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Dysfunctional government is the greatest threat to our future

   It seems these days we are beset and besieged by a host of difficult problems, both on the state and national level. One might, in fact, have a difficult time just choosing what our biggest challenge is. Consider the following.   Our economy is still not fully recovered from the Great Recession. Unemployment remains high…

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Q&A with Jay Rowell, Director, Illinois Dept. of Employment Security

IBJ: Since you became the ninth director of the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security in June 2011, you’ve been working hard to position IDES as an employment agency rather than an unemployment services office. How is that going? Rowell: We’re really remaking ourselves. It’s a challenge, but we’re making solid progress and we’re uniquely positioned…

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Human-Powered Vehicles Can Drive Meaningful Change

   Each year, at locations around the globe, teams of mechanical engineering students gather to demonstrate and race vehicles they have designed. The vehicles negotiate tight turns, slaloms, rough pavement and grocery stops. Peak speeds are often around 45 mph. The men and women designing and competing bring new ideas and innovations each year. And…

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POINT: PRESIDENT’S CLIMATE CHANGE PROPOSAL & COAL President has both duty and authority to act on climate change threat if Congress won’t

   It is getting harder and harder to ignore the freakish and downright dangerous weather swirling around every part of the globe, giving firm evidence that climate change is already making a mess of things for us all.   In addition to floods and droughts, it’s getting hotter, with last year standing as the hottest year…

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