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Austin Berg: Tax freeze won't save homeowners already underwater

By AUSTIN BERG

Imagine your boat has sprung a leak. You're adrift. You're frightened. You bail water, frantically. The hole is growing larger.

But one other passenger is on board. He seems confident.

"I have a solution," he says with gusto. "I will guarantee the size of this hole stays the same."

You stare at him blankly.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Springfield impasse: Illinois gets nothing

By RICH MILLER

House Speaker Michael Madigan was his usual self during the final week of the General Assembly's spring session, passing bills to make one point or another, but not actually accomplishing anything.

Scott Reeder: Raising Illinois taxes not a good idea

SPRINGFIELD — Both Republicans and Democrats in Springfield are making noise about raising our taxes, and that just makes me plain nervous.

A tax hike just isn't the fiscal salve needed to stave the state's financial woes.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: White supremacists are on a rampage

Since the murder of Trayvon Martin, most chroniclers of U.S. race struggles have focused on the resurgence of black militancy. In these works, blacks' response in Ferguson becomes the flashpoint launching a renewed liberation movement. Carol Anderson, a historian and chair of African-American Studies at Emory University has taken a different approach.

Dan Corkery: ICYMI: Mastering the Twitterverse

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary, when are you going to learn?

Recode is where you mounted your defense last week? Where you tried to salvage your reputation? Where you pitched your next book?

As a technology-news website, Recode is an also-ran, trailing CNet, Gizmodo, The Verge and others.

George Will: Public broadcasting: Needless yet seemingly immortal

WASHINGTON — As changing technologies and preferences make government-funded broadcasting increasingly preposterous, such broadcasting actually becomes useful by illustrating two dismal facts. One is the immortality of entitlements that especially benefit those among society's articulate upper reaches who feel entitled.

Jim Dey: 'Gay panic' claims make for good headlines, not good law

Law doesn't mix well with politics. But politics sure mixes well with law.

Translated, that means passing legislation can go a long way toward winning favor with special-interest groups even if the law that's passed doesn't amount to much.

Jim Dey: Lawyer is a slugger in war on bad rules

Wearing glasses, a suit and scholarly demeanor, Jacob Huebert comes across as an unlikely warrior in the fight for freedom.

Indeed, he looks more like a law professor — which he once was — than a guy looking for trouble.

But show him some people being pushed around by government bureaucrats enforcing pointless rules, and he's ready for battle.

Jim Dey: Curious court rulings highlight Northwestern 'innocence' case

Talk about a hot legal and political potato.

Now it's the state courts that can't quite figure out how to handle the scandal growing out of the phony crusade by Northwestern University journalism students that freed a guilty man from prison and replaced him there with an innocent one.

George Will: How to restore American self-reliance

WASHINGTON — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York's scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting.