Apr 12, 2016 Editorials
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley is nobody's fear-mongering right-winger. He's a liberal Democrat — smart, practical, prudent — whose district roams from Chicago's North Side west into DuPage County. Many of his fellow congressional Democrats don't like to talk much at all about terror threats; they think doing so is bad for the Obama administration's image. They leave the terror talk to Republicans.
Mar 22, 2016 Editorials
“I look with increasing horror, along with a growing number of other Americans, at the great and bitter division that is taking place in our politics, and the cynicism that is the end result of power for power’s sake. We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.”
Mar 22, 2016 Editorials
In America, most of us are lucky enough to take our clean drinking water for granted. We think of contaminated drinking water as a problem that happens to other people in remote parts of the world. However, the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, has forced us to recognize that these problems can also crop up close to home. As we celebrate World Water Day today, let's consider the threat our aging water infrastructure poses to our clean drinking water right here at home, and what we can do about it.
Mar 1, 2016 Editorials
We were pleased, but not surprised, to learn this week that the Illinois Supreme Court declared its four-year pilot program allowing media cameras into courtrooms around the state a success. As national leaders on this issue, we have been pushing the U.S. Supreme Court to allow video and live-audio, improving transparency and justice for all.
Feb 5, 2016 Editorials
Over the last 15 years, more than 1.16 million illegal attempts to buy guns were flagged and stopped by the current federal background check system – usually because the person trying to buy the gun was a convicted felon.
Feb 2, 2016 Editorials
Last week, we saw a monstrous winter storm that brought most of the East Coast to a grinding halt. More than 80 million Americans were impacted and eleven states declared a state of emergency. While we know that weather and climate are not one in the same, the recent blizzard elucidates a trend that has been emerging for some time — climate change is rapidly altering the world around us, contributing to higher temperatures, changing seasonal patterns, and the loss of habitats and species.
Jan 22, 2016 Editorials
Today, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade turns forty-three years old. For forty-three years, the Supreme Court has upheld their decision that a woman's constitutional right to privacy also protects her right to make personal health care decisions about abortion. And, for forty-three years, women have had the constitutional right to access abortion services without government interference. After the unprecedented attacks this past year on Planned Parenthood and reproductive health broadly, it is perhaps more important than ever to wish Roe a resounding happy birthday.
Jan 20, 2016 Editorials
The deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have opened up a new front in our war against the Islamic State group, exposing vulnerabilities that Congress has a responsibility to respond to both at home and abroad. In these trying times, Congress needs to provide leadership and answer the question: What really keeps Americans safe?
Dec 28, 2015 Editorials
In any legislation as wide ranging as the recently passed $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, there will always be a need for compromise. I chose to support the omnibus because it will provide much needed federal funding for my constituents in Illinois’ Fifth District, especially in the areas of transportation, public safety, and environmental protections. However, I am extremely disappointed in the so-called “pro-life protections” of the omnibus that some in Congress have touted, including slashing UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, by seven percent, or $2.5 million.
Dec 8, 2015 Editorials
Wednesday afternoon, Americans witnessed the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, this time in San Bernardino, California. It happened to be the second mass shooting of the day and the 355th of the year – equating to more mass shootings than days in the year.