Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Raising minimum wage the right move

By Ricky Baldwin and Claire Szoke

Good education policy is good health policy

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of seven articles by faculty from the University of Illinois’ Institute for Government and Public Affairs. The series will cover issues that voters might want to consider before the Nov. 4 election.

Expert says 'no' on amendments

We should always be careful about amending the Illinois Constitution because if problems arise later, the document is very difficult to change.

Voters will face two proposed amendments on the November ballot. Both sound like motherhood and apple pie provisos, yet a constitutional law expert thinks both are flawed and should be rejected.

Wiegand: Voters have future of district in their hands

Judy Wiegand, superintendent of the Unit 4 school district, updates the public on what factors the school board considered when drawing up the referendum.

On Nov. 4, the future of education in Champaign Unit 4 will be in the hands of voters.

Dodds: Site not economically or environmentally sustainable

Marci Dodds, the District 4 representative on the Champaign City Council, explains why she finds the proposed site for Central to be a deal-killer.

Unit 4 is asking voters to approve $149 million to build a new Central High School on farmland on the edge of town as well as renovate Centennial.

Guest commentary: Gas tax may hurt more than it helps

By Don Fullerton and Julian Reif

Last year, the Panzier Lane bridge in Jefferson County collapsed while a truck was driving over it. The driver was unharmed, but as reconstruction began last month, officials estimated it will cost more than half a million dollars to repair.

Voices: Modern-day Keystone Cops

By Carol Mizrahi

Once upon a time the words "Secret Service" conjured up images of virile, responsible men, dressed in suits, packing pistols and wearing earpieces and sunglasses, charged with the formidable task of protecting the president of the United States.

Like I said, that was "once upon a time."

Guest commentary: Candidates need to be seen as well as heard

By Barbara Wysocki

How is it that people who want to represent us don't want to talk with us? Why step forward as a candidate and then be unavailable for a public forum to present alternative ideas? Why do so many local races have just one candidate?

Guest commentary: Time for journalism industry's comeback

By Jeffrey McCall

The dim news for the journalism industry just keeps coming. A recent Gallup news poll shows public trust of the media is at historic lows. Only 40 percent of the public has a measure of trust in the media. This long-term trend indicates trust in the media has dropped 15 percentage points during the last 15 years.

Kasem's end-of-life nightmare a lesson for many Americans

By Daniel Wilson and Sean Crowley