George Will | America is overdue for another Lehman-like episode

WASHINGTON — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America's economy, prudent people should reverse that.

Scott Reeder | A curious move by state's chief executive

SPRINGFIELD — Whose word is less reliable, a jailhouse snitch's or Gov. Bruce Rauner's?

That's a question I have been asking myself these past two weeks.

Brett Rowland | Time for AG's office to take on corruption in Illinois


It's nearly impossible to work up enthusiasm for the Illinois gubernatorial race, which features two rich men who have proven they know how to spend a lot of money on attack ads but appear unable to fix the state's financial problems.

Real Talk | The fortitude to face reality

While in San Francisco attending the American Psychological Association's annual conference last week, relatives and I visited the world-renowned City Lights Bookstore. Outside the store in Jack Kerouac Alley, among several engraved quotations, I discovered a potent observation by Maya Angelou.

Gene A. Budig/Alan Heaps | Progress in education is a team effort

The opening of the upcoming school year is on the near horizon. Very soon, all of America's 100,000 public elementary, middle and high schools will have reopened their doors to 51 million students.

Scott Reeder | A mixed legacy of race in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — When I saw the two Confederate flags flapping from the bed of a pickup last week, I groaned.

I wondered: "Why would anyone fly those symbols of treason and white supremacy in Abraham Lincoln's hometown?"

Brett Rowland | Don't look to Springfield for reform this year


Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly have shown little resolve in addressing some of the state's most critical issues in the past six months.

Lawmakers threw some minor reform measures into the state budget they passed in May. The big stuff — pension reform, high taxes — didn't get touched.

Off the Bench | Reinforcing a culture of civility

In a recent conversation, a friend commented on the deterioration of civility in our society. He was referring to civilized conduct in which people are polite and show courtesy to others. I had to agree. While our technological and scientific advancements have proceeded with astonishing pace, our behavior toward one another has become more hostile and rude.

Capitol Fax | Political drama playing out in Lake County

Lake County politics has been rocked to the core this month by the abrupt resignation of state Rep. Nick Sauer, R-Lake Barrington, and the announcement by Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor that he is dropping out of his reelection campaign after earlier disclosing that he was suffering from drug addiction.

It's really a mess up there.

George Will | If you want peace, prepare for war

WASHINGTON — Scholars have already debated for decades, and will debate for centuries, the role U.S. policies — military, diplomatic, economic — played in bringing the Cold War to endgame and the Soviet Union to extinction.