I believe every person should be able to visit a doctor regularly, get medical help when they’re sick, not worry about bankruptcy because of a medical emergency or chronic illness, and afford their medications without needing to choose whether they will pay for their prescriptions or feed th…
Taylorville Republican Rodney Davis represents the 13th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
'I worry that these latest betrayals of trust will lead another generation to conclude that our world will forever remain neither just nor fair if you are born Black. I do not want senseless deaths to be further compounded by a wholesale theft of hope and optimism.'
Due process is not the strong suit of mobs. Neither is nuance, open discussion or disagreement. These inherent defects should be painfully obvious as mobs pull down statues, seize sections of cities and demand the public approach them on bended knee, literally.
My first baseball glove was orange. My dad had exchanged several books filled with S&H Green Stamps to obtain this horrible instrument of futility.
Initial review and thoughtful application of statutes that have long been on the books might easily address almost any concern regarding pretrial release of defendants who are without the means to post cash bail.
A former Champaign pastor asks: ‘Why aren’t we (who are white) asking our Black sisters and brothers to be at the center of figuring out ways to repair our unjust, unfair and broken systems?’
'I challenge the system to think on how long you could tolerate humiliation, murder, intimidation and the instant criminalization of your existence before your anger boils over like a roman candle. Don’t you think 400 years is long enough?'
After 20-plus years on the bench in Champaign County, the Hon. Heidi Ladd will hang up her robe on Wednesday. On the eve of her retirement, a mentee from St. Joseph reflects on Ladd's legacy.
My mom wanted to go to college to become a journalist. She skipped fourth grade, was a straight-A student and a diligent worker, and undoubtedly would have excelled at college.
'I am Black. I am educated. I listen to gospel music and jazz. I love my people and my culture. I am not better than my brothers and sisters who are different from me yet share the same skin.'
'How long have they asked for a living wage, universal health care and affordable housing? How long have they been talking about reforming the criminal-justice system in its entirety? How many Black Lives Matter moments have we had in the past five years alone?'
'The assaults on our communities are daily affairs. They did not begin with George Floyd, or Trayvon Martin, or even Emmett Till. We have been speaking these truths over a century, often to deaf ears.'
Ellen and Lowell Mennenga of Savoy, who founded Robb’s Odyssey in memory of their late son, "share Robb’s story not only as a means of keeping his memory alive, but because it helps us combat prevailing addiction stigmas that prevent so many from coming forward to seek help and support."
This story starts when I was a teenager back in the late ’30s. My family lived in a small town in the northern part of Illinois called Lena, where Pa was the foreman on the Illinois Central Railroad.
'When you are a child in America and Black, you just notice that you are different. You believe yourself to be different because you are being differentiated — but you don’t understand that yet. You just see all of the Black kids sitting together in the cafeteria.'
'I ask of only one thing from those currently protesting. Keep organizing and keep protesting. Keep demanding equality and a seat at the table. Know that if you are not at the table, you are on the menu.'
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The recent passing of two prominent local citizens evoked appropriate media tributes, but Rudy Frasca and Roy Van Buskirk led such admirable lives that commemorations will never do them justice — this one included.
'I love everything about us — our humor, our intelligence, the ways we speak among each other, the ways we laugh through the pain, the way we love church and traditions, our kindness, the way we season our food.'
'My refusal to march is my small way of dissenting. I know that if I give my energy for protest, I will not have much left to focus on love, peace and healing. So, I stay planted.'
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'Watching what happened to George Floyd on national television is the last straw. It was like watching my son being killed and crying out for me — Mama.'
'As I hold back the teardrops from my eyes, I find myself pondering why so many white police officers, white men, feel a need to kill or use excessive or deadly force on unarmed black men and not feel any remorse or face any accountability for their actions.'