Editorial | Illinois stuck in the muck

A Governing magazine poll shows Illinois ranks in the bottom half of states in growth of gross domestic product.

When it comes to Illinois' financial status, bad news isn't bad news anymore. It's increasingly just the way things are.

Editorial | Just the tip of the iceberg

Several municipalities are expected to face the pension crisis that's currently gripping Harvey.

Few people pay much attention to Harvey, an impoverished community in the Chicago area. But they should, because it's the canary in the coal mine — a harbinger of municipal pension disasters to come in communities across the state.

Editorial | Playing politics with picks

Senate Democrats have obstructed the appointment of President Donald Trump's nominees to a historic degree.

Contentious confirmation hearings involving the proposed nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency have been playing out as expected over the past couple of days.

Editorial | The deal is off

To hear all of the complaints about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran deal, one might think everyone loved it when it was first proposed. They didn't.

An angry group of dissenters has expressed outrage over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw this country from its nuclear agreement with Iran.

Jim Dey | Ohio shows Illinois how it's done with fair maps

An overwhelming majority of voters Tuesday turned their collective backs on legislative gerrymandering, approving an amendment to the state constitution aimed at taking partisan politics out of the redistricting process.

Editorial | Just say no?

The legal maneuvering between lawyers for President Donald Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller is escalating.

With each side continuing to lay down its markers, it seems a certainty that President Donald Trump and independent counsel Robert Mueller are headed for a courtroom clash over Mueller's impending effort to question the president under oath.

Editorial | Illinois is running in place

Once again, Chief Executive magazine has ranked the Prairie State as one of the worst when it comes to doing business.

Ever heard that phrase, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"?

Here's another in the same vein: "Heard the new news? It's the same as the old news."

Editorial | Political gamesmanship

Lawmakers have their ways of keepinggerrymandering intact.

CHANGE Illinois, the public interest group backing a proposal to end legislative gerrymandering in this state, sent out a breathless email late last week calling for the General Assembly to take immediate action.

Editorial | Charter-school plan had too many questions

There's always next year.

In a move that should have surprised no one, the Champaign school board last week summarily rejected a proposal to create a special charter school aimed at boosting the educational performance of under-performing black students.

Editorial | Taking another shot at office

Illinois may have looked different if voters had gone with Paul Vallas in the 2002 race for governor.

Paul Vallas may be the best public official never to get elected in Illinois.