Opinion Editor, Daily Herald
Opinion editor for the Daily Herald, the voice of Chicago's suburbs. I also run, write fiction, read & wrestle with the three greatest sons any man could have.
dailyherald.com — Your Community News & Weather loading... Article posted: 5/23/2013 5:00 AM Analysis of the 2011 legislative cartography that may have ensured a decade of virtual one-party rule in Illinois is an exercise in both dark humor and futility.
dailyherald.com — A pedestrian bridge at Higgins Road and I-290/Route 53 near Schaumburg has been planned for years, but unfortunately it didn't come before a cyclist's death last week. Work on the bridge begins soon, but that intersection should be made safer immediately, a Daily Herald editorial says.
dailyherald.com — Your Community News & Weather loading... Article posted: 5/15/2013 9:13 AM We are long past expressing disappointment over President Barack Obama's unfulfilled first-term promise that his administration would be the most open and accessible in history.
dailyherald.com — Guest columnist Tom Morrison: With state Rep. Jeanne Ives, I've introduced House Bill 3303 that provides a clear path to modernize our pension systems by moving to a defined contribution plan. Private and public entities have embraced these plans because they are sustainable and better guarantee retirement security for all.
dailyherald.com — Guest columnist Cinda Klickna: Even SB 1's backers don't claim it will survive a court challenge. Their reaction is, "Let's find out." That irresponsible approach to public policy caused the mess that Illinois is dealing with now. We have to be smart and pass constitutional bills.
dailyherald.com — Guest Columnist Elaine Nekritz: We cannot stay on this path, and that is why SB 1 is so important. It will save us more than $1 billion in our immediate pension payment, cut about $30 billion off our massive unfunded debt of nearly $100 billion and, over the next 30 years, reduce more than $150 billion off what we pay for pensions.
dailyherald.com — Your Community News & Weather loading... Article posted: 5/12/2013 5:00 AM We arrive here, in the middle of May, with momentum building for real public pension reform but still with it being anyone's guess whether anything meaningful will happen. The Illinois House has passed one plan. The Illinois Senate has passed another.
dailyherald.com — Your Community News & Weather loading... Article posted: 5/10/2013 8:05 AM The Des Plaines River has receded, the cleanup goes on. And while the shouting has stopped, there is still anger and hurt in Des Plaines, where many people are convinced that Mount Prospect worsened the flooding they endured by adjusting a levee to protect its own residents.
dailyherald.com — Your Community News & Weather loading... Article posted: 5/9/2013 12:01 PM The state is in the grip of a much more expensive debate - choosing between two pension-cutting plans that could save between $45 billion to as much as $150 billion - but in the midst of a financial quagmire, saving even just millions of dollars should not be scoffed at.
dailyherald.com — Your Community News & Weather loading... Article posted: 5/8/2013 7:39 AM For years, Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross has emphasized the importance of requiring all parties to the Illinois pension crisis to have some "skin in the game."
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