dabrowsi, Founder and President of non-partisan think tank Wirepoints, about proposed educational reforms in the State of Illinois. 


Episode 16: "It's About The Kids?: Education Reform in Illinois"
02/07/2021

We speak with Elgin School Board candidate LeJewel Crigler about proposed educational reforms in the State of Illinois. Part 1 of a 4 part series.


Episode 15: Cancel This! Is Free Speech in Peril? (Part II)
02/03/2021

We discuss the state of free speech and the First Amendment in light of recent actions taken by Big Tech with retired professor and First Amendment expert Mark W. Cordes. Part II of II.  Listen to Part I here. https://bit.ly/2YwlJEs




Episode 14: Cancel This! Is Free Speech in Peril? (Part I)
02/01/2021

We discuss the state of free speech and the First Amendment in light of recent actions taken by Big Tech with retired professor and First Amendment expert Mark W. Cordes. Part I of II.


Episode 12: The "Defund the Police" Bill: Hain and Mosser Respond, Part II
01/29/2021

In part II of a two-part series, we continue our conversation with State's Attorney Jamie Mosser and Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain about the controversial police reform bill passed without fanfare by the Illinois legislature.  The bill is on the Governor's desk awaiting action.


Episode 13: What's Love Got to Do With It? Family Court Judge Elizabeth Flood
01/29/2021

We speak with Kane County Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Flood about the challenges and (sometimes) satisfaction of being a judge in family court.


Episode 11: The "Defund the Police" Bill: Hain and Mosser Respond
01/25/2021

In part I of a two-part series, we speak with State's Attorney Jamie Mosser and Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain about the controversial police reform bill passed in the dark of night by the Illinois legislature. The bill is on the Governor's desk awaiting action.


Episode 10: The Fall of King Madigan: What Happens Now?
01/20/2021

Jeff and Jeff discuss the fall of former Speaker Mike Madigan and what's next for his successor, Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch of Hinsdale, as well as the impact on the future of both the Democratic and Republican parties in Illinois. Part I of II.