Go ahead, do something; but it won't solve problem

WASHINGTON — The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration's push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown.

New approach on suspensions

Getting kids on the wrong track on the right track is a problem that has bedeviled educators for generations.

Champaign school officials appear to be on the verge of trying a new approach to handling students who chronically misbehave in school and face out-of-school suspensions.

Hold elections when people vote

What if we held an election and nobody came? Last Tuesday's turnout shows it's more of a possibility than you might think.

On Tuesday, the voter non-turnout in Champaign County exceeded 87 percent. Just 14,467 voters (12.8 percent of those registered) bothered to cast ballots. Voter turnout in November 2012 was 69.9 percent, according to the Champaign County Clerk's office.

Legislative tricks on gambling

Legislation expanding gambling in Illinois shouldn't be hard to draft or pass. The fact that legislators can't do it raises questions about their motivation.

If there was any doubt left that Gov. Pat Quinn is all that stands between the people and another bad gambling expansion bill, it's dispelled by the details of the General Assembly's third effort to pass one.

Thatcher was the cure for what ailed Britain

WASHINGTON — She had the eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe. So said Francois Mitterrand, the last serious socialist to lead a major European nation, speaking of Margaret Thatcher, who helped bury socialism as a doctrine of governance.

Medicaid needs 'scrubbing'

An initial audit of Medicaid spending shows widespread abuse of taxpayer dollars.

Here's what passes as reform in Illinois.

Last summer, Gov. Pat Quinn and state legislators reached a negotiated agreement on a series of changes to Illinois' hugely expensive Medicaid program that were estimated to save $1.6 billion.

The Iron Lady

A grocer's daughter who was elected to three terms as prime minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher restored her country to an honored place on the world stage.

State's FOIA needs more bite

Willful evasions of the public's right to know how their government operates cannot be tolerated.

If all public officials in Illinois recognized their obligation to share information with taxpayers, the General Assembly wouldn't have needed to pass a Freedom of Information Act.

Winds of war?

North Korea has always been an accident waiting to happen, and now even more so.

Even by the standards of the Hermit Kingdom, the pro-war rhetoric coming out of North Korea is over the top.

A balancing act

Gov. Pat Quinn has again drawn the ire of a public employees' union.

Management and labor go together like love and marriage. But for too long in Illinois, state government has been almost all labor and very little management.

Over the weekend, Gov. Quinn signed legislation to restore that balance, and he ought to enforce it in an aggressive manner.