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.

Ever downward

Failing to decide about how to fix our sorry state is deciding to fail.

The state of Illinois — the city of Aurora and its environs, specifically — got some bad news recently when Caterpillar announced it was closing a machine production facility there and eliminating about 800 jobs.

As bad news goes, it could have been worse.

Failure across the board

Is Illinois really one of 50 states in the United States? Or is it some kind of alternative universe of government dysfunction?

Members of the Illinois Senate aren't scheduled to reconvene until April 25. Their counterparts in the Illinois House are holding a few committee meetings this week, but doing little else.