How government seizes property

Two unlikely allies — the ACLU of Illinois and the Illinois Policy Institute — expose the abuses inherent in civil asset forfeitures laws.

In August 2015, Judy Wiese of Moline went to bed worried. Her grandson had used her car to go to work, but he wasn't home.

At 1:30 a.m., the police called to say that her grandson had been arrested for driving on a revoked license.

Government to the rescue?

In Illinois and Indiana last week, we saw the all-too-visible hand of government granting favors to businesses.

Addressing violent crime

Say what you will about Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing; she isn't one to sit on her hands when problems present themselves.

Illegal-gun violence has been an unsettling problem in Champaign-Urbana for years now. In the last Champaign city election, almost every candidate singled it out as the biggest issue they faced. They've been talking about it — off and on — ever since.

Operating on borrowed money

Vendors doing business with the state can turn to "qualified purchasers" for money when Illinois does not pay.

When the state of Illinois spends money it does not have, who makes up the difference?

Transparency in Mahomet

The police chief served the public's right to know by releasing a slew of documents related to a May shooting.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler came through this week.

Foolishness, in 140 characters

President-elect Trump hit the "tweet" button when he should have held down "delete."

There he goes again.

"In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday.

You-know-who is running again

Illinois House Democrats can be expected to again embrace Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan's bid for another term as Speaker.

The bloom came off the rose pretty darn quick for state Rep.-elect Katie Stuart, a Glen Carbon Democrat who will be sworn in to office in January with the new Illinois General Assembly.

Don't get faked out

Did Russian President Vladimir Putin really campaign in several Midwestern states for President-elect Donald Trump? It says so on the internet.

Fake news is making big news these days -- unless, of course, widespread accounts of its impact on politicians, corporations and news organization are, well, fake.

Spending folly

The governor's vetoes are all that stand in the way of a deeper fall into financial calamity.

Either they're all trying to con members of sympathetic interest groups or state legislators simply can't control themselves when it comes to spending money the state doesn't have.

What are you thankful for?

Everyone has something to acknowledge on this day of thanks.

Has a year really passed since the last Thanksgiving Day celebration? As hard as it is to believe, the calendar says it's so.

So what do Americans have to be grateful for on Nov. 24, 2016?

The answer is that many things are worthy of our gratitude, some that are large and some that are not.