Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: Ending racism still an uphill battle

By Keith Hays

In 1923, a crowd of more than 3,000 gathered in Urbana's Crystal Lake Park for a Ku Klux Klan rally. The crowd was too big to be accommodated in the Klan-owned Illinois Theatre on Urbana's Main Street.

Guest commentary: Parkland enacting exciting changes

By Greg Knott

The fall semester at Parkland College is just a few days from starting. I find this time of year very exciting, with new and returning students coming to Parkland, to learn new skills and knowledge that may help them start a new career, begin their college journey or perhaps take a class for personal interest.

Higher ed study results are deeply disturbing

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

A recent report from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania sheds important and disturbing new light on racial and gender inequality in higher education.

Voices: 'A stone for Earl'

By Marie Hitz

My father lost his farm during the Depression, as did many others, causing him to become a tenant farmer, meaning we moved often.

Decisive action? Not so fast

By Chapin Rose

On Tuesday last week, I was excited to hear over the radio that Gov. Pat Quinn finally acted to protect the water supply for three-quarters of a million Illinoisans. Indeed, the radio account repeated his press release title verbatim, "Governor Quinn Acts to Block Disposal of PCB Waste at Clinton Landfill."

Israelis are aggressors, not victims

By Niloofar Shambayati

During Israel's recent assault on Gaza, President Barack Obama, Congress and the American media have been sounding off the mantra of "Israel's right to defend itself" against rockets from Gaza — a self-evident right, if Israel were indeed the innocent victim of a military aggression, and not its perpetrator.

Voices: With the best of intentions

By Donna Reed

Why do our public schools never improve?

By Andrew Wilk

IHSA keeps best interests of student-athletes in mind

Greg Cohen

The Illinois High School Association is an easy target to attack. It is difficult for me to watch quietly as people attack this organization. The people attacking the IHSA get upset over one event, one decision or one action and don't recognize all the good the IHSA does for student-athletes in the state of Illinois.

Informed citizens, solidarity needed to save us

By David L. Green