Letters to the Editor
Please give new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman the credit he deserves, and stop talking about all the things that could go wrong.
We all know what could go wrong, we've been watching bad football for most of the last 50 years.
If your readers haven't yet seen the Illinois Theatre production of Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" at Krannert Center, I urge them to go. It is still being performed March 10-12.
I saw this play and was amazed by every aspect of the production. The UI student-actors were very professional and the stagecraft blew me away.
America has changed.
When I was growing up in a small town in eastern Illinois 50 years ago, the majority of the homes had firearms. Many of the men were veterans of World War II and Korea. They fully understood the responsibility and the serious business involved in handling a firearm.
Volunteers are needed Tuesday (March 15, the day of the primary election) to help collect signatures on petitions for the Independent Map Amendment.
We are 85 percent of the way to achieving our goal of 600,000 signatures for the constitutional amendment to require an independent commission to draw state legislative district maps.
Obviously, Lovie Smith is an incredible football coach, and athletic director Josh Whitman, as a former Illini, has excelled since graduating.
Together, they have a golden opportunity to lead the Illini Nation to greatness.
However, I have a question I would like each man to answer.
A change is due in the Vermilion County state's attorney's office.
Early last summer, I experienced a theft of tools and equipment from my construction company. The theft was well over $8,500 and was reported to Hoopeston police.
My name is listed on the March 15 ballot as a Democratic candidate for precinct committeeman in Urbana's Cunningham 1.
However, I have dropped out of the race and endorsed Phyllis Clark for this office.
I hope no one opposes Clark, and I regret any misunderstanding.
Geraldine Agilpay's recent letter on the new Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program filled me with mixed emotions.
I have no doubt that this program will increase retirement security for thousands of Illinois residents who do not otherwise contribute to a retirement plan. Nevertheless, the steep program participants will likely face tempers my excitement somewhat.