Editorial | The 51st state

A small group of Illinois lawmakers hopes to split Chicago from the rest of Illinois and create a 51st state. Their rash quest has been enthusiastically embraced by some downstate citizens but fortunately not by their legislative colleagues.

Editorial | Slow down for emergency vehicles

Not even three full months into the year and 14 Illinois State Police troopers have been struck on roads this year. That's more than all of 2018 and a strong indication that motorists are either distracted, driving too fast for conditions or both.

Editorial | Grudge carrier in chief

President Donald Trump has pulled off a rare achievement. His bizarre attacks on John McCain have stirred emotion, support and longing for a U.S. senator and war hero who died seven months ago. It's inevitable that someone will poll the relative favorability of the president versus someone who died last August.

Editorial | Marijuana slowdown?

A majority of Illinois House members have signed onto a resolution that vaguely urges lawmakers "to slow the process of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois." That is a good idea, given that lawmakers are still negotiating privately what form legal recreational marijuana in Illinois would take.

Editorial | Great politics, bad policy

Illinois' sales tax is already too narrow, and now legislators are inventing ways to have it apply to fewer items and to bringin less money.

Editorial | The $500 million question

There were doubts from the start about how easy it would be to pull off the Discovery Partners Institute, the cherished, multi-university innovation center the University of Illinois and former Gov. Bruce Rauner had promoted. There are fresh doubts sinceGov. J.B. Pritzker's budget requires$500 million in private funding before any state funding is turned over.

Editorial | An easily avoidable tax

It won't change the world, but a plastic bag tax would change the landscape on the windy plains of Illinois and be a big help to farmers who are increasingly plagued by bags that litter their land and can interrupt their work in the fields. Plus, the tax can be easily mitigated or totally avoided by consumers.

Editorial | Time to speak up for Middle Fork

Citizens get their chance next Tuesday to speak out against a plan that would build a wall of rock and other fill to hold back600 million tons of coal ash stored along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. There's a much better way to protect the scenic stream in Vermilion County, and that is to remove the dangerous coal ash.

Editorial | Happy 50th, Krannert Center

For half a century, central Illinois residents have been counting their blessings that forward-looking people — and University of Illinois alums — Herman Krannert and Max Abramovitz combined to bring the UI a splendid performing arts center that is welcoming, beautiful and functional.

Editorial | Bike-sharing expansion

In its first seven months in C-U, the bike vendor VeoRide Inc. reported 14,800 unique bike riders and 165,000 total bike rides — during some of the worst bike-riding months of the year. Now it is about to convert many of its bikes to electric models and hopes to expand the number of bikes in town.