Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary: Questions on Rauner's reasons

By RALPH MARTIRE

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently shot down another proposal to fund public services in the current fiscal year.

Jeanne Sathre/Voices: Look who is not in the driver's seat

By JEANNE SATHRE

I spent a weekend last year with my older daughter, her husband and my two grandsons in the Mexican mountain town of Tapalpa. It was a good trip, with a quaint hotel, no chain restaurants or stores, the best hot chocolate I've ever had, and scenery completely different from the cityscape of Guadalajara, where we were living at the time.

Guest Commentary: Corn is for food, not fuel

By STANFORD L. LEVIN

How can we create jobs, improve the environment, reduce the government deficit, and improve relations with Mexico and our Central American allies? It sounds impossible, but actually it's simple: stop mandating that corn-based ethanol be added to gasoline.

Sunday Extra: Nothing fake about news reporting

By JOHN PALEN

Every journalism critic is right at least some of the time. On any given day you can find bias, superficiality, inaccuracy, partisanship, sensationalism, and, increasingly, fake news.

In this time of upheaval and divisiveness, how do you know whether to trust what you see in the news?

Here are some tips from a retired journalist.

Guest Commentary: Let Burnhams' benevolence live on

By DANNEL McCOLLUM

The successful effort to defeat two successive bond referendums to replace Champaign Central High School largely came about through the efforts of an ad hoc group of citizens under the name Keep Central Central.

Guest Commentary: Property-tax freeze: Balm or time bomb for taxpayers?

By TIM JONES

Eugene Williams led his south Chicago suburb of Lynwood through the recession and the slow, unsatisfying recovery, always keeping his eye on the fundamentals — fix the streets, pay the bills. And then do it all over again.

"We need every tax dollar we get," said Williams, who's been mayor of this village along the Indiana border for 10 years.

#LiveLikeLuke: A mother's tale

By HEATHER MILLER

The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life, and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. The people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in yourself. The people that love you simply for being you … the once-in-a-lifetime kind of people.

Luke was one of these people.

Guest Commentary: 'The World's Greatest Rotary Club'

By PETER T. TOMARAS

Sunday Extra: Truth be told, U.S. has always been divided

By MIKE PEMBERTON

There's talk since Donald Trump's election that differing perspectives between rural and urban, common folk versus the elite, will lead to the Balkanization and destruction of the republic with authoritarian Trump reigning.

Guest Commentary: Bill for lawyers would harm business

By TODD MAISCH

Cloaked under the description of "privacy" legislation, a package of bills under consideration in Springfield takes solid aim at two of the state's key economic performers — small businesses and the burgeoning tech industry in Illinois.