By Jason Barickman
When Illinois adopted the income tax in 1969, it was designed as a low, flat-rate tax that would treat all taxpayers fairly. Everyone, regardless of income, would pay the same percentage rate. The concept was so important that it was written into the 1970 state constitution.
By Doug Whitley and Ben Brockschmidt
Illinois is the transportation hub of America where waterways, interstates, railroads, pipelines, fiber optic networks and global air travel converge. The foundation of Illinois's economy is built on transportation.
By James Thorpe
Since the beginning of time, the world's rivers and lakes have presented opportunities for commerce, travel and recreation. Here in Illinois where rivers have carved beautiful vistas through the prairie, they are enjoyed and greatly appreciated for fishing and boating among other pursuits.
Editor's note: Marc Doussard is a professor of urban and regional planning. His research focuses on workplace inequalities and the effect of public policy on economic opportunity, with partners ranging from the Department of Defense to the Service Employees International Union.
By Greg Baise
I was traveling recently around Illinois.
What I saw was sad. Very sad.
By David Gehrig
Only a few days after the U.S. Constitution's 226th birthday on Sept. 17, we in Urbana saw a dramatic demonstration that the First Amendment applies to all Americans, including — for better or worse — its bigoted idiots. On Sept. 22, the Urbana Free Library hosted (but did not sponsor) a 9/11 Truther talk by Jim Fetzer, a nationally known Holocaust denier.
By John Bambenek
While much of the public attention is directed at the federal government slimdown and upcoming fight on the debt ceiling, a very important milestone was reached for the Affordable Care Act. Namely, the health care exchanges were "opened."
By Darla Kvidera
By MIKE PEMBERTON
The older I get the earlier I awake. If the trend continues, I'll be rising at 4 a.m., eating supper in midafternoon and hitting the hay at 8 in the evening. The jokes about senior citizens' early bird dinner specials taking a different, more practical meaning to me.
By CAROLINE H. LITTLE
We've been calling it the end of an era for a long time now.