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Jeff Ward is an opinion columnist with an acerbic wit, a sense of humor, and a point of view. He’s not afraid to tackle the tough topics even if it means dissecting the Tiger Woods tale, arguing in favor of natural selection taking it’s course, or striking fear into the hearts of nefarious Kane County (and northern Illinois) politicians everywhere.

Jeff Ward is an opinion columnist with an acerbic wit, a sense of humor, and a point of view. He’s not afraid to tackle the tough topics even if it means dissecting the Tiger Woods tale, arguing in favor of natural selection taking it’s course, or striking fear into the hearts of nefarious Kane County (and northern Illinois) politicians everywhere.
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Elgin, IL

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Jeff Ward is an opinion columnist with an acerbic wit, a sense of humor, and a point of view. He’s not afraid to tackle the tough topics even if it means dissecting the Tiger Woods tale, arguing in favor of natural selection taking it’s course, or striking fear into the hearts of nefarious Kane County (and northern Illinois) politicians everywhere.

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@jeffnward

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English


Episodes

The First Ward 5-1-17 podcast

5/1/2017
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is right here… Today I cover: The surprising reader reaction to letting cursive go The Daily Herald wants more women to run for office? How about endorsing more of ’em! The Longmeadow Loons go down again! It’s time to let it go folks. Speaker Madigan and Governor Rauner sit down to talk budget. Be […]

Duration:00:36:37

The first Ward & Jones of 2017!

1/2/2017
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And it’s right here: Today the Smiling Conservative and I took on the top local news stories of 2016. Enjoy! We’ll be back Thursday at 3 with yet more local news analysis. Until then…

Duration:00:54:38

Listen to the December 8, 2016 Ward & Jones right here!

12/8/2016
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The Smiling Conservative and I want to thank Elgin City Council candidate Brandon Yaniz for coming on the show and telling us a little bit about himself. We look forward to hearing more from Brandon! Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Smiling Conservative and I excoriated Kane County Chairman Lauzen for a stunning level […]

Duration:00:55:19

The 12/1/16 edition of Ward & Jones is right here!

12/1/2016
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I could ramble on about how much fun the interview with Mike Bailey was, but why listen to me when you can listen to the show! Larry and I will be back on Monday! Until then… Don’t forget! Pick up Mike’s latest book ‘300 Lake Street’ at the Elgin Historical Society or the Bluebox […]

Duration:00:56:10

The 11/17/16 edition of Ward & Jones is deja vu all over again!

11/17/2016
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Larry and I want to thank State Rep Election Allen Skillicorn for subbing for the somewhat under-the-weather Larry Jones. We certainly covered a lot of ground and I’m sure the Smiling Conservative will be back on Monday! Until then..

Duration:00:56:00

The November 14 Ward and Jones is right here!

11/15/2016
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We talked about the overarching effects of a rather contentious and status quo destroying presidential election. Pete called in with some cogent points. And then we encouraged all a y’all to run for office – but be smart about it. Then there was the ignominious scotch exchange as I paid off a bet to Larry […]

Duration:00:55:10

It’s the Election Night Ward & Jones

11/10/2016
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Larry and I want to thank Kurt and Brittany Kojzarek for coming in and providing results and insights. Considering the rather strange evening, it was an interesting show. Enjoy!

Duration:02:52:38

Ward & Jones, October 17, 2016

10/17/2016
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The Smiling conservative was a bit feisty this morning, but he’s no match for yours truly. We talked about the Cubs, an unshackled Donald Trump, Kane County Chairman Lauzen continuing the downward spiral, should child sexual abuse statute of limitations be removed, should Denny Hastert have to pay more hush money, and the ACLU […]

Duration:00:57:39

This is the October 6, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

10/6/2016
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Here’s the show: The Smiling Conservative and I (and Kurt Kozjarek) covered: Will peace reign between the letter writing County Chairman and the State’s Attorney There is no killer clown epidemic, so stop it! U-46 adopts new board meeting rules become some board members have no intention of governing Treasurer Michael Frerichs gives Wells […]

Duration:00:54:51

This is the October 3, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

10/3/2016
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The Smiling Conservative and I covered it all from Donald Trump, to county elected officials doing battle, to Campton Hills. Larry and I also want to thank Pete and Joel for calling in. Thursday we will continue the conversation. Until then…

Duration:00:53:37

This is the September 29, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

9/29/2016
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Larry and I love it when Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain comes on the show. So without further ado, here it is: The Smiling Conservative will be back on Monday when we’ve got quite a bit to cover. Until then…

Duration:00:55:22

This is the September 26, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

9/26/2016
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And we covered it all from a great YWCA seminar, to tonight’s (9/26) U-46 school board meeting, to unrest on the Elgin City Council. Thursday! With the Smiling Conservative attending to some business, I’m looking to have a special guest or guests. Until then!

Duration:00:54:48

This is the September 22, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

9/22/2016
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As you’ve come to expect, we covered it all today including: The Elgin City Council does its job The South Elgin Drone Wars are over The kerfuffle between the County Chairman and States Attorney And the Sheriff comes up with a great program Monday! We’ll try to get Sheriff Kramer on and we’ll keep […]

Duration:00:55:26

This is the September 19,2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

9/19/2016
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Larry and I had an interesting conversation with U-46 School Board member Cody Holt. But rather than comment on it, I’ll the discussion speak for itself! Thursday! We’ve got a lot to discuss not the least of which is the current kerfuffle between the Kane County Chairman and State’s Attorney. Until then…

Duration:00:53:56

This is the September 15, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

9/16/2016
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Sorry for the delay dear listeners, but technical difficulties put a hitch in our uploading giddyup! But we did cover everything including: A rather raucous U-46 Board meeting When a public official should recuse themselves from a vote Will it be wise to house mentally ill DOC inmates at the Elgin Mental Health Center […]

Duration:00:55:21

This is the September 12, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

9/12/2016
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The Smiling Conservative and I didn’t quite get to everything, but we were close enough. Whether it’s the Elgin City Council’s potential land sale to St. Joseph’s Church, or U-46 School Board member Jeanette Ward using a transgender student as a pawn, prepare to be enlightened! Thursday! We’ll talk about tonight’s school board meeting […]

Duration:00:55:03

This is the September 8, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

9/8/2016
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We didn’t quite cover all we intended to today, but is was for a good cause! Elgin City Councilmen John Prigge and Terry Gavin both called in to give their side of the St. Joseph’s Church land deal kerfuffle. But we still managed to discuss Donald Trump and drones (or the lack of them) […]

Duration:00:55:19

This is the September 1, 2016 edition of Ward and Jones!

9/1/2016
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Sorry for the delay, but, due to errant traffic lights and road closures, it was impossible to get out of Elgin this eveing! But we did cover everything on the show from Donald Trump, to the University of Chicago, to standing for the National Anthem. No show on Monday, but we’ll be back next […]

Duration:00:55:06

This is the August 29, 2015 edition of Ward & Jones!

8/29/2016
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Larry and I want to thank 66th District State Rep candidates Allen Skillicorn and Nancy Zettler for coming into the Ward & Jones studios for their first debate. And this debate completely disavowed that hackneyed notion that all major party candidates are alike. Nancy’s and Allen’s political perspectives couldn’t be more different. 66th District […]

Duration:00:55:50

This is the August 22, 2016 edition of Ward & Jones!

8/22/2016
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From Donald Trump’s new minority slogan to conservative U-46 school board members who have absolutely no interest in governing, we covered it all! Thursday we’ll discuss the Aurora Mayoral race, why Larry’s wrong about something, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke goes undercover, Donald Trump’s latest gaffe, there may be more bonuses in Kane […]

Duration:00:54:41