Bill Knight

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Bill Knight – March 28
10:39 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Holding Accountable All Levels of Government

Bill Knight

A couple of weeks ago a couple of harbingers of Spring came and went, and each acknowledges how we depend on sunshine.

One was Daylight Savings Time, letting us think about spring and more sunlight, and the other was “Sunshine Week,” a time to promote and praise transparency in government: open government.

Effective representative government depends on transparency through open meetings, open records and public notices. If any of those three is absent, government collapses into secrecy and darkness.

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Bill Knight – March 21
11:04 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Proposals and Polls about Pension Reform

Bill Knight

Most Illinois House members recently backed a measure to limit the salary on which public employees’ retirement benefits could be based. One of a few proposals to address the state’s $96 billion pension shortfall, it was seen as a test vote as lawmakers grapple with some way to make good on years of the legislature failing to make its payments.

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Bill Knight – March 14
1:16 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Feds Take Note of Income Inequality

Bill Knight

Labor income “has been declining as a share of total income earned in the United States for the past three decades,” according to a new analysis on income inequality from an unlikely supporter of economic justice: the Federal Reserve, which adds, “The capital share, by stark contrast, has been increasing.

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Bill Knight – March 7
11:43 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Rural EMS Faces Challenges in Illinois

Bill Knight

Even if lawmakers may not always realize the consequences for rural areas if Emergency Medical Services troubles aren’t addressed, operations fold, and rural residents have to rely on help from bigger cities, State Rep. Don Moffitt appreciates how everyday people get it.

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Bill Knight – February 28
1:08 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Preventing Wage Theft in Illinois

Bill Knight
Credit Rich Egger

(Editor’s note: due to a technical glitch with this week’s recording, we are presenting an encore presentation of an earlier commentary by Bill Knight)

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