Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary | It looks like business as usual in Illinois

By BRAD HALBROOK

The lame-duck session of the General Assembly is never dull, and this year was no exception.

In the closing moments of the 100th General Assembly, the Legislature pushed through a measure incoming Gov. J.B. Pritzker wanted to increase the pay of his top-level department heads.

Guest Commentary | State still needs a proper gubernatorial-incapacity law

By BRIAN J. GAINES

Newly inaugurated J.B. Pritzker is the 43rd individual to serve as governor since Illinois achieved statehood, just more than 200 years ago.

Guest Commentary | Leadership necessary to turn state around

By JASON BARICKMAN

With the start of the new year and the inauguration of the 101st General Assembly and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, it is the prime opportunity to reinvent the Illinois Republican Party and begin rehabilitating our image with voters.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Local theater: The unforgettables

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Long ago, Aristotle described the value of drama. Humans learn and progress through imitation. Plays give the pleasure of recognition. In the case of tragedy, audiences earn an emotional cleansing through the arousal of pity and fear.

Mike Pemberton/Voices | Mind your own business

By MIKE PEMBERTON

"Mindin' other people's business seems to be high-toned
I got all that I can do just to mind my own

Why don't you mind your own business? (Mind your own business)
If you mind your own business
You'll stay busy all the time."

— Hank Williams, "Mind Your Own Business," 1949

Guest Commentary | U.S. remains greatest purveyor of violence in world

By C.G. Estabrook

While we're preoccupied with politics at home, our government is killing people around the world.

International polls show that the United States — not Russia, China, Iran or Israel — is by far the most feared government in the world.

Gene A. Budig/Alan Heaps | Gender bias continues to be serious issue in U.S.

As we look back on 2018, the midterm elections will certainly be regarded as one of the year's major events. A particularly noteworthy aspect was the record number of women voted into the 116th Congress.

To put this into context, here is a thumbnail sketch of past, present and future data on women in the House.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Dress fit to walk down the aisle again

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

It lay in a white box for 52 years.

It saw the light just once. When our first son was born, my sister detached its short lace sleeves to work into a baptismal gown and bonnet. These journeyed on to two more sons, then passed on to the babies of friends.

We had no daughters who might want to wear the dress.

Guest commentary | Flyover states face serious climate issues

By Evan Delucia, Madhu Khanna, Ximing Cai and Gillen Wood

The news from the 24th U.N. Climate Summit was encouraging as nations signed on to a global climate agreement on Dec. 16 — but at the same time, it was discouraging as the Trump administration has promised to abandon the 2015 Paris agreement.

Peter Buckley/Voices | Dress rehearsal

By PETER BUCKLEY

It's that time of year when parents and grandparents attend Christmas concerts and holiday dance recitals. So there I was, watching the dress rehearsal for the dance recital of 4-year-old girls.

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