Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: Hurdles remain as ADA turns 25

By Kathi Wolfe

July 26, 1990, was a life-changing day for people like me. Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law.

Krista Vance/Voices: No worming my way out of this situation

By Krista Vance

This is not your typical "Circle of Life" story, but it's some kind of circle or other geometric shape.

Say yes to redistricting reform

By Cynthia Canary

During my 14 years at the helm of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, I spoke to thousands of engaged but puzzled voters. After each speech reciting a litany of what ails Illinois politics and ways to cure those ailments, someone inevitably would ask the "easy" question.

In search of a win-win

Editor's note: Christopher Z. Mooney is the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics on the Springfield campus. Mooney studies comparative U.S. state politics, with a special focus on state legislatures.

Sunday Extra: 'A great community, if you can keep it'

By Erik Gustafson

At the conclusion of the constitutional convention in 1787, an inquisitive woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked the following: "What have you given us?"

In response, Franklin declared famously, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."

Margaret Perlstein/Voices: Understanding the effects of bullying

By Margaret Perlstein

Earlier this month, I visited my hometown of Champaign. Although it was not the only reason to subject myself to a week in the tropical heat and humidity of a Midwestern summer, I attended my high school reunion. The last reunion I attended was over a decade ago so it had been awhile and I had a few jitters.

Guest Commentary: Top 10 reasons for state's financial stalemate

By Christopher Z. Mooney

Guest Commentary: Put the brakes on Amtrak service cuts

By Tom Carper

I serve on the Amtrak board of directors, and as mayor of Macomb from 1991 to 2003 worked with local, regional and state leaders to preserve Amtrak services. Most importantly, I live in west central Illinois where Amtrak is essential to our economy.

Mike Pemberton/Voices Oh, bats! Cue the pipe organ!

By Mike Pemberton

"I knew it. Look, a bat," I said to Yolanda.


"On the siding. By the door," I pointed.

Guest Commentary: No need for workers' comp reform

By Perry J. Browder