The Editorial Board

The Editorial Board

Editorial | Concerns in Wisconsin

The Foxconn Technology controversy puts the spotlight on taxpayer-funded subsidies for private-sector investments.

Companies make all kinds of decisions for all kinds of financial reasons.

What they do, mostly, is their business, except when they're the beneficiaries of generous taxpayer subsidies.

Editorial | Downsizing government

The committee on committees concluded it needed fewer committees.

When it comes to the Illinois General Assembly — Lord knows — there's not much good to say. After all, just look at the state the state is in.

But, just as when pigs fly, they deserve a round of applause, so, too, do our legislators deserve a thumbs-up when they make a good decision.

Editorial | Speech is back on

State of the Union addresses are part of the American political tradition.

Now that the federal government has been fully reopened, it's back to business as usual in Washington, D.C.

That means, among other things, that President Donald Trump, courtesy of an invitation from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will deliver the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Jim Dey | Who signs bill? Legislative maneuver raises question

On Jan. 17, three days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office, he signed into law a controversial gun-control measure that subjects firearms dealers in Illinois to new state licensing rules and regulations in addition to already existing federal rules.

Editorial | Fait accompli?

Cliches become cliches because they are true.

Elections, as they say, probably ad nauseam, have consequences.

Illinois Democrats won big in the November election, and they now hold all three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial.

Editorial | Trim the fat in Illinois

The governor should push for consolidation in local government to save taxpayers money.

New Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced an ambitious social-welfare agenda that involves larger amounts of spending. But he's also paid attention to the idea of boosting efficiencies in government that cut costs for taxpayers.

Editorial | Pension bonanza

Huge pensions make life after politics lush.

Former Democratic state Rep. Daniel Burke was unceremoniously tossed out of office last year by the residents of his increasingly Hispanic Chicago district.

But not to worry; Burke, like many politicians in Illinois, is enjoying a soft landing on a big pile of cash — courtesy of Chicago and Illinois taxpayers.

Editorial | Vacancy at Willard

With Gene Cossey on the way out, the search is on for an experienced airport manager.

The overseers of Willard Airport once again will have to find a new executive director following Gene Cossey's decision to accept a similar post at the Tri-Cities Airport in northeastern Tennessee.

Editorial | Violence continues

Is one shooting after another the new normal?

The stories of shootings in Champaign, Urbana and Danville are as tiresome as they are familiar.

One occurred Monday evening outside the Red Fox convenience store at 2000 N. Neil St., C.

Editorial | GOP is serious, if Pritzker is

If Illinois' new governor really wants to restore democracy to state legislative elections, he has some viable options.