IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Sun, 05 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Pope Francis speaks up for the planet http://illinoistimes.com/article-15815-pope-francis-speaks-up-for-the-planet.html Pope Francis speaks up for the planet
What a wonder! At a time when so many of the leaders and people of our world are sleepwalking through the most exciting, promising and treacherous time in the history of our world, there arrives a sha...]]>
Close the Illinois State Museum, cut our collective hearts out http://illinoistimes.com/article-15767-close-the-illinois-state-museum-cut-our-collective-hearts-out.html Close the Illinois State Museum, cut our collective hearts out
 My little son loves the Illinois State Museum. For him, it’s a place of exploration and discovery. He routinely clamors to be taken to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum, located on the lower fl...]]>
Illinois State Library building marks 25 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-15744-illinois-state-library-building-marks-25-years.html Illinois State Library building marks 25 years
 It is a public building that is not only beautiful in design, but was constructed under budget. Few other public facilities can make those claims.June 20 marks the 25th anniversary of the dedica...]]>
At long last, a ban on transfat - Interview with U of I pioneer scientist http://illinoistimes.com/article-15613-at-long-last-a-ban-on-transfat.html At long last, a ban on transfat - Interview with U of I pioneer scientist
Editor’s note: University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, now 100, first reported a link between dietary transfats and heart disease in 1957. Trained in lipid biochemist...]]>
Congress: ‘War powers? What war powers?’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-15583-congress-%25E2%2580%2598war-powers-what-war-powers%25E2%2580%2599.html Congress: ‘War powers? What war powers?’
 A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants. “The s...]]>
Drunk drivers need to hear from victims http://illinoistimes.com/article-15549-drunk-drivers-need-to-hear-from-victims.html Drunk drivers need to hear from victims
 It appears certain that drunk drivers, drivers under the influence of drugs, and distracted drivers will continue to kill and injure innocent motorists. Why is it so certain, when everyone recog...]]>
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...]]>