IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Mon, 21 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Changing how we do local government http://illinoistimes.com/article-13770-changing-how-we-do-local-government.html Changing how we do local government
 Former U.S. Senator from Illinois Alan J. Dixon, in his recent book, The Gentleman from Illinois, writes, “Frankly, I believe there are too many elective offices in most states, including an e...]]>
Diversity is good for business http://illinoistimes.com/article-13731-diversity-is-good-for-business.html Diversity is good for business
 When thinking of immigration reform, we must ask ourselves what we want for the country. From a business perspective, important goals to aim for are innovation and entrepreneurship. And although...]]>
No more backsliding - Eliminate discrimination against women http://illinoistimes.com/article-13697-no-more-backsliding.html No more backsliding - Eliminate discrimination against women
 We have had several thought-provoking conversations recently about a new and surprising description of women’s status in America. According to the latest Shriver Report, A Woman’s Nation Pus...]]>
Fixing Congress http://illinoistimes.com/article-13666-fixing-congress.html Fixing Congress
 These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political...]]>
Springfield leaders are in pension denial http://illinoistimes.com/article-13625-springfield-leaders-are-in-pension-denial.html Springfield leaders are in pension denial
 For decades Illinois politicians ignored the state’s mounting pension debt. Now, with a state crisis that’s reeling out of control, Illinoisans are experiencing what happens when politicians...]]>
Don’t dictate language - Legislating on what people speak widens cultural divides http://illinoistimes.com/article-13598-don%25E2%2580%2599t-dictate-language.html Don’t dictate language - Legislating on what people speak widens cultural divides
The Ukrainian conflict has highlighted the instability of nations in which languages and cultures compete for dominance. Despite fundamental differences, parallels have been drawn with the situation i...]]>
Balancing liberty and security http://illinoistimes.com/article-13566-balancing-liberty-and-security.html Balancing liberty and security
Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.In January it was the revelation that spy agencies in the U....]]>
Abraham Lincoln walks in the morning http://illinoistimes.com/article-13538-abraham-lincoln-walks-in-the-morning.html Abraham Lincoln walks in the morning
 meeting mr lincoln here in springfield that is to say the one in illinoisnot a massachusetts town on the eastern seaboard no the one in illinois where vachel lindsay imagined the president walke...]]>
Springfield must invest in its schools http://illinoistimes.com/article-13510-springfield-must-invest-in-its-schools.html Springfield must invest in its schools
 Raise your hand if you want to pay higher taxes.I’m guessing not many hands went up. No one wants a higher tax bill without a very good reason. I’m leading a group of Springfield citizens wh...]]>
White House Valentines - Combining President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, an essay on presidential marriages http://illinoistimes.com/article-13479-white-house-valentines.html White House Valentines - Combining President’s Day and Valentine’s Day, an essay on presidential marriages
 For more than 200 years, the White House has been a center of American politics. In some administrations, it is also a haven of romance.All but one president was a married man, and in three inst...]]>
Preserve social programs that work http://illinoistimes.com/article-13460-preserve-social-programs-that-work.html Preserve social programs that work
 I started a chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America in Springfield a few years ago. Since then our chapter has grown to include the Greater Springfield Area. At an event last fall in fro...]]>
Will there be enough wings? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13425-will-there-be-enough-wings.html Will there be enough wings?
 Recall the national attention, and concern, generated just before Thanksgiving when the country’s largest turkey producer indicated the possibility of a shortage of large, fresh turkeys? There...]]>
Please, carry with care http://illinoistimes.com/article-13388-please-carry-with-care.html Please, carry with care
Words I wrote a while back in an Illinois Times op ed letter keep coming back to mind. I said: “Most of us will never commit armed robbery or push drugs. But under the right circumstances every one ...]]>
Farm Bill is no place for poison pills http://illinoistimes.com/article-13371-farm-bill-is-no-place-for-poison-pills.html Farm Bill is no place for poison pills
 Congress must approve a farm bill. Our nation’s farmers and millions of food-stamp recipients, as well as American consumers, are depending on the leadership of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Mi...]]>
Mountain lions, wolves and black bears in Illinois? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13343-mountain-lions-wolves-and-black-bears-in-illinois.html Mountain lions, wolves and black bears in Illinois?
The recent occurrence of a mountain lion in Whiteside County has generated much public discussion about the future of this species in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources welcomes th...]]>
Senate opposes persecution of Baha’is in Iran http://illinoistimes.com/article-13318-senate-opposes-persecution-of-baha%25E2%2580%2599is-in-iran.html Senate opposes persecution of Baha’is in Iran
 The Springfield Baha’i community is celebrating the recent approval by the U.S. Senate of a resolution condemning Iran’s continued state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i citizens. Senat...]]>
Pension reform: An interview with U of I expert http://illinoistimes.com/article-13268-pension-reform-an-interview-with-u-of-i-expert.html Pension reform: An interview with U of I expert
 Editor’s note: In an interview with U of I News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora, finance professor Jeffrey R. Brown, who’s also the director of the Center for Business and Public...]]>
Minimum wage workers need a raise for Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-13252-minimum-wage-workers-need-a-raise-for-christmas.html Minimum wage workers need a raise for Christmas
Let’s bring the spirit of Christmas to Congress. The last time the minimum wage went up was in 2009, and, as the owner of a Christmas tree farm and other businesses, I think it’s time for another ...]]>
Coal economy a dead end for Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-13220-coal-economy-a-dead-end-for-illinois.html Coal economy a dead end for Illinois
 In 1911 the Peabody family moved into a new mansion in a suburb of Chicago. The move was made possible by many Peabody company miners living in shacks and risking their lives in unsafe mines dow...]]>
The cop was right to ticket me http://illinoistimes.com/article-13190-the-cop-was-right-to-ticket-me.html The cop was right to ticket me
Once in my teens, approaching the stop sign a block from my house, with no cars around, I slowed way down then gently glided through in my old VW bug.Bill Hall, my friends’ father and the state poli...]]>
Abraham Lincoln, the father of Thanksgiving http://illinoistimes.com/article-13161-abraham-lincoln-the-father-of-thanksgiving.html Abraham Lincoln, the father of Thanksgiving
 The first Thanksgiving is often associated with the Pilgrims. More than two centuries later, President Abraham Lincoln was the first to make it official.This year marks 150 years since Lincoln�...]]>
I was a 10-year-old on Nov. 22, 1963 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13120-i-was-a-10-year-old-on-nov-22-1963.html I was a 10-year-old on Nov. 22, 1963
 I could walk you to within very few feet, perhaps inches, of the exact spot I was on at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 22, 1963. I was on the Butler Elementary School playground playing Artillery Ball after l...]]>
Memories of JFK, who made public life matter http://illinoistimes.com/article-13100-memories-of-jfk-who-made-public-life-matter.html Memories of JFK, who made public life matter
 We were young. We were innocent. We were naive. And from that afternoon on, nothing was the same.I had just finished lunch in the Gizmo at Knox College. As I walked down the long sunlit gallery ...]]>
How to avoid another shutdown http://illinoistimes.com/article-13067-how-to-avoid-another-shutdown.html How to avoid another shutdown
 One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next ...]]>
A poem for All Hallow’s Eve http://illinoistimes.com/article-13032-a-poem-for-all-hallow%25E2%2580%2599s-eve.html A poem for All Hallow’s Eve
 1  all hallows eve sequencehow to cope with that word halloweena time before the day beforea time for welcoming a healthy hoursomething wholesome a pleasing scentlike bread baking in the ov...]]>
Life with baseball in my genes http://illinoistimes.com/article-13004-life-with-baseball-in-my-genes.html Life with baseball in my genes
My father died in 2004; my mother five years later. Anyone who has lost their parents knows one of the bittersweet tasks of grieving – going through all their stuff, deciding what to give away, thro...]]>
It’s time for an intervention http://illinoistimes.com/article-12960-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-for-an-intervention.html It’s time for an intervention
 The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches – reeling from ...]]>
Will Congress learn its budget lessons? http://illinoistimes.com/article-12939-will-congress-learn-its-budget-lessons.html Will Congress learn its budget lessons?
 Will Congress ever get its act together? That question is likely on the minds of many Americans, but the latest impasse should actually serve as a reminder that we need to redouble our efforts t...]]>
‘Trading Places,’ the Illinois General Assembly edition http://illinoistimes.com/article-12911-%25E2%2580%2598trading-places%25E2%2580%2599-the-illinois-general-assembly-edition.html ‘Trading Places,’ the Illinois General Assembly edition
State legislators are too isolated in their districts. Isolation prevents elected officials from hearing views from a variety of different Illinoisans. I have a solution for this breakdown in communic...]]>
Why gambling expansion is bad for business http://illinoistimes.com/article-12885-why-gambling-expansion-is-bad-for-business.html Why gambling expansion is bad for business
The Illinois treasury could have collected an additional $35 billion to $56 billion from gambling interests from 1990 to 2013 and thereby produced a surplus for the 2013 state budget. Pursuant to the ...]]>