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Beyond the Rhetoric By Harry C. Alford & Kay DeBow I fell in love with the sport of football as a young boy (four years old). My father bought me a football uniform for Christmas. Of course, it was a Los Angeles Rams uniform. We would attend most of the Rams...
By Julianne Malveaux When a seventeen-year-old white boy walks down the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, with a loaded automatic weapon, he is cheered and thanked by the police and offered a water bottle. No matter that he’d killed two people and wounded another. His attorney says it was self-defense, and...

We salute the worker

The iron worker, the truck driver, the teacher, the waitress, the drill press operator, the superintendent, the carpenter, the nurse, the phlebotomist, the social worker or workforce development specialist. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law establishing the first Monday in September of each year as a...
By Larry Ivory Despite there being 144,000 Black-owned businesses in Illinois that generate millions in taxable revenue for the state, Black businesses continue to be overlooked and undervalued by the State of Illinois. The disparity in State spending across all industries, with Black-owned companies is unacceptable. That’s why the Illinois...

Why were newspapers excluded?

By Sam R. Fisher President & CEO Illinois Press Association Gov. JB Pritzker hired a lot of expert talent to guide his new $5 million “It Only Works if You Wear It” campaign to encourage Illinoisans to wear a mask. But the campaign apparently isn’t spending a dime on print advertising in...
Beyond the Rhetoric 1001 By Harry C. Alford III The ROI of good writing will be higher than people realize in the post-COVID-19 world. Being a good writer can ease the gaps in asynchronous communication. But to effectively communicate within your remote team you must learn to write for yourself first. When...
By Melissa Conyears-Ervin It is what it is… 100 years ago, the voting polls saw women cast their votes for the first time. Women who look like me were forced to wait another 45 years to exercise their right to vote. Now, our country just made another shift in the narrative...
By Charlene Crowell As the nation’s double dose of health and economic crises continue, many consumers believe that federal assistance to make ends meet has virtually disappeared. The $600 weekly federal supplement to augment state unemployment benefits expired July 31, and the Paycheck Protection Program again stopped accepting applications on August 8. A...

She Will Answer

By Amelia Ashley-Ward Publisher I reached out to congratulate my friend Kamala Harris shortly after she accepted the nomination to become the Democratic Party’s candidate for Vice President of the United States of America. She is, in fact, the first African-American woman to be selected to be Vice President by any...

GET YOUR BALLOT NOW

By Julianne Malveaux What would you do if somebody walked by your house and promised to rob it the next day? Most of us would take every precaution, checking the locks, the doors and the windows. Some of us might weapon up, making sure we could defend our homestead. Some...