Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Illinois Bicentennial | Hair-raising heritage

By PHIL LUCIANO
Peoria Journal-Star

Illinois boasts a hair-raising history rife with spine-tingling stories — and that's just with politics.

Donna Reed/Voices | Christmas conversations

By DONNA REED

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and it may be time to put aside those phones and devices for just a little while as families and friends gather around the tree or relax together at the holiday table.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Museum guards provide joy, knowledge

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

When we moved to Champaign-Urbana in the 1970s, we had three little boys. We regularly visited local parks, each with its distinctive play equipment. There was an old firetruck at Hessel, the latest in adventurous climbing structures at Hazel Jungerich. Lincoln Square had the granite whale to crawl through.

Peter Buckley/Voices | The legendary 'Yahtzee Man'

By PETER BUCKLEY

One investigative tool that law enforcement uses is called a trash cover. Police, deputies and agents will sometimes take trash from a garbage can left at the curb of a suspected bad guy in hopes of finding evidence of a crime.

Illinois Bicentennial | Hollywood comes calling

By DANN GIRE
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Maybe Illinois has produced so many cool movies because it offers such a vastly diverse spectrum of locations to tell highly visual stories.

Or maybe our state has pumped out impressive pictures because the Illinois Film Office and Chicago Film Office cut through red tape for appreciative filmmakers.

Illinois Bicentennial | Shaping a presidency

By CHRIS KAERGARD
Peoria Journal Star

A decade ago, he claimed victory in the presidential campaign from Grant Park in Chicago.

He announced his run — and later his running mate — on ground trod by Abraham Lincoln at the Old State Capitol.

And, yes, he also quoted Ronald Reagan on occasion.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | On Veterans Day, we remember Jake

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

My neighbor Jake passed away several years ago, but his story is vividly with me.

I wrote it down right after he told it — in his typical idiom.

I had wished him happy Veterans Day, assuming he had been in World War II.

Jake laughed. "You bet! Adolf Hitler got me my ticket to Europe. I was 18 in 1944. I call it the big joke."

Guest Commentary | Candidate rhetoric and pre-existing conditions

By THOMAS O'ROURKE

With the November midterm elections approaching, it's difficult to avoid the seemingly endless stream of campaign ads, with health care often a top focus.

Guest Commentary | How Wirepoints helped save Illinois big money

By MARK GLENNON

"Hey, Lama, how about a little something, you know, for the effort." — Carl (Bill Murray) in "Caddyshack" when the Dalai Lama failed to tip him.

From all available evidence, we think we played an essential role saving Illinois taxpayers a ton of money through the Investing in State Receivables Program now being implemented.

Kirsta Vance/Voices | Sneaky-snake scenario flames out

By KRISTA VANCE

Who knew Thomas was the devil dressed in accounting clothing?

On our most recent yard-waste pickup day, I noticed our bags had blown into the street.

I dragged them back to the curb, cursing Thomas for his inability to arrange the bags in such a fashion as to not be susceptible to the wind.

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