The Editorial Board

The Editorial Board

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.

Editorial | Everyone for president

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. But there are no guarantees.

Robust competition for a political office — no matter whether it's the city council or the U.S. Senate — is generally a good thing.

After all, the more the merrier; give the voters a choice; multiple voices foreshadow a vigorous debate and draw public attention to the issues.

Editorial | Another battle for fair maps

Some fights never get too old.

The good-government crowd in Illinois may receive regular beatings from status quo politicians, but it rarely gives us the fight for positive change.

Editorial | Barr makes a big splash

The U.S. Senate should move with dispatch to confirm a new attorney general.

William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, wrapped up his confirmation hearings last week before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and it's a virtual certainty he will be confirmed by the full Senate.

Editorial | Follow the money

Illinois can't keep spending dollars it doesn't have. Or can it?

A change in personalities at the top of the political ladder is always exciting, the public optimism associated with turnover usually representing a triumph of hope over experience.

Editorial | Will businesses buy what J.B. Pritzker sells?

The new governor will have his hands full trying to turn Illinois into an economic powerhouse.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker showed up at work Tuesday — his first full day on the job — ready to begin putting his stamp on Illinois.

He ran for office with a monstrously long list of policy proposals that he wants to put into effect.

Editorial | Pritzker's plan raises concerns

Being a man of means means Illinois' new governor has flexibility that others do not.

J.B. Pritzker hadn't even been sworn into office yet, when he became ensnared in a mini-controversy involving his effort to attract talented people to work in his administration.