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Background. Throughout this century, Illinois has each year been spending and obligating billions more than we have been generating in revenues. So now, each of Illinois’ 4.6 million households … more
Is there anyone among us who doesn’t feel sorry for the Lawrenceville and Red Hill high school graduating classes of 2020? What’s happening isn’t fair and you didn’t deserve it. It’s not … more
Pritzker waited until people practically begged him to shut down the schools on March 15. He talked about issuing a stay at home order for days, and then only acted on March 21 after California … more
Most of us are on the record that education is a major civil rights issue of the 21st century. A high-quality education unlocks the door to economic opportunity and stability. We carried that message across the state and to Springfield where, in 2017, the Evidence-Based Funding formula was passed into law. This historic legislation forever changed how Illinois funds public schools, with a lens toward equity. more
When I was a senior in high school, I received a telephone call from a man who was obviously disguising his voice, claiming to be a scout for the Chicago Bears. I knew right away it was Uncle … more
In his illuminating 800-page book “Behave,” Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky describes how the brain shapes our actions, sometimes based on hard-wired “Us versus Them” … more
You’ve studied hard! Took the right classes. You even worked the perfect internship last summer. Now it’s time to graduate and get your first full-time career job! And then there’s a COVID-19 … more
Although nobody can say so with certainty, it’s believed that English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the … more
I ran into University of Illinois President Tim Killeen recently at a reception. (This was before we all began staying at home, of course.) Tim chided me for not writing about all the great things … more
In a recent column, I had only space enough to touch on my thought that we need a reset of American politics. I was asked to drill down on the topic. Politics is not bad. The FDR speechwriter … more
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