Illinois State Superintendent of Education Chris Koch wants to repeal class size limits for special education students. This policy change runs counter to the prevailing research that shows class size truly does matter.
Dawn Clark Netsch was the first woman I really admired. I was five years old and in awe of her--her voice, her clothes, her ideas. When she spoke, she knew what she was talking about. I wanted my hair cut just like hers. I wanted to grow up and be like her.
Illinois is the next state on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)'s target list for putting the oil industry's interests ahead of the public interest.
Normally a Democratic Congressional primary would attract little national attention. But the contest Tuesday in Illinois' Second Congressional District pitted two political giants against each other: the National Rifle Association and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
While the instinct to lock up dangerous, gun-toting criminals is a good one, the proposal unveiled in Chicago on Monday is a cop-out.
This week on Yetta Kurland LIVE! I spoke with David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement about marriage equality in the UK and Illinois, gays in the Boy Scouts, Ed Koch and more. Then we talked to Rachel Eve Stein of Women's Information Network NYC about women's empowerment in New York.
Men who buy sex (often called johns) have remained largely silent in the public discourse about sex trafficking and prostitution. But it turns out that many of them do want to share their stories, at least with other johns.
As technology progresses, what communications are considered public increases and correspondingly the private decreases.
In his landmark sociological study ("Body and Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer") of the role of boxing gyms in the mean streets of the Windy City, Professor Loic Wacquant argued that for many, the gym is an island of peace and stability.
The denial of the "title" of marriage serves only one purpose -- to denigrate and diminish the dignity of the same-sex or interracial or interfaith or Catholic or African-American unions. It is a mean-spirited and cruel insult to the loving commitments made by such couples.
All the legislation does is require that corporations disclose how much they pay to the state. Working families in the state are paying taxes. All we want to do is make sure the big corporations are doing the same. If they have nothing to hide, why do they care?
With the Illinois legislature poised to consider a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago's Cardinal George insists that same-sex marriage is incompatible with "nature." One might just as easily the same about celibacy.
Thursday, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce released a remarkably rosy sounding report, speculating on the impacts that fracking might have on Illinois. Having a look at the report, I was disappointed to find that it's not really all that comprehensive.
Under current law, if a servicewoman becomes pregnant as a result of sexual assault and chooses abortion, her military health insurance will not cover it. As a combat veteran and newly elected member of the House of Representatives, I ask Congress to repeal this discriminatory ban.
Christmas came 17 days early for Linda Kennedy. Sitting in Section 2, Row F of the $40 million Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas on December 8, the grandmother of four who lives in Rockford, Illinois, got more than a terrific show from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Assuming the State House of Representatives and Governor Quinn sign off, Illinois will be the beneficiary of a great public policy that will improve public safety for all: issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.