Judge puts hold on soda tariff

The delay in the implementation of a soft-drink tax is giving consumers more time to stock up.

Cook County taxpayers got a reprieve last week when, one day before it was scheduled to take effect, a judge put a hold on a big tax increase on sugary drinks.

Minimum wage maxed out

University of Washington study indicates that Seattle's ever-higher minimum wage is hurting, not helping, workers.

Proponents of raising the minimum wage embrace a position that couldn't be more clear — the higher and the sooner, the better.

The problem with hanging out

Downtown Champaign is the life of the party. But a recent shooting shows the city needs to step up policing.

Crowds, guns, alcohol and an anything-goes atmosphere are always a recipe for big trouble.

Cook County's new sin tax

Will a penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks improve health, or force consumers to buy their soda elsewhere?

Revenue-hungry elected officials in Cook County had two goals: They wanted more tax money to spend and a self-aggrandizing way of explaining their decision to jack up taxes on ordinary Joes and Janes.

Court's work involves play

What does the U.S. Constitution say about children who skin their knees on playgrounds? You might be surprised.

The First Amendment embraces, among other things, the key concepts of freedom of religion and the absolute separation of religion from the state.

But more than 200 years later, there are still serious arguments as to what that means in practice.

Far different from a 'stunt'

Meeting in Springfield this week is exactly what lawmakers should be doing.

There's been a lot of finger-pointing, blame-laying and name-calling in Springfield as legislators continue to wrestle with the budget issue and get nowhere fast.

All of it is understandable, and some of is actually justified.

What's the rush?

State Democratic leaders are doing themselves no favors by rushing the endorsement process ahead of the March 2018 primary battle for governor.

The Kennedy name should be — and probably is — political magic, at least in some places in Illinois and other states across the nation.

Stain removal

It ain't over till it's over. But the Steven Salaita controversy sure looks like it's over.

The University of Illinois can finally put to rest another meaningless controversy. Fortunately, it didn't amount to a hill of beans outside the world of academe and not very much inside it either.

Too late to say no

The marketplace is speaking loud and clear on video gambling.

Members of the Champaign City Council deserve credit for their collective earnestness and sincerity.

They don't have an easy job; it's one that's easy to second-guess.

Tight GOP win in Georgia

The most expensive congressional election in history (around $50 million) left Democrats holding a mixed bag.

While Democrats' heads were on the verge of exploding with anger and disappointment Wednesday morning, Republicans were breathing a sigh of relief.