Editorial | Fair warning

Taxpayers: It's that time of year again.

Monday — April 15 — is the deadline for taxpayers to file their annual returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

That's why the U.S. attorney for central Illinois issued a news release this week that is about as subtle as a sledgehammer blow to the head.

Editorial | One rule for all

Legislators need to realize that school districts have only so much money.

Legislators in the Illinois House and Senate this week passed separate and different versions of legislation that sets a minimum annual teacher salary of $40,000 by the 2023-24 school year.

Editorial | Mueller report out soon

How much is enough to persuade the public that the Russia collusion investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller was thorough?

The much-discussed Mueller report will be made public in roughly a week.

Editorial | Smoking is good, bad

While encouraging the smoking of marijuana, Illinois discourages smoking tobacco.

It was only a matter of time before a law barring those under 21 from purchasing cigarettes became law in Illinois.

It finally happened Sunday when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation to that effect. The new law takes effect in July.

Editorial | Let's not make a deal

Partisan politics can make it impossiblefor sensible legislation to become law.

Remember how former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner tried for years to persuade the Legislature to pass a bill authorizing the sale of the dilapidated Thompson Center in downtown Chicago?

Editorial | Another shot at reducing size of government

Illinois House member doesn't give up on measure to dissolve townships.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

State Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, has taken that advice and, so far at least, it's working out well.

Editorial | Impossible job

When it comes to child protection services, the cost of failure can be heartbreaking.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker made news last week when he visited Decatur in the aftermath of the death of a child whose care was supposed to be safeguarded by the state's family services department.

Editorial | Insiders out, outsider in

Chicago's new mayor has an undisputed mandate — fixing a broke city — but insufficient resources to get it done.

Voters in the city of Chicago made political history of sorts Tuesday when they elected a political outsider as their new mayor.

Editorial | Not many votes to count

Another election is in the books.

With the vote count in, it's time again to lament the pitifully low voter turnout for local municipal and school/park/community-college board elections.

Editorial | Bottoms up

Sports fans want beer, and the University of Illinois wants more fans at home basketball and football games.

Given changing cultural norms, it was probably inevitable that selling beer at college sports events would become the big new thing. It has been a trend across the country.