Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – March 7
11:43 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Rural EMS Faces Challenges in Illinois

Bill Knight

Even if lawmakers may not always realize the consequences for rural areas if Emergency Medical Services troubles aren’t addressed, operations fold, and rural residents have to rely on help from bigger cities, State Rep. Don Moffitt appreciates how everyday people get it.

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Guest Commentary – Alison Vawter
1:33 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Work Remains for the Feminist Revolution

Alison Vawter
Credit Rich Egger

“The Feminine Mystique,” by Betty Friedan, was published 50 years ago last month.

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Bill Knight – February 28
1:08 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Preventing Wage Theft in Illinois

Bill Knight
Credit Rich Egger

(Editor’s note: due to a technical glitch with this week’s recording, we are presenting an encore presentation of an earlier commentary by Bill Knight)

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Bill Knight - February 21
10:38 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Drop in Union Membership

Bill Knight

The recent release of a government report regarding the numbers and percentages of U.S. employees belonging to unions or working where unions represent them made headlines but most newscasts or stories lacked context. It’s an occasion for a statistical “status report.”

The percentage of the U.S. labor force belonging to unions fell 0.5% from 2011 to 2012, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The drop went from 11.8% to 11.3% – from 14.8 million to 14.4 million Americans.

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Guest Commentary - Bill Jacobs
11:53 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Guns, Words, and Ideas

Bill Jacobs
Credit Rich Egger

We are engaged in a debate over guns and gun control. Some of the voices that we can hear, are telling us that the government wants to take away all of their guns, while others tell us that they need their guns to protect their families from the eventuality of a government that has gone mad, and wants to take away their freedom. These voices are passionate about their guns and maintaining the right to own and to use them.

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