Editorials

Editorials

Townships forever?

When elected leaders won't lead, the public loses.

In the aftermath of the firing fiasco in the Cunningham Township Assessor’s Office, common sense briefly reared its head.

Pritzker regrets; Ives doesn't

Aspiring politicians say the darnedest things.

Two gubernatorial candidates are catching plenty of flak this week — one for what he said on an FBI wiretap and the other for what her campaign stated in a television ad.

Democrat J.B. Pritzker quickly apologized. He figures if he grovels sufficiently, all will be forgiven.

Neo-Nazi on the ballot

There's room for all kinds of political mischief in the democratic process.

Arthur Jones is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District. Does anybody care?

He's one of those perennial candidates, having run for mayor and alderman in Chicago and mayor in Milwaukee.

Madigan minions wear black robes

State Rep. Scott Drury is campaigning for Illinois attorney general on a platform of fighting political corruption.

Drury's on-again, off-again campaign to become the Democratic Party's nominee for attorney general is off again. Or is it?

Primary pugilists

Democrats running for Illinois governor are turning up the heat on one another as the March 20 election approaches.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has his share of political problems as he approaches the March 20 primary against a challenger from the aggrieved conservative wing of his party.

Common-sense interference

Is it government's role to decide whether children will be allowed to play football?

One of the truisms surrounding modern-day government and politics is, the more elected officials fail to fulfill their fundamental obligations — balanced budgets, prudent spending, public safety, etc. — the more grandiose they become in pursuit of other issues.

Politics dominate State of the State

It's hard to imagine a time when the people of Illinois needed an atmosphere of bipartisan problem-solving in Springfield more. But it's not going to happen.

One would have to be a cockeyed optimist to expect anything better than what took place Wednesday in Springfield, when Gov. Bruce Rauner presented his State of the State address to members of the General Assembly.

Abolish traffic cameras

Government is not necessarily your friend.

Consider red-light traffic-enforcement cameras. They're the biggest scam municipalities ever embraced, bogus safety measures designed to generate revenue through automated traffic enforcement.

Case dismissed

What happens when a public official accepts money from a donor and then does favors for the donor? Sometimes, nothing.

A couple months ago, a federal jury in New Jersey could not reach a verdict in the corruption trial of U.S. Robert Menendez.

Delivering good news

President Donald Trump delivered a successful State of the Union address. Now if he can only not step on his message.

Showing a sunny side that is a welcome contrast to his often-combative style, Trump delivered an uplifting State of the Union address Monday that recounted his successes and promised even brighter days ahead.