Gerald D. Skoning

Gerald D. Skoning is a Chicago lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law.

Illinois’ Declaration of Independence… From Political Tyranny

 

This Fourth of July, Americans have a special reason to celebrate the spirit of liberty and independence. With fireworks bursting in air and American flags flying and our neighborhoods dressed out in festive red, white and blue, we proudly mark the 241st birthday of our republic. Unfortunately, like the original colonies, we in Illinois have […]

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Suspend Davis-Bacon Act for Trump’s Proposed Infrastructure Project

 

Donald Trump campaigned hard on a promise to mount a trillion dollar project to repair/rebuild our nation’s infrastructure — roads, bridges, airports and so on. On that point there is bipartisan support, and we should all support this important proposal. But, all these federal projects will be covered by the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 (“D-B”), […]

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The Battle of Midway at 75

 

Chicago Midway Airport. Some think its name comes from being “midway” between New York and the West Coast. Others mistakenly think it is named for the “Monsters of the Midway,” Alonzo Stagg’s legendary University of Chicago Maroon football teams, the name later adopted by the Super Bowl champion 1985 Chicago Bears. Actually, it is named […]

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Mug Shot Artistry and Self-Incrimination

 

The mug shot of Tiger Woods taken after his recent arrest on suspicion of DUI is a shocking reflection of the “bad Karma” that has relentlessly stalked his life since the sex scandal and resulting divorce that sent him reeling. It is a disturbing image of a disheveled and unshaven Woods with hooded, unfocused eyes. […]

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NASA’s Dangerous Alien Invitation

 

The New Horizons spacecraft flawlessly accomplished its designated mission. It explored the dwarf planet Pluto and will be sending back to Earth a treasure trove of data that astronomers are salivating to analyze as it continues to soar out beyond our solar system. New Horizons has joined four other unmanned U.S. spacecraft hurtling out of […]

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A 2,675 Member U.S. Congress Italian Style?

 

First, it was the Greece threatening the economic stability of the Euro-zone and dragging down the world economy. Now, it’s Italy’s turn. The ratings agency Fitch recently downgraded Italy’s long-term debt rating a notch to BBB, one level above the “speculative” grade, citing the country’s persistent debt and fiscal problems. Fitch says Italy has been […]

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Cassini Dancing Through the Rings of Saturn

 

NASA’s spacecraft Cassini launched almost 20 years ago. In two decades of its 2.2 billion mile interplanetary voyage it has accomplished major scientific breakthroughs. Today, it is exploring the beautiful rings of Saturn before the end of its mission planned for September 15 this fall, when NASA has scheduled it to burn up in that […]

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How Doolittle Did So Much for So Many 75 Years Ago

 

They were called Doolittle’s Raiders. It was a raid planned in retaliation for the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was an intrepid plan staffed with all brave volunteers on a one-way trip to bomb Tokyo and then try to bail out or crash land in China. The mission consisted of 16 modified B-25 bombers with […]

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Gay Rights and Judicial Activism: Brazen End Run on Congress

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch were a week-long tutorial on the separation of powers under our Constitution. The proceedings examined in excruciating detail the role of the Congress to make laws and the courts to interpret the laws and the Constitution. The hearings underscored the importance of […]

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Exploring Mother Nature’s Miracles

 

The average human brain has 100 billion neuron cells and boasts another 100 trillion synapses. Now, that’s an amazing amount of memory and computation power all jammed into a three-pound human organ. By contrast, bee brains are small, or should I say more compact, containing only 1 million neuron cells (a fruit fly is even […]

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