Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Illinois governor sues to protect state workers from 'fair share' union dues

Government
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/24/15, 02:00 pm

February weather across the Midwest may be frigid, but the current stand-off between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s public sector unions has reached the boiling point.

At stake is the newly elected governor’s proposal to end a requirement that Illinois state workers pay union dues regardless of whether or not they wish to join the union. Rauner argues it is past time to end decades of union political leverage and corruption. In his recent State of the State speech, Rauner also named the unions as unwelcome contributors to the state’s budget problems. 

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Are today's students working too hard?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/19/15, 04:05 pm

Today’s high school seniors party less and study more than their parents did. Most moms and dads might not think that’s a problem, but their kids do. According to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) annual survey of college freshman, students say they’re overworked and stressed out.

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Mississippi and West Virginia maintain country's strictest vaccination laws

Health
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/13/15, 10:38 am

Vaccine-wary parents in Mississippi and West Virginia must continue to comply with mandatory immunization rules for their children to be eligible to attend both public and private schools. Lawmakers in both states rejected legislation last week that would have introduced a religious exemption into their current laws.

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