Local Commentaries

Guest Commentary – Jamie Lane
11:43 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Fighting the Flu with More Than Vaccines

Jamie Lane
Credit Rich Egger

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you are probably aware of the flu outbreak in the United States. Schools, offices and hospitals are all feeling the effects of the scourge. I know this well, as I work in a hospital which has been full for weeks. Even the nurses are calling in sick in record numbers.

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Bill Knight – January 24
10:50 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Servant Economy

Bill Knight

When President Obama delivers his 2013 State of the Union address, remember a comment he made at last year’s State of the Union speech: "Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you: America will always win.”

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Bill Knight - January 17
11:49 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Preventing Wage Theft in Illinois

Bill Knight

Illinois has one of the strongest laws in the country with its Wage Payment and Collection Act, which helps workers recover pay withheld from them in so-called wage theft cases and discourages employers from breaking the law. The wage-theft law lets current or former employees file claims against employers for disputes ranging from a last paycheck, earned bonuses or commissions to illegal deductions or lack of compensation for required work.

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Guest Commentary - Robert Shouse
3:26 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

School Board President Outlines Pension Reform Requirements

Robert Shouse
Credit Rich Egger

The Macomb Community Unit School District 185 Board of Education recognizes there is no current issue in the State of Illinois that has greater impact on all citizens than pension reform legislation. The topic of pension reform reaches all counties in our state and will ultimately impact each and every citizen. Therefore, we believe it is important for us as citizen leaders to participate in this debate and work towards a reasonable solution.

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Bill Knight - January 10
11:31 am
Wed January 9, 2013

The Dirty Low-Down Dozen

Bill Knight

Most working people routinely tip servers at sit-down restaurants, but after considering a recent list of the dozen U.S. companies that pay employees the least, consumers may want to start tipping fast-food workers and clerks at familiar department stores, too.

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