Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Illinois Bicentennial | Rock Island area site of Revolutionary War, War of 1812 battles

The Dispatch-The Rock Island Argus

The Quad Cities region has provided a footnote to history for virtually every war fought on American soil, including the Battle of Campbell's Island — the western-most battle of the War of 1812.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Fundraisers not all they're cracked up to be


My young neighbor came by selling candy — $8 for 6 ounces — to raise money for her gymnastics team. Highway robbery, with little of that actually going to the kids.

I have adopted an alternative. I give $5 to the child seller and tell her to donate that entirely to the fund, not to the hired organizer.

Illinois Bicentennial | Reagan's 'quintessential Illinois story' began at Eureka College

The (Bloomington-Normal) Pantagraph

Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but it's another president with Illinois roots who offers lessons to which people today can more easily relate, say officials of Ronald Reagan's alma mater.

Guest Commentary | Will history record Illinois as a failure of democracy?


While Independence Day has passed, it's still a good time to consider the most far-reaching questions raised by Illinois' crisis.

Did the Founding Fathers miss something? Did we miss something the Founders stood for? Is our form of democracy fundamentally flawed?

Guest Commentary | The Teachers' Retirement System's $100,000 Club


You can't educate children in the classroom when you're funding an expensive education administration. There's just not enough taxpayer money for both, as Illinois' property taxes, budget shortfalls and overdue bills clearly illustrate.

Illinois Bicentennial | Marching off to war with Grant's first Union regiment

Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Col. Ulysses S. Grant passed up a chance to have his soldiers ride in train cars. Instead, he thought it best that they march to war.

Krista Vance/Voices | Oh, chute ... a seemingly bad idea turns out just fine

All good stories begin and end the same ... "So, there I was ... it seemed like a good idea at the time."

Thomas and I recently attended a smashing birthday party for our friend, Pat.

Good times!

So, there I was ... watching laughing, little kids scramble through a black flapped door. It was like watching circus clowns climb into a tiny car.

Illinois Bicentennial | Getting your kick on Route 66

By The (Springfield) State Journal-Register

Perhaps it is the yearning for yesteryear that endears so many to Route 66.

Illinois Bicentennial | Peoria Ag Lab making 'wonderful discoveries' since 1940

Peoria Journal Star

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, formerly named the Northern Regional Research Laboratory, has been headquartered in Peoria for 78 years.

Wait, the what?

Ray Elliott/Voices | A memory on Father's Day


Today is Father's Day. Mine has been gone for more than 20 years, but it's a day I want to remember him because of who he was, what he was, when he was and for all the times I forgot that. This column is for him.