Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – April 4
1:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Will the GOP Move to the Center?

Bill Knight

Days after April Fools Day, we still look over our shoulders, and one political prank breathing down our necks is the “new” GOP.

President Obama’s 5-million vote victory over Republican Mitt Romney showed the country’s shifting demographics – more voters who are younger, better educated, more likely to be women, and more diverse in religion and race. That supposedly signaled to some GOP leaders that they should be less extremist and more open to the actual makeup of the nation.

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Bill Knight – March 28
10:39 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Holding Accountable All Levels of Government

Bill Knight

A couple of weeks ago a couple of harbingers of Spring came and went, and each acknowledges how we depend on sunshine.

One was Daylight Savings Time, letting us think about spring and more sunlight, and the other was “Sunshine Week,” a time to promote and praise transparency in government: open government.

Effective representative government depends on transparency through open meetings, open records and public notices. If any of those three is absent, government collapses into secrecy and darkness.

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Guest Commentary - Ed Woell
7:53 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Macomb Election "A Systemic Collapse of Democracy"

Ed Woell
Credit Rich Egger

As a history professor, I often look for ways in which the past can inform the present.  One belief that led me to my profession is that history imparts crucial lessons that can help us make sense of events unfolding in the here-and-now.

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Bill Knight – March 21
11:04 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Proposals and Polls about Pension Reform

Bill Knight

Most Illinois House members recently backed a measure to limit the salary on which public employees’ retirement benefits could be based. One of a few proposals to address the state’s $96 billion pension shortfall, it was seen as a test vote as lawmakers grapple with some way to make good on years of the legislature failing to make its payments.

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Bill Knight – March 14
1:16 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Feds Take Note of Income Inequality

Bill Knight

Labor income “has been declining as a share of total income earned in the United States for the past three decades,” according to a new analysis on income inequality from an unlikely supporter of economic justice: the Federal Reserve, which adds, “The capital share, by stark contrast, has been increasing.

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