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A Hoosier on the hustings?

WASHINGTON — Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum.

Jim Dey: Ex-union official goes to court over pension

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.

Rauner's State of the State set right tone

Calling for a new partnership in Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner set a constructive, cooperative, problem-solving tone in his maiden speech last Wednesday to a legislature in which more than three-fifths of the members are Democrats.

Jim Dey: From private sector to public pension

Hear more from Dey Thursday at 9 on WDWS.

Dan Corkery: In the bag

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.

Jim Dey: Taking aim at school funding formula once again

Hear more from Dey Thursday at 9 on WDWS.

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.

John Foreman: Dodds site makes the most sense

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.

Prediction: Rauner will back tax hikes

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.

Education is business of the states

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.

Jim Dey: Taser vote shows split among Democrats

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They pleaded. They cried. They threatened. And ultimately, they failed.