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Consider right-to-work laws

Wil Gradle

February 15, 2017

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Illinois is now a sinking ship in the middle of a sea of right-to-work jobs just over state lines. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, every state that borders Illinois has right-to-work legislations enacted. Itâ€...

Don’t ask for extra credit

Benjamin Paul Meyers

February 15, 2017

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In nearly every class I have taken there has always been at least one person who asks the question, “Is there extra credit in this class?” Whether it is during the first week of classes, in the middle of the semester, or ...

Dakota Access will persist

Riley Addington

February 15, 2017

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A couple weeks ago I wrote an article about the connections that President Donald Trump has to the development and proposed use of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Specifically, Trump had money invested into Energy Transfer Partners, but...

Trump shows a populist streak

Courtney Dalton

February 15, 2017

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Since this year’s election, we have all been trying to find the right word to describe President Donald Trump. Is he an oligarch? An authoritarian? A demagogue? An entitled white man seeking more power and money for his own p...

DeVos doesn’t represent students

Lindsey Hecox

February 8, 2017

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Monday afternoon, a smiling Vice President Mike Pence broke a Senate tie, confirming Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Secretary of Education in a 51-50 vote. Given that two Republicans broke part lines, and the contentious nature of DeV...

Hypocrisy is never justifiable

Joshua Defibaugh

February 8, 2017

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In August of 2014, President Barack Obama delivered a statement to White House reporters about the growing threat of the Islamic State in the Middle East. The event was nothing spectacular. Obama, poised and professional as ever, deli...

Stress can only hurt students

Jason Adams

February 6, 2017

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While the beginning of a semester usually brings excitement and the joy of seeing old friends and learning in new classes, stress is always right around the corner. Midterms and papers always come faster than we expect, and a...

Gorsuch can replace Scalia

Patrick Quinlan

February 6, 2017

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Swirling within the controversy of the first few weeks of the Donald Trump’s presidency, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has seen an abundance of condemnation from many on the American left, some revolving aro...

Munger is right for Illinois

Brady Smith

February 6, 2017

Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s announcement came on Friday of his appointment of former Illinois Comptroller, Leslie Munger, to the position of Deputy Governor The current Deputy Governor, Trey Childress, will have his workload eased by the ...

Consider the NFL’s history

Joshua Defibaugh

February 3, 2017

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In just a few days, one sports team will face another team in a highly-televised event. There will be both comical and dramatic advertisements that production companies have spent months and tens of millions of dollars writing, film...

Gorsuch is the right choice

Benjamin Paul Meyers

February 3, 2017

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This past Tuesday, President Donald Trump nominated Neil McGill Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacant seat of the late Antonin Scalia. However, before Judge Gorsuch can take his ...

Know the truth about prisons

Courtney Dalton

February 3, 2017

Filed under Opinions

A new presidential administration brings new ideas, plans and action to the White House. While this election has resulted in a very unlikely man assuming the position of president, this has not changed the fact that we will see n...

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