ST. LOUIS — America's economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after seven and a half years, stimulating the economy "strains credulity," says James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
A year ago, I said that The News-Gazette was working to expand both the range of opinions on its Commentary pages and the number of people expressing those opinions.
Today, we are taking another step toward that goal.
Juvenile justice advocates continue to press for change in Illinois.
In late June, the General Assembly sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner legislation that would require that juveniles up to age 15 who are arrested in murder or sex cases have a lawyer present before they can be interrogated by police.
WASHINGTON — The report was so "seismic" — Daniel Patrick Moynihan's word — that Lyndon Johnson's administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and vested interests. And 50 years on, it is pertinent to today's political debates about class and social mobility.
Only the Illinois Supreme Court stands between voters and the opportunity to strike back, constructively, at a state political system that has hung a huge pension albatross round our necks, brought us budget gridlock and, many think, has the state circling the drain.
Litigation involving phony tax shelters that cost a local businessman nearly $70 million in back taxes, interest and penalties continues to percolate in the Illinois courts.
A 2010 appellate court decision cleared the way for Shahid R. Khan, the president of Flex-N-Gate, to sue financial advisors he claims misled him.
Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Stokely Carmichael's call for Black Power. On June 16, 1966, the then-24-year-old Carmichael (Kwame Ture) declared to his Greenwood, Miss., audience, "The only way we gonna stop them white men from whuppin' us is to take over. What we're going to start saying now is Black Power!"
I remember fireworks. Mom used to buy them.
Last week, the United Kingdom made history when its citizens voted to leave the European Union. This move is colloquially known as Brexit.
What do you, as a non-Anglo, need to know about the Brexit? Today, we tackle the hard questions.
Why do they call it a Brexit?
Because it is a well-known fact that the media cannot resist a portmanteau.