With the General Assembly back in session, the subject of taxation stands near the top of its agenda.
Actually, there are two tax issues, and, this being an election year, a schizophrenic attitude surrounds both — hurry up on one and wait-a-minute on the other.
CHICAGO — Farewell CNN Latino, which I never once watched.
The Spanish-language programming, which aired in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and other top Hispanic markets, is ceasing this month after failing to meet "business expectations," according to a spokesman.
When former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter testified this week in favor of unionization for major college athletes, he was calling a classic misdirection play — trying to persuade the defense he was going left when he's really headed right.
WASHINGTON — This year's most important election will not occur in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important election, crucial to an entire region's economic well-being and to the balance of the nation's political competition, has already occurred.
CHICAGO — As a high-school algebra teacher, the most common question I got from students was: "Why do we have to learn this? When will it ever matter?"
I had to answer this same question in a "Methods of Teaching Math" class during my teacher-training program in which a declaration of love for math was seen as bizarre.
WASHINGTON — Groundhog Day isn't just a movie.
Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it's high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a "ruthless" first lady.
State legislators quiver in fear when they confront tough issues in an election year. So state Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from the Macoupin County community of Bunker Hill, recently shook the state's political landscape by releasing a bipartisan report calling for dramatic changes aimed at correcting inequities in state school funding.
WASHINGTON — Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans' reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America's economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a dismal future only Democrats can relish: government growing in order to allocate scarce opportunity.
Let me see if I got this straight .
A couple of weeks ago, a half-dozen spoiled college kids reached a fit of pique over being required to go to school in bad weather. They vented over the Internet with crude, juvenile remarks. Alcohol may have been involved.
CHICAGO — Only in America.
In a new documentary film, "Las Marthas," director Cristina Ibarra introduces viewers of PBS' "Independent Lens" series to the quirky custom of celebrating George Washington's birthday in Laredo, Texas.