IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Fri, 22 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Preserving our tourism budget helps bottom line http://illinoistimes.com/article-15524-preserving-our-tourism-budget-helps-bottom-line.html Preserving our tourism budget helps bottom line
When visitors come to Illinois, they enjoy our cities, towns, and countryside. They fill our hotels, meeting centers, restaurants, shops and attractions. And, most importantly, they leave behind an ec...]]>
Local governments trying to become less transparent http://illinoistimes.com/article-15484-local-governments-trying-to-become-less-transparent.html Local governments trying to become less transparent
 As state government scurries to fill a projected $8 billion deficit in the 2016 fiscal year budget, it would seem to make sense to move beyond successful compromises and proven solutions already...]]>
An agenda for the new mayor and city council http://illinoistimes.com/article-15455-an-agenda-for-the-new-mayor-and-city-council.html An agenda for the new mayor and city council
 “As goes the leadership of the top 100 cities, so goes the country’s economic future,” suggests Jim Clifton, Gallop CEO, in The Coming JOBS War. “Fixing America’s biggest problems and ...]]>
The Lincoln funeral train, Chicago to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-15427-the-lincoln-funeral-train-chicago-to-springfield.html The Lincoln funeral train, Chicago to Springfield
 The train carrying Abraham Lincoln’s body drew throngs of mourners across Illinois as it completed the last leg of its journey from Chicago to Springfield. That was 150 years ago this week. De...]]>
A plea to save the historic preservation agency - And a response from the ALPLM advisory board http://illinoistimes.com/article-15393-a-plea-to-save-the-historic-preservation-agency.html A plea to save the historic preservation agency - And a response from the ALPLM advisory board
We write today with deep concern over the future of historic preservation in Illinois and all the educational and economic benefits it provides. We’re hoping you’ll lend your voices to saving the ...]]>
Editor’s note 4/16/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15361-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-4_16_15.html Editor’s note 4/16/15
 The war is over 150 years ago; a week later Lincoln is dead. Now it is three weeks till his body is finally laid to rest in Springfield. At first it seemed bizarre and maudlin to plan a reenactm...]]>
Walmart’s small wage increase is not enough http://illinoistimes.com/article-15363-walmart%25E2%2580%2599s-small-wage-increase-is-not-enough.html Walmart’s small wage increase is not enough
 You don’t need a Walmart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company’s recently announced boost in worker wages: it’s not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of p...]]>
Before the university we had Elizabeth Graham http://illinoistimes.com/article-15323-before-the-university-we-had-elizabeth-graham.html Before the university we had Elizabeth Graham
“Frances Platt, whatever happened to that wonderful mind of yours?”That was Miss Elizabeth’s greeting to my mother after not seeing her for years. The question was asked in a booming voice heard...]]>
After the Supreme Court affirms marriage equality http://illinoistimes.com/article-15292-after-the-supreme-court-affirms-marriage-equality.html After the Supreme Court affirms marriage equality
It’s here. Forget for a moment any quibbles you may have had with the strategy that got us here. Forget all the other important priorities that were already forgotten along the way. Forget your priv...]]>
Governing by crisis isn’t governing http://illinoistimes.com/article-15265-governing-by-crisis-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-governing.html Governing by crisis isn’t governing
 After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We’re certain...]]>
Moving on http://illinoistimes.com/article-15225-moving-on.html Moving on
My family bought our house in 1925. At the time the address was 1207 West Grand Avenue South. During World War II the street name was changed to MacArthur Boulevard. Now, 90 years later, we are gettin...]]>
‘Modern family’ law is not modern enough http://illinoistimes.com/article-15208-%25E2%2580%2598modern-family%25E2%2580%2599-law-is-not-modern-enough.html ‘Modern family’ law is not modern enough
 Senate Bill 57 recognizes today’s “modern family” by allocating parenting time and decision-making between both parents (see “Lawmakers move to update divorce, child custody law,” Marc...]]>
Is the American business community racist? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15176-is-the-american-business-community-racist.html Is the American business community racist?
 The film Selma calls us to consider where we stand today and what we are doing as individuals and communities about racial justice.In the past few months a rainbow of people has taken to protest...]]>
The meaning of Lincoln’s funeral http://illinoistimes.com/article-15139-the-meaning-of-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-funeral.html The meaning of Lincoln’s funeral
The planned re-creation of the Lincoln funeral train and reenacting of the funeral ceremonies in Springfield scheduled for May mark a remembrance of a great president and an inspirational world figure...]]>
An important tool to fight drug abuse http://illinoistimes.com/article-15118-an-important-tool-to-fight-drug-abuse.html An important tool to fight drug abuse
 The fear of measles and news of the Ebola virus have captured news headlines for many months. These are of course serious news stories and deserve our attention. However, there is one issue that...]]>
Why historians vaccinate their kids http://illinoistimes.com/article-15093-why-historians-vaccinate-their-kids.html Why historians vaccinate their kids
The vaccine debate recently hit home to my Facebook circle (so, you know, it must be serious now...). As the arguments flew fast and furious (“The CDC is a giant conspiracy to sell vaccines!” “S...]]>
The facts on Illinois taxes http://illinoistimes.com/article-15068-the-facts-on-illinois-taxes.html The facts on Illinois taxes
 With the huge budget hole created by the recent 25 percent tax cut to both Illinois’ personal and corporate income tax rate, lawmakers must make critical decisions about whether to make deep c...]]>
Step up the fight against climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-15035-step-up-the-fight-against-climate-change.html Step up the fight against climate change
The latest United Nations climate report is arresting because it confirms prior trends of climate change and emphasizes for the first time that dramatic climate change could hit us suddenly. The scien...]]>
Rethinking guns in America http://illinoistimes.com/article-14993-rethinking-guns-in-america.html Rethinking guns in America
 Handguns have killed more Americans than any other type of firearm. Two innocent policemen in New York City and a black teenager who pulled a handgun on police in Berkeley, Missouri, not far fro...]]>
Alan Dixon’s record of public service http://illinoistimes.com/article-14973-alan-dixon%25E2%2580%2599s-record-of-public-service.html Alan Dixon’s record of public service
I am writing in response to James Krohe, Jr.’s inane and sophomoric diatribe regarding U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon [see “Official graffiti,” Dec. 18]. I had the honor of working with Alan Dixon in t...]]>
Where can Springfield look for money? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14938-where-can-springfield-look-for-money.html Where can Springfield look for money?
 The proposed 2016 operating fund (corporate fund) for the City of Springfield is $118.1 million. The Springfield Police Department ($45.8 million) and the Springfield Fire Department ($37.1 mill...]]>
The good old days of patronage http://illinoistimes.com/article-14908-the-good-old-days-of-patronage.html The good old days of patronage
“Gimme your mop. You’re through.”I was standing in a hall in the Stratton building about 9:30 on a weeknight. The shift was ending and I had been stopped by the new boss. He hit me with that mes...]]>
It’s not as bad as you think http://illinoistimes.com/article-14897-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-as-bad-as-you-think.html It’s not as bad as you think
 We are one glum country.Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us...]]>
Welcome to the neighborhood, Rauners http://illinoistimes.com/article-14851-welcome-to-the-neighborhood-rauners.html Welcome to the neighborhood, Rauners
 I remember seeing Gov. Adlai Stevenson when I was a kid. I was in a car that passed his on the way up to New Salem to see the play Forever This Land. He looked out the window and waved to me.Act...]]>
No need for bobcat hunting in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-14822-no-need-for-bobcat-hunting-in-illinois.html No need for bobcat hunting in Illinois
 Last week, during veto session, the Illinois General Assembly rushed through a proposal to allow a bobcat hunting season in Illinois. Opening up a bobcat season in Illinois without taking into a...]]>
Editor's Note 12/11/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14823-editors-note-12_11_14.html Editor's Note 12/11/14
 The tributes to Judy Baar Topinka came in fast and strong Wednesday morning, just as we were going to press. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat: “The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen la...]]>
Preserving history in Greenview http://illinoistimes.com/article-14794-preserving-history-in-greenview.html Preserving history in Greenview
In the forties and fifties, driving into Greenview on my way to visit my grandparents at their farm on Salt Creek meant passing a sadly decaying remnant of the town’s better days.Just south of town ...]]>
SDAT responds to Britt: Here’s what we’ve accomplished http://illinoistimes.com/article-14762-sdat-responds-to-britt-here%25E2%2580%2599s-what-we%25E2%2580%2599ve-accomplished.html SDAT responds to Britt: Here’s what we’ve accomplished
 Sometimes I think that those of us living in Springfield are our own worst enemy. Case in point: our hometown cartoonist, Chris Britt, used his pulpit in last week’s paper to label the Sustain...]]>
It’s time for Illinois to ratify ERA http://illinoistimes.com/article-14731-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-for-illinois-to-ratify-era.html It’s time for Illinois to ratify ERA
Once more, the State of Illinois has an opportunity to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It should act to do so quickly. The ERA quite simply establishes gender equality unde...]]>
BGA invites Rauner to ‘begin the conversation’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-14700-bga-invites-rauner-to-%25E2%2580%2598begin-the-conversation%25E2%2580%2599.html BGA invites Rauner to ‘begin the conversation’
 Dear Governor-elect Rauner, Please join us at a Better Government Association luncheon in Springfield on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for a conversation about fiscal and ethical reform in Illinois.I’ll g...]]>