Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Illinois Bicentennial | Bridge to the future

By HOLLY KEE

Southern Illinois Local Media Group

In 1956, a little-known freshman congressman from Franklin County in southern Illinois gave his first major speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, receiving a standing ovation for his efforts.

Sunday Extra | Graves at the poor farm

By JOSEPH BAUERS

Years ago, in the latter days of my youth, I drove a daily commute of 6 miles between two towns in northern Illinois. It was a lonely little stretch, a state highway devoid of commercial enterprises, save for a lone gas station roughly an equal distance from each town. Otherwise, it was farmland for as far as the eye could see.

Guest Commentary | 'Unidentified' pol got boost from Bush

By BOB KUSTRA

It was a hot summer day in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in the presidential election year of 1992. Thunderclouds overhead threatened as Republican Party precinct workers gathered at a picnic to hear from President Bush, who was running for re-election. Before his arrival, the talk among picnic-goers was how they might have to cancel the event.

Illinois Bicentennial | Hair-raising heritage

By PHIL LUCIANO
Peoria Journal-Star

Illinois boasts a hair-raising history rife with spine-tingling stories — and that's just with politics.

Donna Reed/Voices | Christmas conversations

By DONNA REED

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and it may be time to put aside those phones and devices for just a little while as families and friends gather around the tree or relax together at the holiday table.

Guest Commentary | Battling the mental-illness stigma

By MICHAEL WYSKIEL

It is OK to not be OK. One in five adults in the U.S. have a mental illness (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2018). Mental illness is a tough subject to talk about. But why? Are broken bones and infections tough subjects to talk about?

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Museum guards provide joy, knowledge

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

When we moved to Champaign-Urbana in the 1970s, we had three little boys. We regularly visited local parks, each with its distinctive play equipment. There was an old firetruck at Hessel, the latest in adventurous climbing structures at Hazel Jungerich. Lincoln Square had the granite whale to crawl through.

Illinois Bicentennial | Hollywood comes calling

By DANN GIRE
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Maybe Illinois has produced so many cool movies because it offers such a vastly diverse spectrum of locations to tell highly visual stories.

Or maybe our state has pumped out impressive pictures because the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office cut through red tape for appreciative filmmakers.

Peter Buckley/Voices | The legendary 'Yahtzee Man'

By PETER BUCKLEY

One investigative tool that law enforcement uses is called a trash cover. Police, deputies and agents will sometimes take trash from a garbage can left at the curb of a suspected bad guy in hopes of finding evidence of a crime.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | On Veterans Day, we remember Jake

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

My neighbor Jake passed away several years ago, but his story is vividly with me.

I wrote it down right after he told it — in his typical idiom.

I had wished him happy Veterans Day, assuming he had been in World War II.

Jake laughed. "You bet! Adolf Hitler got me my ticket to Europe. I was 18 in 1944. I call it the big joke."

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