Politics, not policy, as usual

Recent legislative action is really more inaction.

Somnolent legislators have risen, briefly, from their slumbers to take action on a series of initiatives they hope to send to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinois trails national average

There's good — and bad — news about the employment picture in the nation and Illinois.

As has been the case for months now, the national unemployment numbers present a mixed picture.

On the surface, they're good, almost encouraging. But a deeper examination shows just how far the lagging economic recovery has to go.

Legislative maps before Supremes

There's a political solution to the problem of legislative gerrymandering. But is there a legal one?

Sometime in the next year, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the politically hot topic of gerrymandering, the black art by which the majority political party draws legislative boundary lines that give it an electoral advantage.

Other states also have problems

Falling in love has its drawbacks.

Illinois has more than its share of problems, especially when it comes to its elected officials betraying the public trust. But it doesn't have a monopoly on these kinds of things.

Other public officials in other states also find ways to get themselves in trouble.

Can Illinois handle truth?

Here's another warning that seems certain to be ignored.

Everyone who's paying attention knows that Illinois' finances are in terrible shape. But, really, how bad are they?

Well, according to Truth in Accounting, it's even worse than the worst pessimists among the citizenry think it is.

Progressive rates flatten taxpayers

Let the great tax-rate debate begin.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker wasted no time laying out one of his key campaign themes Monday when he visited Champaign-Urbana, embracing a position on taxes that puts him and his fellow Democrats sharply at odds with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Management and labor?

Legal questions — and controversy — surrounding the election of a Parkland College faculty member to the college's board of trustees are as predictable as rain in April.

Who's the boss?

Parkland College President Tom Ramage or Parkland faculty member Rochelle Harden?

Tax Day: Past due

For some people, including state employees, the deadline for filing federal and state income taxes came and went a long time ago.

Urbana needs to take its time

City officials need to put the proposed Lincoln Square hotel deal under microscopic scrutiny.

Urbana City Council members voted last week to keep talking about a proposal for the city to underwrite the redevelopment of the Landmark Hotel at Lincoln Square.

Board can't deny reality

In a democracy, election results are supposed to mean something.

Are disappointed county board Democrats determined to double down on the financial failure of the Champaign County Nursing Home?

It's a little too early to reach that conclusion. But board members are showing disturbing signs of rejecting the results of the plebiscite they put on the April 4 ballot.