By ANDREW WILK
We are approaching the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, that point in time when America emerged intact from the ruins of a ravaged world as the most powerful nation in the history of our planet. We had an industrial base in place that had served as the arsenal of democracy — and which now stood ready to bombard both friend and foe with consumer goods.
By P. Gregory Springer
Some people actually believe the Bible can be read literally — every word, translation and transcription true. Some of my dearest friends and relatives believe in talking snakes and Noah's ark. Others are more critical, choosing which parts certainly must be metaphorical and which parts benefit the soul with parable and wisdom.
By Lynn Branham
The Champaign County Jail reminds me of potholes. A citizen reports a cavernous pothole in a street. The pothole is filled in, only to reappear a few months or a year later. The "quick fix" is quick, but not a fix.
By Pat Quinn
What will the Midwest economy look like in a few years and what will Illinois' place in it be?
Will the region, ridiculed decades ago as the Rust Belt, continue its renaissance as a center for innovation and risk-taking, leading the nation into a new age of American manufacturing in the 21stcentury? Or will others claim that mantle?
By David Merriman
Illinois' economy has been slow to recover from the Great Recession of 2008. Like in other states, Illinois saw huge drops in housing values and sweeping job losses. But unlike many other states, the Great Recession exposed long festering fiscal imbalances in Illinois.
Several readers have asked me to comment on the increasingly nasty campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.
By Denise Cummins
American universities are undergoing an unprecedented upheaval, and as the Feb. 18 News-Gazette article on the role of nontenure faculty shows, the University of Illinois is no exception.
By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
Happy birthday, George, and happy birthday, Abe. While we're at it, happy birthday to the two other presidents born in February, William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan.