Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary: 21st Century Cures Act is no cure-all

By TRUDY LIEBERMAN
Rural Health News Service

Will patients benefit from the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act? After listening to politicians and reading the headlines, most people might think it's the best thing ever to come along for patients.

Krista Vance/Voices: It was a cold and rainy day

By KRISTA VANCE

There's nothing like being alone in your house when the phone rings and caller ID displays your home number.

I immediately thought of the movie where the babysitter gets numerous calls from a creepy guy asking, "Have you checked the children?" and, of course, the guy's upstairs waiting for her to check so he can kill her.

Guest Commentary: State-ID bill ignores underlying issues

By JENNIFER VOLLEN-KATZ

Earlier this month, when Senate Bill 3368, the state ID bill, passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, legislators and the governor declared a victory. Some claimed that inmates will now leave prison with valid state IDs.

This is not the case.

Guest Commentary: First, you stop digging

By DAVID MERRIMAN and RICHARD DYE

It is not news that Illinois is in a huge fiscal hole. But the depth and difficulty of filling that hole may shock you and more importantly should jolt our state's leaders into taking immediate action.

Guest Commentary: Why all Illinoisans need action on workers' comp

By AUSTIN BERG

At first glance, workers'-compensation reform might seem like small potatoes.

That's because its effects can be tough for people to see: the payroll of a small trucking business in East Peoria, a routine railroad-repair job in Rochelle, salaries at a Springfield steel shop.

Sunday Extra: While I find flag desecration reprehensible, it's not illegal

By MICHAEL WHITE

"Tweeting": It sounds juvenile and the antithesis of "presidential."

As if there weren't issues dire enough to be dealt with, in Trump's latest Twitter tantrum, he says that flag burning should have consequences, like a loss of citizenship or a year in jail.

Guest commentary: The levy is not the tax bill

By LINDA BAUER

Guest Commentary: This bill kills tax hikes

By AUSTIN BERG

No one spends your money like you do.

Of course, Illinoisans are stuck with politicians deciding how some of their money is spent. Voters then hold those politicians accountable for their actions.

But what happens when they can't?

Guest Commentary: Out-of-network ER doctors may charge big bucks

By TRUDY LIEBERMAN
Rural Health News Service

Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such "surprises" have surfaced as a major patient problem, but because of entrenched healthcare interests, a solution is not likely any time soon.