SPRINGFIELD — The subject of school choice has come to the forefront in recent weeks with the appointment of Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Education Secretary.
When folks debate the merits of school choice, I can't help but smile.
The fact of the matter is we already have school choice in America.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less intellectually monochrome.
Trial by jury is an extremely important aspect of the judicial system in our country. I have written about it before and will likely do so again. A reader from Danville wrote me recently. While I cannot address personal legal matters or offer advice, the individual did raise a subject that I think impacts many.
One of these days, I'll meet the man who didn't like Willie Summerville. I'm pretty sure I haven't met him yet — and I can tell you I don't look forward to the day.
Willie T. Summerville — musician, educator, force of nature — died last week at the age of 72. I have a hard time believing that anyone ever exposed to him doesn't feel some sense of loss.
If unionized state employees are feeling beleaguered these days, it's easy to understand why.
In an effort to stave off an unpalatable contract proposal, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees recently voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.
It's "Harder Now," the title of the great soul artist Wilson Pickett's 1999 comeback album, characterizes my faith or lack thereof in non-African descendant people these days. It's harder now to watch, listen and read the news. It's never been easy to talk with white people, even progressives and radicals, but it's harder now.
WASHINGTON — Although America's political system seems unable to stimulate robust, sustained economic growth, it at least is stimulating consumption of a small but important segment of literature.
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Last week in a telephone conference call with reporters, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus said he doesn't do town hall meetings and never has.
SPRINGFIELD — Last week, when I heard that members of state government's largest union voted to authorize a strike, I just shook my head and wondered, "What are they thinking?"
Many state workers view this as necessary saber rattling so their union bosses can continue to pressure the governor.
Good luck on that. I don't see Gov. Bruce Rauner bending one iota.