Another showdown on public pensions is looming in the General Assembly.
That was quite a battle last week in Springfield, where state legislators bit the bullet and passed reductions in pension benefits that outraged public employees and retirees.
The amorality of Illinois politics is on display in House Speaker Michael Madigan's re-election campaign.
House Speaker Michael Madigan has a well-deserved reputation as a ruthless practitioner of the black art of politics, someone few people are willing to cross.
Merits of the legislation aside, proponents of the controversial pension legislation did a masterful job of insulating themselves from political retribution.
Over the decades of craven political posturing in Springfield, there have been many examples of legislators dodging responsibility for unpopular legislation.
Illinois can't file for bankruptcy protection, but it can learn valuable lessons from Detroit's financial collapse.
Detroit, once among the greatest of American cities and an industrial powerhouse, is eligible for bankruptcy protection, and municipal retirees living on pensions will be among the hardest hit by the city's failure to meet its obligations.
No matter how ignominious their tenure, some pols just can't resist a comeback.
Politicians in Illinois and elsewhere have a lot of flaws. But they have one undeniable strength — they are irrepressible in assessing their own fitness for public office.
No matter what their transgressions, they're fine with the idea of continuing in public office.
Even sausage makers are sickened by how the legislative process works in Illinois.
Elected officials like to call what they do public service: Far too often, it's self-service.
The Yes! for Independent Maps movement is aimed at passing a state constitutional amendment that would strip legislative redistricting power from the politicians and authorize appointment of a nonpartisan commission to draw politically competitive maps.
Talent, hard work and good coaching paid off for the gridders of St. Joseph-Ogden High School.
Enough time has passed since St. Joseph-Ogden's overtime loss last week in the Class 3A state championship to take some of the sting of disappointment away.
Days like Monday undermine the political process, and here's why.
Monday was just a regular day for normal people, the first day of a new work week.
But for the especially sick and twisted — those who run for public office in Illinois — Monday was a day of almost cosmic significance.
It was the last day of the candidate filing period — Nov. 25 to Dec. 2.
Don't we want successful, capable people to run for office? Maybe, maybe not.
Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner has based his campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination on a pledge to shake up the corrupt status quo in this state.