Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Lawsuit conveys contempt

First he killed him. Now he's suing him.

I have no idea whether Robert Rialmo, the Chicago police officer who shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier to death the day after Christmas, was justified in doing so. Certainly, the sequence of events Rialmo describes seems to suggest he was within bounds when he opened fire.

Dee Brown: Time for fans to rally around Illini

By Dee Brown

I'm no stranger to tough times. Growing up on the West Side of Chicago, I had to learn early to stay positive and use the challenges I faced every day as motivation to succeed.

Guest Commentary: TV's bank account is winner in 'debates'

By Jeffrey M. McCall

Guest Commentary: Dred Scott case inflamed slavery debate

By Tom Emery

The controversial Dred Scott case of 1857 is considered a hallmark in the question of slavery in the United States. Few realize that Scott once lived in Illinois.

Guest Commentary: State's auditor general must go

By Adam Andrzejewski

After Illinois Auditor General William Holland retired last fall, three years into his third 10-year term, the General Assembly appointed state Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, as his replacement.

Robert Scoble/Voices: Small-town America primed to beat Silicon Valley

As Rackspace's Futurist I'm known as one of Silicon Valley's top tech influencers. I didn't say that, IvyWorldWide.com did.

So, when I say Silicon Valley is being beaten, and is at risk of losing more companies to small towns, here's why. Recently, I've visited three of those towns, Urbana, Champaign and Blacksburg, Va.

Guest Commentary: Education continues to take back seat

By Gene A. Budig and Alan Heap

Corporations of today see economic strength continuing in the U.S. if creativity and performance are recognized and rewarded, and executives are willing to shovel more private dollars to the schools if they produce needed and timely reformation.

Mike Pemberton/Voices It's winter ... time to binge

By Mike Pemberton

"Let me run upstairs and slip into something more comfortable," my wife, Yolanda, says with a sly smile.

It's Saturday night and we've returned home from the local Mexican restaurant, La Casa Del Sol, after Mass at St. Anthony's.