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May 17, 2010
What’s stinkier than a poopy diaper, bigger than a pile of laundry, deeper than a sink full of dirty dishes? It’s the Illinois budget mess and it’s growing by the minute. In fact, the fiscal woes we’re facing here in the Land of Lincoln are said to be among the worst in the nation. But, what’s even more worrisome is the fact that members of our General Assembly can’t seem to reach consensus on a substantive plan for addressing the state’s mounting money problems. Meanwhile, the crisis is crippling everything from local schools to the vital social services that countless families depend on...
July 22, 2009
Embracing his daughters, walking hand-in-hand to a Halloween party, attending parent-teacher conferences, soccer games and dance recitals -- these are the images of President Barack Obama that have most captured my heart and imagination. I confess, this mom has a sentimental side. But, the real reason these pictures resonate so deeply for me is that they hold the promise of what a nation that invests in parenting could achieve. Back in 1994, then President Clinton signed into law a resolution establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents' Day. While it hasn't gotten the "Hallmark"...
November 10, 2008
“Rosa sat, so Martin could walk. Martin walked, so Obama could run. Obama [ran], so our children can fly.”
June 10, 2008
The moment my now 10-year-old daughter started kindergarten, I knew that school schedules were a missing piece of the work/family puzzle. From the assemblies at 11:00 a.m. that only a handful of parents can attend to the countless days when children are off or released early from school, sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re living in the 21st century.