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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
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
Remember When is gathered from past pages of the Daily Record and other Lawrence County newspapers. 100 years ago April 21, 1920 The executive committee of the Lawrence County Farm Bureau … more
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic … more
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