Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Great medical centers support their communities

By Martha Wagner Weinberg

Data must drive education decisions

By Andrew Wilk

Like men, good polls are hard to find

Ever since the Literary Digest poll of 1936 infamously predicted that Alf Landon would smother Franklin D. Roosevelt in that year's presidential election, pollsters have been working to refine their art.

This column looks at why polls have become more difficult to do well and of the consequences the polls can have for election outcomes.

Illinois worse off than we think

By Richard Dye and Richard Winkel

For me, Ebola epidemic hits home


I woke up Tuesday to a text from my friend Lindsey Perry with whom I served 27 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.

"One of my teachers just died of Ebola ... And possibly infected others in teachers quarters."

The group text message told me and three other returned PCVs that one of her teachers just died from Ebola.

Raising minimum wage the right move

By Ricky Baldwin and Claire Szoke

Good education policy is good health policy

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of seven articles by faculty from the University of Illinois’ Institute for Government and Public Affairs. The series will cover issues that voters might want to consider before the Nov. 4 election.

Wiegand: Voters have future of district in their hands

Judy Wiegand, superintendent of the Unit 4 school district, updates the public on what factors the school board considered when drawing up the referendum.

On Nov. 4, the future of education in Champaign Unit 4 will be in the hands of voters.

Dodds: Site not economically or environmentally sustainable

Marci Dodds, the District 4 representative on the Champaign City Council, explains why she finds the proposed site for Central to be a deal-killer.

Unit 4 is asking voters to approve $149 million to build a new Central High School on farmland on the edge of town as well as renovate Centennial.

Expert says 'no' on amendments

We should always be careful about amending the Illinois Constitution because if problems arise later, the document is very difficult to change.

Voters will face two proposed amendments on the November ballot. Both sound like motherhood and apple pie provisos, yet a constitutional law expert thinks both are flawed and should be rejected.