"If there’s one thing I’ve noticed during my time in elected office, it’s that everyone has their own concerns and priorities about what their government needs to do better. Some people focus on crime levels while other people complain about taxes. But if you talk to them long enough, nearly everyone, especially parents and grandparents, bring up their concerns about schools. Everyone agrees that we need good schools to prepare our younger generations so they can lead successful lives. Without a doubt, one of the biggest issues facing our schools is the shortage of good, qualified teachers. [Read more...]
With their industry under assault, oil and gas workers are being assured they can simply transition to renewable energy jobs. John Kerry even recently quipped that oil and gas workers “can be the people who go to work to make solar panels.” Easy peasy, apparently.
So why is this “just transition” narrative being met with deep skepticism and even anger from oil and gas workers? Because the notion that a simple “transition” to jobs that typically pay less – or don’t even exist at all – is as misguided as the belief we can quickly pivot to 100 percent renewable energy. [Read more...]
By Seth Whitehead, Executive Director – Illinois Petroleum Resources Board
As the United States re-enters the Paris Agreement and President Biden follows through on promises to implement policies aimed at decreasing domestic oil and natural gas production, it is important to reflect on where the United States currently stands with regard to emissions reductions and the country’s long-sought goal of energy independence. [Read more...]
The Villagers’ Voice recently received this email from a young man in Austria:
"My name is Christian or Chris. I'm from Austria, a tiny country in the middle of Europe. Im writing you because maybe you can help me in a long long search and since you are writing for a newspaper, maybe you find my story interesting. First things first, why I’m even writing you? [Read more...]
As I see it we can continue with the status quo of irrelevance in Illinois, or we can strike a new path focused on being the party of working people of all types. For too long we’ve been too focused on the elites and the well-off, but the last four-years showed the Republican Party is the party of hard-working Americans. [Read more...]
This is a column Rich wrote in 2019. We are republishing it in light of current events.
By now, most of you have probably heard that the Chinese government and Google have teamed up to develop a “social credit system” for the individual Chinese citizen. This Social Credit System is expected to be fully operational by 2020. If you do or say anything that the Chinese communist government thinks is unsuitable, you will be assigned “negative” points.
By Mike and Valinda Rowe
With all the ugliness we are witnessing in this election cycle, there has been one race that stands out to us. It is the election of the Illinois Supreme Court Judge in southern IL. This race has two candidates, Republican David Overstreet and Democrat Judy Cates. Valinda and I have been intimately involved in several gun rights judicial cases over the years including the cases that did away with the handgun ownership ban in Chicago and the case that ultimately forced the General Assembly to pass concealed carry. [Read more...]
By Seth Whitehead
“Keep It In the Ground” activist groups continue to aggressively pressure lawmakers at the state and national level to mandate a rapid transition to 100 percent renewable electricity generation and an all-electric vehicle fleet. Intermittent wind and solar power are the centerpieces of this agenda, while traditional sources of energy such as oil and natural gas would supposedly be phased out completely. [Read more...]