The Editorial Board

The Editorial Board

Editorial | New tax rates already in place

There are two ways to look at the governor's higher tax rates in waiting.

Amid all the discussion of some 300 new laws passed by the General Assembly, the people of Illinois may have overlooked one of the most important, both in terms of substance and symbolism.

Editorial | Teachers spike pension ball

Our legislators continue to fiddle while Rome burns.

With Illinois' public-pension systems buckling under the weight of many, many billions of dollars in debt, one would think the last thing our legislators would do is add to that monumental problem.

One would be wrong.

Editorial | State bets big on more gambling

Illinois needs many things. Are more opportunities to gamble one of them?

The deed — a massive expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois — is done. Its ramifications remain to be determined.

Editorial | Brainiacs rule

Uni High School students made a name for themselves at a national quiz-bowl competition in Atlanta.

It's no surprise that students from Uni High School in Urbana are aces in the brain game.

But, whether it comes out of the blue or not, it's important to recognize excellence no matter the endeavor.

Editorial | Rantoul deal falls through

A California businessman is no longer pursuing an agreement to buy some of the former Chanute structures, but other parties are showing interest.

The village of Rantoul thought — and hoped — it had a deal to sell a handful of buildings at the old Chanute Air Force Base.

Editorial | Rhetoric vs. reality?

The recent legislative session was historic — but in a good or bad way?

Gov. J.B. Pritzker could hardly wait to take a victory lap when the House and Senate adjourned their recent session after passing a slew of Pritzker-proposed measures.

Editorial | Conflicting views on state coffers

Illinois' increasingly precarious financial situation doesn't seem to be making muchof an impression in Springfield.

Two pieces of news were made last week that, at least on their face, might seem to have nothing in common, but in fact go hand in hand.

Editorial | Marijuana bill is on the move

Illinois is halfway to making history on the drug scene — legalization of marijuana.

Throwing caution to the wind, members of the state Senate voted Wednesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. With the House now scheduled to take up the matter — and expected to approve it — Illinois could soon become the 10th state to give its legal OK to the drug.

Editorial | Coal-ash cleanup bill goes to governor

The environment may sometimes be costly to clean up. But it's cheaper than the alternative.

Efforts to clean up toxic coal-ash pits advanced this week when proposed legislation addressing the problem was sent for signing to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Editorial | Stage is set on progressive tax

Illinois voters face a momentous decision next year.

It's official. After all the posturing, preening and political gamesmanship, the Illinois House has joined the Senate to put a ground-breaking constitutional amendment on the November 2020 ballot.