Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

For privacy's sake, Rauner needs to sign SB 1833

By Andrew Koester

Big Data is the new Big Brother. Every day, large corporations profit off our personal information. They know where we shop, what websites we read, our medical history, religious beliefs, political leanings — it's all collected and sold. Even seemingly innocuous actions taken online can reveal sensitive information.

County needs Racial Justice Task Force

By Evelyn Reynolds

At a glance, Champaign-Urbana has little in common with Ferguson, Mo., or Staten Island, N.Y. African-Americans make up 67.4 percent of Ferguson's population, a much larger proportion than Champaign County's 12.8 percent, and Staten Island is one of five bustling New York City boroughs, with more than double the population of Champaign-Urbana.

Sunday Extra: U.S. judge has been overruled on inclusion

By Michael H. LeRoy

In last week's Steven Salaita decision, U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber mentioned "students" just once in 56 pages. He compared this matter to the famous "F—- the Draft Case." Relying on this 1971 decision, he failed to cite more recent Supreme Court cases that deal with disruptive speech in public workplaces.

From science to faith

By Peter T. Tomaras

Arguments for and against creationism appear regularly in letters to the editor. Some writers are dogmatic: There is no truth but their truth.

Student aid is on the brink

BY David Tretter 

This is an exciting and anxious time of the year for many students starting or heading back to college. Campuses will soon be buzzing with activity, from move-in days to organizing classes.

But for around 136,000 of the state's most financially vulnerable students, the excitement of the start of a new school year comes with real uncertainty.

Mary Kay Gwinup/Voices: All thumbs ... and a broken ankle to prove it

By Mary Kay Gwinup

It all started when my thumb began hurting one day a few weeks ago.

I had been doing lots of typing, anxious to update my reading log before I forgot a couple of characters and plot lines from the last four books I'd read. Three hours into serious note typing, I noticed that my right thumb was getting kinda sore.

Make that really sore.

Ray Elliott /Voices: Out of sight, out of mind doesn't work

By Ray Elliott

When I worked as a counselor at Menard Prison in the 1970s, Illinois had some 10,000 men and women incarcerated. Today it is reported that nearly 50,000 of our citizens are locked away in Illinois jails and prisons.

As school starts up again

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

It's the onset of the fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start. This is a process we take for granted.

It's time for infrastructure investment

Editor's note: This article was originally published in Central Illinois Business Magazine

By J. FRED GIERTZ

"Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain." — Isaiah 40:4

Carol Mizrahi/Voices Where have all the children gone?

By Carol Mizrahi