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Saturday, June 6, marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, France, that launched the United States and its allies on their path to victory in World War II. Many historians … more
A familiar narrative has gained traction in the wake of the oil demand shock brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. According to one pundit, “The inexorable decline of oil has begun.” Reports … 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 … 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
Though it’s one of the hokiest productions ever, the 1989 Hollywood movie “Field of Dreams” has always served to remind us just what baseball has meant to America. If you’ve ever watched … more
I’ve been writing about Illinois politics and government for 30 years. Like many of my more experienced colleagues, I’ve developed an extensive list of sources and contacts that I can reach out … more
Since I live in a small out-of-the way county that has had one reported case of COVID-19, a second recently rumored, I have been hesitant to write about The Big Disruption in our lives. I am … more
URBANA, Ill. – July corn futures prices have ranged between $3.15 and $3.25 since late April, and that pattern may remain for the next several weeks. The potential for prices to move out of the range depends on supply issues and, more importantly, the nascent economic recovery, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs. more
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
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