Guest Columns

Let’s save Hales Franciscan

I’m not just a legislator; I’m a Hyde Park resident and – most importantly – a father. Like any father, I’m deeply worried about the recent rash of gun violence in my neighborhood. At times in the past two months, gunfire has even been exchanged across from my house, along paths my own kids walk(…)

Votes show double standard

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) The state Senate took two very important actions last Wednesday. But when the votes were cast, some were steeped in hypocrisy. Illinois has a heroin problem. Even as the yearly death toll from overdoses has risen to the highest of any state, we’ve posted the largest decline in resources(…)

Planning requires everyone’s support

By ALD. PAT DOWELL (3RD) In a recent guest column (“City Owes CHA Residents What It Promised Them,” Hyde Park Herald, June 24, 2015), Jay Travis called for elected officials to “deliver on the promise” of replacing homes formerly located in Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) high-rises with affordable, new replacement units on the same land,(…)

City owes CHA residents what it promised them

By JAY TRAVIS It is possible to desire an increase in commercial development in the 3rd and 4th wards, and also expect the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and elected officials to honor the agreement to replace the percentage of public housing units promised in the CHA’s Plan for Transformation. It’s irresponsible to imply that a(…)

Budget is our first job as politicians

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The news reports from the state capital are confusing and complicated. It’s pretty clear that there’s an impasse between the legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner, between Democrats and Republicans. The impasse means that there is no budget in place for the next state budget year. The first and(…)

Bill to reform police in Illinois is important advance in moment of delays

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Most of the recent news coverage of Springfield has focused on the budget firestorm between Governor Rauner and the Democrats – and rightfully so. Passing a fair budget that protects our state, invests in our future and meets our financial obligations is the most important job of the legislature.(…)

Springfield bipartisanship is alive and well

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) Less than a month from operating without an agreed-upon budget, as vicious rhetorical attacks mount, Illinois state government causes many of us to wonder, “Why can’t they all get along?” And why put partisan bickering ahead of the public good? There’s another side to this story. At the end(…)

Why court was correct

By JAY TRAVIS On May 8, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court sided with public sector retirees and workers with a unanimous decision that ruled the pension law passed in 2013 unconstitutional. This court ruling honors the promises made to public sector workers and paves the way for a more collaborative process for reaching a solution(…)