IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Sun, 25 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 “Ban the Box” helps ex-cons succeed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17730-%25E2%2580%259Cban-the-box%25E2%2580%259D-helps-ex-cons-succeed.html “Ban the Box” helps ex-cons succeed
More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to reenter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become g...]]>
Why this Democrat wants a strong GOP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17683-why-this-democrat-wants-a-strong-gop.html Why this Democrat wants a strong GOP
 I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a f...]]>
Nobody wants to talk about ovarian cancer http://illinoistimes.com/article-17658-nobody-wants-to-talk-about-ovarian-cancer.html Nobody wants to talk about ovarian cancer
 Ovarian cancer touches all women. It does not discriminate based on age, race or ethnicity. More than 22,000 mothers, daughters, wives and sisters will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year...]]>
Message to students as school starts http://illinoistimes.com/article-17638-message-to-students-as-school-starts.html Message to students as school starts
Nancy Flood wrote this article 35 years ago when she was a young teacher in Springfield School District 186. She says if she were teaching today she’d want to say the same thing.Dear students,I’ve...]]>
Can It Can’t Happen Here happen here? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17590-can-it-can%25E2%2580%2599t-happen-here-happen-here.html Can It Can’t Happen Here happen here?
In 1935, It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, was published. Lewis tells the story of how a populist demagogue with strong authoritarian leanings becomes president and eventually a dictator. Som...]]>
Bring the legislature back http://illinoistimes.com/article-17575-bring-the-legislature-back.html Bring the legislature back
I represent a unique district on the west side of Springfield and Sangamon County – one with many dedicated state workers and many others who rely on the state for funding or services. We also have...]]>
TPP: U.S. world leadership? - Or corporate takeover? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17550-tpp-us-world-leadership.html TPP: U.S. world leadership? - Or corporate takeover?
The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, to be voted on by Congress soon, is a quilt of many colors, disparate pieces stitched together. This is a complex bill which you probably will support if you belie...]]>
A fiscally stressed city has to prioritize http://illinoistimes.com/article-17529-a-fiscally-stressed-city-has-to-prioritize.html A fiscally stressed city has to prioritize
 The Springfield mayor and city council should be commended for discussing a variety of needs facing the city. Infrastructure, a city planner, Hunter Lake and the mansion block, to name a few. Th...]]>
Anniversary of America’s forgotten war http://illinoistimes.com/article-17492-anniversary-of-america%25E2%2580%2599s-forgotten-war.html Anniversary of America’s forgotten war
 The Korean conflict from 1950-53 is often called “America’s Forgotten War.” For the families of Americans killed or missing there, it is anything but forgotten. This week (July 27) marks t...]]>
An elegy to the Spirit of ’08 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17474-an-elegy-to-the-spirit-of-%25E2%2580%259908.html An elegy to the Spirit of ’08
 I stumbled across a documentary about Barack Obama’s ’08 presidential campaign the other night while browsing through Netflix. “Perfect,” I thought, and settled back in anticipation of a...]]>
Bridging the racial divide takes building relationships http://illinoistimes.com/article-17451-bridging-the-racial-divide-takes-building-relationships.html Bridging the racial divide takes building relationships
 Eugene Robinson’s recent commentary following the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers is profoundly insightful:  “Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Both statements must...]]>
A tribute to Phil Bradley - Public servant, writer, raconteur http://illinoistimes.com/article-17421-a-tribute-to-phil-bradley.html A tribute to Phil Bradley - Public servant, writer, raconteur
 IT readers and Springfield residents in general have lost a good friend with the untimely passing of Illinois Times guest columnist Phil Bradley. Bradley, 72, of Chatham, died June 27. At one ti...]]>
Unsocial media - A Republican who misses the old GOP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17388-unsocial-media.html Unsocial media - A Republican who misses the old GOP
 President Eisenhower said, “If you aren’t in the middle of the road, you are in the gutter.”What he expressed 60-plus years ago applies to today’s Facebook. Sure, there are lots of...]]>
The fight over the Illinois State Museum - Thrown out of its room in 1887, this isn’t the museum’s first rodeo http://illinoistimes.com/article-17371-the-fight-over-the-illinois-state-museum.html The fight over the Illinois State Museum - Thrown out of its room in 1887, this isn’t the museum’s first rodeo
 One of the many casualties of the state budget disaster has been the closure of the Illinois State Museum, which is scheduled to reopen next month, with an admission charge. It is not the only t...]]>
To my daughter, the Bernie fan - Here’s why it’s time to support Hillary http://illinoistimes.com/article-17335-to-my-daughter-the-bernie-fan.html To my daughter, the Bernie fan - Here’s why it’s time to support Hillary
 Dear Nora and Michael,     I took my Bernie sign down today.  The yard looks a little bare.  He would have made a great president.  But fair is fair.  He just ...]]>
Keeping cool http://illinoistimes.com/article-17315-keeping-cool.html Keeping cool
 We are close to the time of year when the big decision on air-conditioning must be made. Flip the switch now or wait for hotter weather? Some of us crank it up when the heat starts, others are m...]]>
Springfield needs a city planner http://illinoistimes.com/article-17297-springfield-needs-a-city-planner.html Springfield needs a city planner
This is an edited version of remarks Paul O’Shea delivered to the Citizens Club May 27.I agree when Bob Gray says that the 1925 Myron West City Plan of the City of Springfield was exemplary. This wa...]]>
Why the new Exelon/ComEd bill is bad for Illinois consumers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17265-why-the-new-exelon_comed-bill-is-bad-for-illinois-consumers.html Why the new Exelon/ComEd bill is bad for Illinois consumers
 With the spring legislative session in Springfield only a few days from adjournment, legislators are rushing to move bills up the chain for a final vote on the floor and passage. As they do so, ...]]>
Popsicles for breakfast http://illinoistimes.com/article-17240-popsicles-for-breakfast.html Popsicles for breakfast
 On April 29, 1944, my mother was admitted to Memorial Hospital in Springfield where I was born. I was the first in my line to be born in a medical facility. There is a house up on Salt Creek in...]]>
Is daily fantasy sports illegal? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17197-is-daily-fantasy-sports-illegal.html Is daily fantasy sports illegal?
 Virtually a nonentity in 2012, by 2015 Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) was the largest advertiser in the United States. But by the end of 2015, DFS was the subject of investigations by the U.S. Attor...]]>
Eating real http://illinoistimes.com/article-17170-eating-real.html Eating real
Before McDonalds came to town after the Second World War, in the late ’40s and the ’50s, we ate differently than today. In fact we got our food in different ways.At my grandparents’ farm in Mena...]]>
Showing my heart to the world http://illinoistimes.com/article-17129-showing-my-heart-to-the-world.html Showing my heart to the world
 My name is Thomas J. Bestudik and I am currently an inmate at Taylorville Correctional center serving three years. My world revolves around my nearly 9-year-old daughter, and I wrote a poem to e...]]>
No sidelines in fight against climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-17109-no-sidelines-in-fight-against-climate-change.html No sidelines in fight against climate change
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day.Wha...]]>
It’s tax time, but corporations aren’t paying http://illinoistimes.com/article-17066-it%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-time-but-corporations-aren%25E2%2580%2599t-paying.html It’s tax time, but corporations aren’t paying
 Tax Day offers a stark reminder of the difference between those of us who pay all our taxes every year and the big corporations that don’t. While families and small businesses scramble to file...]]>
Too much secrecy in government http://illinoistimes.com/article-17036-too-much-secrecy-in-government.html Too much secrecy in government
We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is d...]]>
Illinois has seen its share of disasters http://illinoistimes.com/article-17009-illinois-has-seen-its-share-of-disasters.html Illinois has seen its share of disasters
 Like most states, Illinois has endured its share of disasters during its history. The catastrophes have ranged from natural to manmade, and from industrial to recreational.Some of the worst disa...]]>
Race tensions at the turn of the century http://illinoistimes.com/article-16959-race-tensions-at-the-turn-of-the-century.html Race tensions at the turn of the century
 Though life was slowly improving for millions in Illinois as the 20th century opened, many still struggled for fairness, including women, the poor and minorities. In several instances, racial te...]]>
Don’t deny occupations to ex-offenders http://illinoistimes.com/article-16934-don%25E2%2580%2599t-deny-occupations-to-ex-offenders.html Don’t deny occupations to ex-offenders
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) released 29,962 prisoners in 2014, according to the department’s FY2014 annual report. Research suggests that the ex-offender’s biggest hurdle to reen...]]>
Social Security is critical primary issue for Illinoisans http://illinoistimes.com/article-16912-social-security-is-critical-primary-issue-for-illinoisans.html Social Security is critical primary issue for Illinoisans
 With the March 15 Illinois primary quickly approaching, it is urgent that presidential candidates take a stand on one of the most critical financial and retirement security issues Americans face...]]>
World’s Fair put Illinois in spotlight http://illinoistimes.com/article-16852-world%25E2%2580%2599s-fair-put-illinois-in-spotlight.html World’s Fair put Illinois in spotlight
 In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, a six-month extravaganza that thrust Illinois into the international spotlight. The event inspired an artistic and educational revival...]]>