IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Mon, 20 May 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Tax holidays for Illinois gambling https://illinoistimes.com/article-21232-tax-holidays-for-illinois-gambling.html Tax holidays for Illinois gambling
 Gov. J.B. Pritzker could immediately raise billions of new tax dollars by simply taxing Illinois gambling at the average rates of other states. Duped Illinois legislators have shortchanged pensi...]]>
CWLP rule would slow Springfield solar https://illinoistimes.com/article-21203-cwlp-rule-would-slow-springfield-solar.html CWLP rule would slow Springfield solar
 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...]]>
Too many people in prison - There are good alternatives to mass incarceration. We need to regain our balance. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21186-too-many-people-in-prison.html Too many people in prison - 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...]]>
What Michelle O doesn’t know about divorced dads https://illinoistimes.com/article-21161-what-michelle-o-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-know-about-divorced-dads.html What Michelle O doesn’t know about divorced dads
 When the most admired woman in America last week compared Donald Trump’s presidency to spending the weekend with a fun-loving irresponsible divorced dad, she probably didn’t intend to dispar...]]>
How politics have changed https://illinoistimes.com/article-21152-how-politics-have-changed.html How politics have changed
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...]]>
Police and community can solve problems. Or cause them. - Former U.S. attorney shares lessons learned https://illinoistimes.com/article-21118-police-and-community-can-solve-problems-or-cause-them.html Police and community can solve problems. Or cause them. - 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�...]]>
Take action on plastic pollution https://illinoistimes.com/article-21105-take-action-on-plastic-pollution.html Take action on plastic pollution
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...]]>
Providers should call the shots - Don’t turn over mental health care to insurers https://illinoistimes.com/article-21074-providers-should-call-the-shots.html Providers should call the shots - 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...]]>
‘Focused deterrence’ reduces gun crime - Former U.S. attorney shares lessons learned https://illinoistimes.com/article-21062-%25E2%2580%2598focused-deterrence%25E2%2580%2599-reduces-gun-crime.html ‘Focused deterrence’ reduces gun crime - 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...]]>
We need something better than blue bins - Human-based systems must replace market-based failures https://illinoistimes.com/article-21010-we-need-something-better-than-blue-bins.html We need something better than blue bins - 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...]]>
Former U.S. attorney shares lessons he learned - Reducing gun violence https://illinoistimes.com/article-20989-former-us-attorney-shares-lessons-he-learned.html Former U.S. attorney shares lessons he learned - 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...]]>
What happened to a journalist who did his job https://illinoistimes.com/article-20970-what-happened-to-a-journalist-who-did-his-job.html What happened to a journalist who did his job
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. -Edmund BurkeMichael Leathers is a good man who did something.And it cost him his job. Back in 2002, he was the editor o...]]>
The great divide in American politics https://illinoistimes.com/article-20959-the-great-divide-in-american-politics.html The great divide in American politics
One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties covered some ideol...]]>
Oprah Winfrey and her mom’s strong finish https://illinoistimes.com/article-20929-oprah-winfrey-and-her-mom%25E2%2580%2599s-strong-finish.html Oprah Winfrey and her mom’s strong finish
 Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People Magazine the tender story of their last conversation. As usual, when Oprah shares a persona...]]>
What great legislators have in common https://illinoistimes.com/article-20910-what-great-legislators-have-in-common.html What great legislators have in common
Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issu...]]>
A false crisis and a need for true border security https://illinoistimes.com/article-20885-a-false-crisis-and-a-need-for-true-border-security.html A false crisis and a need for true border security
As a child psychiatrist, I often had to advise parents how to deal with bad behavior from children. If the child acted out and demanded something in return for stopping the bad behavior, I advised tha...]]>
What climate change means for government https://illinoistimes.com/article-20831-what-climate-change-means-for-government.html What climate change means for government
 Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California, coastal flooding in the Carol...]]>
Better than a border wall https://illinoistimes.com/article-20819-better-than-a-border-wall.html Better than a border wall
When I get in discussions about whether we need a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border stretching from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, my opposition to the Trump Wall is often misunderstood as being aga...]]>
Prosecutor fails “A little girl lost” https://illinoistimes.com/article-20788-prosecutor-fails-%25E2%2580%259Ca-little-girl-lost%25E2%2580%259D.html Prosecutor fails “A little girl lost”
 Daniel Mills, son of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Mills, lost his license to practice law in 2009, three years after he was walked out of the state’s attorney’s office where he’d work...]]>
A big disappointment in politics https://illinoistimes.com/article-20714-a-big-disappointment-in-politics.html A big disappointment in politics
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Ending the Cuban blockade https://illinoistimes.com/article-20688-ending-the-cuban-blockade.html Ending the Cuban blockade
 As you sit down to a delicious meal, imagine you are an average Cuban worker, who earns $15 per month, making your monthly trip to the only “supermarket” in Havana where you are registered t...]]>
What does it mean to be patriotic? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20677-what-does-it-mean-to-be-patriotic.html What does it mean to be patriotic?
Patriotism has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. French President Emanuel Macron recently criticized President Trump and other world leaders for their “us versus them” view of patriotism....]]>
TV news is as much to blame as Trump https://illinoistimes.com/article-20649-tv-news-is-as-much-to-blame-as-trump.html TV news is as much to blame as Trump
 Much is being made of the president’s targeting of CNN’s Jim Acosta, but TV news bears as much blame as anyone for our democracy’s dystopian decline, culminating in the presidency of an ig...]]>
Why nationalism won’t work https://illinoistimes.com/article-20628-why-nationalism-won%25E2%2580%2599t-work.html Why nationalism won’t work
A U.S. foreign policy of nationalism, of America First, seems reasonable. All nations should be free to seek their national interests. Therefore, nations must be free and sovereign to make their own c...]]>
Understanding the harm in hate speech https://illinoistimes.com/article-20600-understanding-the-harm-in-hate-speech.html Understanding the harm in hate speech
 Due to the apparent disregard for civility in discourse in our country recently, as well as more mood and behavior problems in students, heightened anxiety in minority students and a trend sugge...]]>
The year of the woman in politics https://illinoistimes.com/article-20585-the-year-of-the-woman-in-politics.html The year of the woman in politics
 It seems there’s a whole bunch of serious women making a serious leap this election year, giving new meaning to the phrase “a march on Washington.” Most political pundits declare this midt...]]>
What does it mean to be an American? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20535-what-does-it-mean-to-be-an-american.html What does it mean to be an American?
Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don’t think about this much. Yet it’s a crucial question, one t...]]>
How LaHood and Davis voted on issues that matter to me https://illinoistimes.com/article-20516-how-lahood-and-davis-voted-on-issues-that-matter-to-me.html How LaHood and Davis voted on issues that matter to me
I like to write about issues to inform people who can then write letters to try to influence legislator votes. However, in an election year it is important to look at how those who represent us voted...]]>
Beware of bogus bipartisanship https://illinoistimes.com/article-20493-beware-of-bogus-bipartisanship.html Beware of bogus bipartisanship
On Jan. 1, 1937, Social Security became effective, which meant workers and employers began making payments into a special U.S. Treasury account. The Republican Party, seeing an opportunity to siphon o...]]>
Environmentalism shouldn’t be a dirty word https://illinoistimes.com/article-20479-environmentalism-shouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-be-a-dirty-word.html Environmentalism shouldn’t be a dirty word
Is there a more despised word among Republicans than “environmentalist”? For many GOP voters, the term conjures up a mental image of tree-hugging socialists hell-bent on regulating our country bac...]]>