WASHINGTON — Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum.
Former Gov. Pat Quinn and legislators were filled with self-congratulations on Jan. 2, 2012, when Quinn signed a bill designed to block non-government employees from jumping aboard the public pension gravy train.
When the snow melts, there will still be white patches dotting the farmland north of Champaign.
What you see are the flimsy plastic bags that once carried merchandise and food from stores along the city's massive retail district on North Prospect Avenue.
Cleaning up someone else's litter is a nuisance most of us are familiar with.
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Nobody wants to live in Loserville.
That's why state Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, revised his legislation to rewrite the state's K-12 school funding formula by addressing both equity — who needs help the most — and adequacy — how much schools get.
Let's all agree on this: There ought to be a better solution to satisfy Champaign's need for a high school.
The need, after all, isn't really in dispute. Champaign Central is an aging, crowded and landlocked edifice. Centennial, its younger sister, could use space and a spruce up. Dr. Howard, the elementary school joining those two on a spring referendum ballot, is beyond hope.
As per statutory requirement, the 2011 temporary Illinois individual income tax rate has been rolled back, as of Jan. 1, from 5 percent to 3.75 percent, which Gov. Bruce Rauner espoused emphatically during his 2014 campaign.
Nevertheless, I predict that Rauner will ultimately support increasing taxes during his first year in office in order to craft a balanced state budget.
WASHINGTON — In 1981, Tennessee's 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid and the states would have complete responsibility for primary and secondary education. Reagan, a former governor, was receptive.