Need inversion conversion

It's silly for members of Congress to criticize corporations for responding to the economic incentives created in federal tax law.

Candidates for president were quick to try to exploit for political gain Pfizer's $160 billion planned merger with foreign drug company Allergan PLC and its plan to move corporate headquarters from the United States to Ireland.

Illini marching in the big time

The University of Illinois' band will be marching right into the nation's living room.

Television ratings in East Central Illinois for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade should spike this year. The Marching Illini, the best band in the land, is one of the parade's featured attractions.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is about so much more than food and drink. It's a time for reflection.

As hard as it is to believe that days and months come and go with such frequency, it's that time again.

Thanksgiving has arrived, and Christmas is just around the corner, the traditional holiday season. Black Friday, a day of orgiastic shopping, looms.

Election schedule bad for voters

Front-loading the election schedule is just one small way the state's power brokers manipulate the democratic process.

Candidates from all over Illinois lined up Monday at their local county clerk's offices to file petitions to run in next year's election.


The women on Parkland College's national championship volleyball team made the most extraordinary season look easy.

Congratulations are due to the Parkland College women's volleyball team for capturing the NJCAA Division II national title last weekend.

Spy game

It's a mistake to modify the life sentence of a convicted spy who sold out his country.

After 30 years in prison, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been released on parole.

That's too bad. Given his betrayal of his country and the damage he caused to our security interests, Pollard should never have been released, not even to please an important ally like Israel.

Turning a new leaf

Kudos to employees in Champaign's public works department.

Public employees take a lot of guff — probably far more than they deserve.

So when they find better, smarter and cheaper ways to get a job done, plaudits are in order.

Flushing money down the drain

The way Illinois has run its EDGE program is enough to make taxpayers consider jumping off a ledge.

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently took another positive step in his effort to clean up the state's problem-ridden EDGE tax subsidy program.

But he has a ways to go in terms of opening it up to full public examination. Still, it's better to have some progress than none at all.

Better map, better Illinois

The Independent Maps movement continues to make the powerful political insiders sweat.

Government in Illinois continues to bumble down the road of disarray and dysfunction, a status best reflected by the budget standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.


Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to shake up Springfield, and he has. But changing it is another story.

The governor's office announced this week that it has reached contract agreements with 11 more trade unions representing about 500 workers. That comes on top of previous successful negotiations with 17 bargaining units representing 5,000-plus state employees.