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Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:21 am
 As a physician, I support clean energy alternatives that decrease our reliance on coal-powered electricity plants that produce air pollution impacting respiratory ailments and toxic coal ash tha...
Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:12 am

There are good alternatives to mass incarceration. We need to regain our balance.

Four decades ago, we began to create a new problem: mass incarceration. In 1974, Illinois had 6,000 people in prison. Now, Illinois has more than 40,000 people in prison. In the same period, other sta...
Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:14 am
I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964, and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I...
Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18 am

Former U.S. attorney shares lessons learned

 In a series of articles, I’m looking at questions about criminal justice: “Are we safe?” “Are we smart?” “Are we fair?” “What is the best way forward?” I’ve discussed Peoria�...
Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:12 am
Let's contrast two trips. Over Thanksgiving we visited relatives in Australia. We were struck by the lack of garbage along roads and near towns.  We rarely saw a plastic shopping bag or a plasti...
Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:12 am

Don’t turn over mental health care to insurers

 Since leaving the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011, I’ve dedicated my professional life to fighting for full implementation and enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equit...
Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:11 am

Former U.S. attorney shares lessons learned

I believe, based on experience, that we can reduce gun violence. When faced with a surge in gun violence, Peoria adopted “focused deterrence,” and this seems to reduce the problem.David Kennedy, i...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:10 am

Human-based systems must replace market-based failures

 “I’ve got a funny feeling they got plastic in the afterlife...” – BeckBruce Rushton’s article (“The blue badge of shame,” March 6) highlights a critical need for future-thinking. W...
Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:12 am

Reducing gun violence

I offered to write some articles for Illinois Times about criminal justice, because I have some concerns, and because I suspect that many readers also have concerns. I plan to look at a series of ques...

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