Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Unlocking the prison issue

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

In an address to the U.S. Conference of Mayors recently, Bill Clinton predicted that prison sentencing would be a major issue in the next presidential election.

With the 2016 race for the White House well underway, the former president's prediction is his not so subtle way of proposing a timely topic for the national agenda.

Hispanic population becoming more 'us' than 'them'

CHICAGO — For those of you who aren't close observers of the changing face of the U.S. Hispanic population, I beg you: Take a closer look.

Attention shoppers: Bullhorn mom in Aisle 5

By Krista Vance

"I want to cut off her braid."

"Whose?" my bestie asked.

"Rapunzel's. I'm so tired of watching her paint pictures and talk to that dragon. Every time the video ends Emily hits rewind and we watch it again."

"You could stuff a PB&J sandwich into the VCR."

Unnecessary noise shows disregard for others

By Carol Mizrahi

Proposed water regulations a threat to farmers, businesses

By Mark Pflugmacher

Get farmers together and you can usually expect conversation to bounce between the weather and, at least currently, whether or not they're done harvesting for the year.

Voices: Have garment bag, will travel ... hopefully

By Krista Vance

Sometimes I think I'm brilliant ... sometimes, not so much.

One night at 11:30, I was packing for my early morning flight and decided to use Thomas' advice.

Data must drive education decisions

By Andrew Wilk

Great medical centers support their communities

By Martha Wagner Weinberg

For me, Ebola epidemic hits home


I woke up Tuesday to a text from my friend Lindsey Perry with whom I served 27 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.

"One of my teachers just died of Ebola ... And possibly infected others in teachers quarters."

The group text message told me and three other returned PCVs that one of her teachers just died from Ebola.

Illinois worse off than we think

By Richard Dye and Richard Winkel