Guest Commentary

Right approach needed to fix human services

By Elizabeth Powers

A recent flap between the state and its employees over a private, for-profit firm's contract to help "scrub" the Medicaid rolls of undeserving recipients became a lightning rod in the debate over the unionization of public workers. Some have complained that union agreements took priority over enormous savings to the taxpayer.

Motor fuel tax hike isn't the answer

By Bill Fleischli

A new effort looming in the Illinois Legislature could make driving even more expensive by moving Illinois from the highest fuel prices in the Midwest and vaulting us toward the highest fuel prices in the entire nation.

Today's farmers face a multitude of challenges

By William C. Bailey

Public may not be in favor of higher taxes on wealthy

By Brian J. Gaines

Medicaid growth gobbles up tax money

By Chad Hays

Welcome to the land of make believe — Springfield. A place where spending more money than in any year in history is presented by the governor as a spending cut.

Time to protect Prairie State from coal mining

By Jack Darin

Unit 4 Schools need a 'Plan B' in place

By Dannel McCollum

The Champaign Unit 4 school administration and board are relentless in their determination to create a new high school campus somewhere in north nowhere. This would entail land acquisition for which the district apparently has cash on hand.

Universities need to hold themselves accountable

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

Those who question the fundamental value of a college degree need to stand back and accept undisputed facts.

Voices: Small town drama ... 'It'll be great'

By Mike Pemberton

A blessing and burden of small-town life is the need for people to participate in a variety of activities. Some are predictable — school fundraising, church socials — others come out of nowhere.

Better planning tools could improve state's budget process

By Nancy Hudspeth

Everyone knows that the state of Illinois faces a dire fiscal situation. This is often blamed on elected officials' mismanagement and short-term thinking. But what most people don't realize is that a significant cause of Illinois' worst-in-the-nation budget crisis is more mundane than that: poor budget practices.

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