The 1970 Illinois constitution states that Illinois' state income tax must be applied with one rate paid by all taxpayers. Illinois is one of nine ...
Living in an urban environment like Chicago, it's easy for us to say 'what does a farm bill have to do with me?' The answer, though, is bigger than any farm. This bill affects each and every community across the country.
When you look at today's problems thru the 1787 lens -- or that of 1864 or 1942 -- and consider the truly herculean challenges our ancestors were able to overcome for our benefit, it seems as though we should be able to do better.
God is far bigger than a single political party. What we cannot accept, nor allow, is for our own leaders to willfully exacerbate our problems and directly harm people who are already suffering -- to sacrifice the common good to their own ideological agendas.
Nice to see that House Republicans are staying true to form. Faced with the prospect of actually governing, they've once again chosen to pander and po...
Last week, I reflected on the time in my childhood when my sisters and I loved to "play" school. Over time, our love of school changed. The "like" tur...
More and more, our world is driven by right-brain thought. Sadly, consider what's happening today in schools. With a poor economy, budget cuts are being made across the country. The first courses dropped by public schools are right brain courses: art, music, and drama.
The only thing that scares politicians more than losing votes because of the sequester is actually doing some work to avoid losing those votes.
Regardless of region, age, party affiliation, or gender, Latino voters believe that balancing the federal budget should not come at the expense of families and children. If that is the case, then the sequester must go.
The attention span in Washington, D.C. these days is remarkably short, and multi-tasking is something at which Congress seems particularly inept. So right now the focus there is overwhelming on just one thing: scandals, while the real business of the American people goes largely unexamined.
From what I've seen, most homeless people aren't like everyone else because most of them care when everyone else gave up on them and they have learned to survive and even overcome situations others can't even imagine but for those who cling to their judgmental views, think before you speak.
A time-honored tactic of conservative lawmakers is to "starve the beast"by defunding government programs. In the case of food stamps--the quintessent...
We have to learn to set aside our pet issues like gun control and abortion, which are only used by the media and the politicians to keep people divided.
On the face of it, the Tea Party seems autonomous and even a thorn in the side of the GOP. But that façade masks the real truth about the Tea Party, which is that ultimately it is less a political organization than a contract killer working for the Republicans.
Within the first quarter of his final term, Barack Obama has chalked up two frustrating defeats: the sting of across the board budget cuts, followed by the bite of failed gun sales reform. And, now the specter of a triple faced scandal threatens to engulf his presidency.
It is most unfortunate that it takes a severe crisis to get anything done on Capitol Hill, but we fear that a new one will be required to effect material change.