Local Commentaries

Bill Knight - July 18
1:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Judicial Activism & Voting Rights

Bill Knight

The war against Americans’ voting heated up this summer when the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision struck down a formula to ensure access to polls – even as it affirmed the 1965 Voting Rights Act’s goal.

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Bill Knight – July 11
1:38 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Battle Over Tribune Ownership

Bill Knight

Labor is leading the fight to keep the Chicago Tribune newspapers free from overt partisan control, using their financial clout as well as their street presence.

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Bill Knight – July 4
11:18 am
Wed July 3, 2013

America: A Work in Progress

Bill Knight

When the statue of Frederick Douglass was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on June 19, Vice President Joe Biden quipped that Douglass was “one of my favorite Republicans.”

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Bill Knight – June 26
1:55 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Powerful Than a Locomotive

Credit DC Comics

When “Man of Steel” opened, the latest re-booting of the Superman story was met by indifference, relief or scorn, but change is one of the few constants in the universe of heroes, especially the comic-book variety.

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Bill Knight – June 20
1:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Fracking Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

Bill Knight

Illinois’ legislature on May 31 signaled that fracking can begin, overwhelmingly approving a plan to regulate the high-volume gas and oil drilling despite considerable testimony in opposition, hundreds of people rallying and protesting at the Capitol and Gov. Quinn’s office, and five southern-Illinois counties and four cities, including Carbondale, voting to wait.

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