Remembering Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

Today, July 12, marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, known best for chronicling his experiment in simple and self-sufficient living in Walden. Less remembered, however, is that while living at Walden Pond, he gave an 1848 lecture on “Resistance to Civil Government”— since published as Civil Disobedience—which had More...

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By Guest Poster On Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Do Schools Really Need More Money?

Image credit: ajari from Japan                                    CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons A common chorus of if/then statements dominates most contemporary discussions of education reform: More...

By Guest Poster On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Illinoisans are still waiting for their independence

More than 240 years ago, a group of individuals decided to stand up against a far-off king who taxed them without recourse. Americans honor their efforts each year on Independence Day. But the Illinois General Assembly More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Illinois Policy Editorial Cartoons for the Week of June 11-17, 2017

Editorial cartoons from this past week from Illinois Policy Institute cartoonist Eric Allie:                                                      More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

With Sessions’ sentencing change, it’s time to end secrecy around private prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced new guidelines ( that will result in a significant increase in the prison population, directing federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties More...

By Jake Leonard On Monday, June 5th, 2017

UNACCEPTABLE: A Commentary From The Editor’s Desk

The following is an Editorial Commentary. UNACCEPTABLE – the singular word that perfectly describes and sums up the pain, dysfunction and instability politicians in Springfield have inflicted on Illinoisans More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Flow of Illinoisans into Indiana is becoming a flood (Illinois Policy)

The following was previously published on the Illinois Policy Institute website. Madelyn Harwood Illinois loses more people to Indiana than it loses to any other surrounding state. And migration data from recent More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Commentary: 4 reasons Illinois can’t weather another tax increase

Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, is seen on a television monitor speaking in the governor’s office at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Rauner More...

By Associated Press On Friday, February 3rd, 2017

AP Commentary: Why Australia-US refugee deal is contentious

FILE – In this May 12, 2013, file photo, Iranian refugees who were caught in Indonesian waters while sailing to Australia sit on a boat at Benoa port in Bali, Indonesia. Amid the drama over a refugee resettlement More...

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