Jim Bowman grew up in Oak Park and he and his wife raised their six children here. He covered religion for the Chicago Daily News 1968-78 and since then has operated independently as writer and editor. He blogs at www.oakparknewspapers.com and elsewhere.
State Sen. Don Harmon's optimism at the Business and Civic Council's Carleton Hotel session on June 28 has been noted. More can be said. He protested "sky [is] falling" rhetoric about Illinois' pension problem and praised the legislature for having "cut government to the bone."