By Mike Pemberton
It was a crisp, sunny, fall day in 1999.
I cruised into Champaign-Urbana on eastbound Interstate 74 in my Honda Accord on the way to a business meeting. Spotting my exit, I glanced in the rearview mirror, signaled and changed lanes.
By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, this nation too often neglects to thank those who do important and seemingly impossible work. The more than 3.5 million K-12 teachers fall into this category. We owe them big time. So let's send them our apologies and our thanks.
By Krista Vance
Yesterday morning, Thomas was making breakfast and the fire alarm started hollering. Since I'm a helper, I yelled from my comfy place on the couch, "Thomas, the fire alarm is beeping!"
"Are you incapable of turning it off?" he shouted over the noise. "I'm making YOU pancakes, after all."
By Edwin C. Yohnka
Illinois has problems. Months without a budget and disagreements about basic policies have further widened the gap between the political parties, making consensus seem impossible. There is one important area where consensus appears attainable — efforts to reform our criminal justice system.
By Leslie Geissler Munger
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House welcomes residents of all ages: Parents seeking child development services, seniors attending adult day care, families working their way out of poverty. It's a beating heart in the East St. Louis community, and yet the budget impasse is cutting off its blood supply.