Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary | State's solar potential just starting to show

By LESLEY McCAIN

Solar energy is a bright spot in Illinois' economy, rapidly creating jobs across the state. And we're just getting started.

Illinois Bicentennial | Cahokia Mounds a worldwide draw

By MIKE KOZIATEK
Belleville News-Democrat

A gaggle of rambunctious fifth-graders scrambled to the top of the 100-foot-high Monks Mound to get a great view of the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis and burn off energy at the end of their class field trip to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

Neal Connors/Voices | Remembering Sgt. Wayne Dawson

By NEAL CONNORS

The first time I saw Sgt. Wayne Dawson's white military headstone in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Champaign was in the fall of 1985.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Fundraisers not all they're cracked up to be

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

My young neighbor came by selling candy — $8 for 6 ounces — to raise money for her gymnastics team. Highway robbery, with little of that actually going to the kids.

I have adopted an alternative. I give $5 to the child seller and tell her to donate that entirely to the fund, not to the hired organizer.

Illinois Bicentennial | Rock Island area site of Revolutionary War, War of 1812 battles

By ROGER RUTHHART
The Dispatch-The Rock Island Argus

The Quad Cities region has provided a footnote to history for virtually every war fought on American soil, including the Battle of Campbell's Island — the western-most battle of the War of 1812.

Guest Commentary | Will history record Illinois as a failure of democracy?

By MARK GLENNON

While Independence Day has passed, it's still a good time to consider the most far-reaching questions raised by Illinois' crisis.

Did the Founding Fathers miss something? Did we miss something the Founders stood for? Is our form of democracy fundamentally flawed?

Illinois Bicentennial | Reagan's 'quintessential Illinois story' began at Eureka College

By LENORE SOBOTA
The (Bloomington-Normal) Pantagraph

Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but it's another president with Illinois roots who offers lessons to which people today can more easily relate, say officials of Ronald Reagan's alma mater.

Illinois Bicentennial | Marching off to war with Grant's first Union regiment

By GREG OLSON
Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Col. Ulysses S. Grant passed up a chance to have his soldiers ride in train cars. Instead, he thought it best that they march to war.

Guest Commentary | The Teachers' Retirement System's $100,000 Club

By ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI

You can't educate children in the classroom when you're funding an expensive education administration. There's just not enough taxpayer money for both, as Illinois' property taxes, budget shortfalls and overdue bills clearly illustrate.

Krista Vance/Voices | Oh, chute ... a seemingly bad idea turns out just fine

All good stories begin and end the same ... "So, there I was ... it seemed like a good idea at the time."

Thomas and I recently attended a smashing birthday party for our friend, Pat.

Good times!

So, there I was ... watching laughing, little kids scramble through a black flapped door. It was like watching circus clowns climb into a tiny car.