Dan Corkery: Online comments: A forum or a wasteland?

A letter writer last week shared her opinion about comments on

"Did the police ask you to do this or did you come to the decision of censorship all on your own?"

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Rauner purges his inner circle


In the end, Mike "Z" Zolnierowicz had only one choice. Gov. Bruce Rauner's top political lieutenant, the man everyone calls "Z" who was most responsible for winning the 2014 Republican primary and the governor's former state chief of staff, simply had to resign late in the afternoon on Friday, July 14th.

Jim Dey: State aid to local schools next showdown

While Democratic legislative leaders continue to play keep-away, Gov. Bruce Rauner has stepped up efforts to encourage them to send him a school finance reform bill in time for all the state's K-12 schools to open time next month.

George Will: Wild blue yonder ain't what it used to be

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force's aging fleet: The youngest B-52 entered service in 1962.

Jim Dey: Big dogs fight, again ... with schools at risk

The backstage game of cat-and-mouse over a proposed new K-12 school funding legislation — and fall school openings — went public Monday when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner urged legislative Democrats to stop sitting on the bill.

"Send me that education funding bill now," Rauner said. "Today."

George Will: Congress won't act on war responsibilities

WASHINGTON — Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation's second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone attack that killed three terrorists.

Scott Reeder: Illinois could learn from Lone Star State

LEAGUE CITY, Texas — I was in Texas last month doing some reporting and I was a bit bemused that its legislature was enmeshed in a budget predicament of its own.

Lawmakers there were pondering whether to dip into the state's $12 billion "rainy day fund" to help balance the state's budget.

Austin Berg: After historic tax hike, the real pain begins


The infamous budget impasse is over. But rather than rejoice, Illinoisans should recoil.

The pain that washed over Illinois' most vulnerable residents as the state stiffed service providers for more than two years won't recede for long. High tide will come again. And the levees are still busted.

First, take the tax hikes.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Hostile corporate takeover in Springfield


After Gov. Bruce Rauner hired Illinois Policy Institute president Kristina Rasmussen's as his new chief of staff, I reached out to one of the House Republicans who voted to override the governor's budget and tax hike vetoes. How was he feeling?