Jun 2, 2012 Editorials
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Chicago, responded last week to a report by the Sunlight Foundation, an organization seeking more transparency and accountability in government, that "Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago." In wry defense of congressional speechifying, Quigley quoted Shakespeare and Homer Simpson, while also channeling the crisp speech of the man who previously held his seat, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Apr 25, 2012 Editorials
The revelation that the General Services Administration (GSA) spent more than $800,000 on a conference in Las Vegas is extremely troubling. We cannot afford $44 breakfasts or catered private parties in resort suites. While the price tag of this scandal is insulting, even worse is the GSA's brazen exploitation of the public's trust.
Feb 7, 2012 Editorials
On January 20th, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that most employers will need to cover contraception in their basic benefits packages. Bearing in mind the religious objections of some to contraception, the administration also included an exemption that will allow religious institutions that exist for religious purposes and primarily employ and serve those who share their religious values to opt out of providing contraception.
Nov 4, 2011 Editorials
President Barack Obama recently took a bold step to reduce the deficit, and he didn't have to cut infrastructure, education or health care to do it.
Jul 20, 2011 Editorials
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, delivered this speech in Congress on Tuesday:
Mar 21, 2011 Editorials
These days in Washington, we hear a lot about our porous borders. Border security is fundamental to national security; it’s true. But while there’s been an excess of hand-wringing about breaches on the southern side of the U.S.-Mexico border, there’s been precious little conversation about the public safety threat originating on the northern side.
Mar 14, 2011 Editorials
The horror of Tucson may be fading from the headlines, but gun violence in Chicago is as prevalent as ever. On any given weekend, a half-dozen Chicagoans lose their lives to guns.
Dec 3, 2010 Editorials
Anyone who has ever asked for directions knows you need two crucial pieces of information to get good results: a starting point and a destination. As the rhetoric swirls around our growing budget deficit, we seem to have forgotten the importance of this lesson. We can't possibly figure out how to get where we want to be if we can't agree on where we are now.
Oct 1, 2010 Editorials
It’s no secret that the United States faces a budget crisis.
May 11, 2010 Editorials
This summer, we’ll all have the regrettable opportunity to watch what is hopefully the finale of Rod Blagojevich’s celebrity circuit – his trial.