Editorials

Editorials

2017 Champaign County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen and -women from Champaign County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

2017 Vermilion County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen and -women from Vermilion County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

Speech issue an easy call

Let a thousand rhetorical flowers bloom.

University of Illinois trustees and administrators have scheduled a July retreat to take up the unlikely controversy of free speech on campus.

Motorists seeing red

Those who believe the government is not their friend need only look to red-light cameras for proof.

Red-light cameras operate on the specious and dishonest claim that they promote public safety. But a recent study by the Chicago news media reveals that the real goal behind these high-tech snoops is to extract cash from an unwary public.

Power plays not productive

If time is money, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats in the Legislature are wasting plenty of both.

Democrats in the Illinois Senate took a step in the right direction this week when they passed legislation giving voters expanded authority to seek tax savings by consolidating local units of government.

Senate Dems back tax hikes

Sound and fury signifying nothing?

Illinois Senate Democrats on Tuesday exercised their legislative control of that chamber by approving a $37.3 billion state budget that includes $5.4 billion in higher state income and sales taxes.

Past time for pay cut

It's not often that public officials make an argument that they're paid too much.

Rich disappoint Connecticut

Taxing the rich sounds good to some.

The debate over appropriate taxation levels in the 50 states goes on without end — tax cutters and tax hikers rarely finding common ground on what is both equitable and effective.

Congress sets legal consensus

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a change in policy for federal prosecutors, one that requires tougher enforcement of drug laws and reverses a softer approach implemented by the Obama administration.

Let's look under the rock

A bad state lease deal raises disturbing questions.

Illinois taxpayers recently took another unnecessary financial beating in a questionable leasing deal for which they paid far too much in exchange for far too little.

The questions surrounding the deal are these:

— Is this government corruption as usual?

— Or is it government incompetence as usual?