Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Report questions impact of technology in the classroom

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

For decades, there has been a vision of an education system transformed by technology. Many have believed, or at least hoped, that the combined power of hardware, software and the Internet would vastly improve student performance.

College major widens gender gap in STEM employment

By Margaret L. Usdansky and Rachel A. Gordon

Medicaid cuts would be harmful

By Dr. Jared C. Rogers

Mike Pemberton/Voices: Newspaper, coffee and the way of the world in a hotel lobby

By Mike Pemberton

One of the attributes of a newspaper is, it's easy to navigate.

No clicking, waiting for stories to load, returning to the home page, and clicking on another. Plus, there's no dependence on signal strength or Wi-Fi connections or annoying text message and Facebook update chimes.

Susan Pawlicki/Voices: Overcoming life's obstacles

BY Susan Pawlicki

Saving Illinois from Clean Power Plan

By J. Winston Porter

President Obama's new Clean Power Plan calls for a 32 percent reduction in carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by 2030. But the plan is shaping up to be little more than a taxpayer handout to the wind and solar industries.

Businesses rely on strong clean water rules

By Andrew Clarke 

On March 25, 2014, the oil company BP reported a malfunction at its refinery in Whiting, Ind., only a few miles away from the city of Chicago. For as much as four and a half hours, crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for seven million people in the greater Chicago area.

Joseph Bauers/Voices: The mystery of the Little Green Things

By Joseph Bauers

The little green things came into my life with a job I had in a plastics factory while I was in college. It was a watchman/janitor position, reserved for students at the local university. During the school year, we worked weekends, and if we pleased management enough, we might catch on full-time summers doing maintenance work.

What others are saying about ... the use of Tasers

Earlier this year, the Urbana City Council gave its police force the OK to purchase and use Tasers in t

Guest commentary: Fiscal futility

By Martin J. Luby

We have all read a lot in the last few years about Illinois' two major financial deficits. First, there is a large mismatch between sustainable operating revenues and costs for existing programs — this is our structural deficit, which is on the order of $6 billion per year. Second, Illinois has an immense pension deficit, estimated to be greater than $100 billion.