Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Protect bottom line and think outside the deficit

By Jayne DeLuce and Sorita Wilson

When visitors come to Illinois, they enjoy our cities, towns, and countryside. They fill our hotels, meeting centers, restaurants, shops and attractions. Most important, they leave behind an economic impact that drives billions of dollars to the bottom line.

Sunday Extra: AT&T in need of a wake-up call

By David Kolata

In claiming that Illinois' system for regulating telephone service is behind the times, AT&T seems to have forgotten that consumer protections never go out of date.

Solutions for fixing state's pension crisis

Editor's note: John D. Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor and interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, spoke with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about what's next for pension reform in the state of Illinois.

Q: Was there anything from the Illinois Supreme Court's ruling that particularly stuck out to you?

Voices: The more things change, the more they stay the same

BY Robert Silverman

Good farm policy deserves support

By Mark Pflugmacher

I grow soybeans in Champaign County. Farmers, like me, believe it's important to care for the environment because we want the next generation to be able to enjoy the farm community like we have.

Basic questions remain on mine

By Tyler Rotche

Lower tuition plan for 2-year colleges is smart, necessary

BY Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan "to make community college as free and universal as high school."

This proposal, which generated both support and opposition, is important for two reasons.

End cronyism in state hiring

 By Karen McConnaughay

In Illinois, funding pensions was never sexy

By Dannie Mahoney

Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court blocked the former governor's plan of recovery for the state's pension debt crisis.

No quick fix for state's pension crisis

By Robert F. Rich