Ferreting out the truth?

Bad governance won't win politicians many votes. But who says the public has to know?

The late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley was indisputably correct when he observed that good government is good politics. In other words, public officials who serve the public well will be rewarded on Election Day.

FOIA bill more flim-flam

Freedom-of-information legislation ought to promote openness in government, not more secrecy.

Our legislators once again are playing games with the state's Freedom of Information Act, and a vigilant Gov. Pat Quinn is well advised to veto this latest example of political chicanery.

Disaster in Iraq

Once-stable Iraq appears to be disintegrating before our eyes.

All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has as difficult a job trying to address the ongoing disintegration of Iraq.

Extinguishing a problem

A devastating fire in Hoopeston gave rise to legislation aimed at preventing a similar problem elsewhere.

It often takes a disaster to focus public attention on a problem that needs to be addressed. The June 19, 2013, fire at a 400,000-square-foot Hoopeston tire-recycling facility is one recent example.

Bonus blunderers

Rewarding incompetence has become institutionalized in the federal bureaucracy.

American taxpayers will be chagrined to learn that, while many of this country's military veterans were receiving shoddy treatment at government-run medical facilities, a substantial majority of the bureaucrats in charge of the system did much better.

Operation Hoops

Champaign-Urbana will be among several communities competing to host the girls' and boys' state high school basketball tournaments.

In terms of tradition and aesthetics, there's no doubt that the University of Illinois is the best locale to host the tournaments.

The missing email

When crucial evidence disappears or is destroyed, investigators must double their efforts to find out why.

Cash not king, but still crucial

Candidates think their own donors are great people. It's their opponents' donors they don't like.

Having a campaign treasury brimming with cash doesn't guarantee victory — just ask former Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The veteran Virginia legislator decisively outspent his underfunded opponent in a party primary and still lost by a substantial margin.

Two tough cases closed

Violent acts by two deeply disturbed men were addressed in a different manner by the courts.

Two serious cases involving spontaneous acts of violence and serious mental illness were resolved this week in Champaign County Circuit Court.

In one case, a Fithian man who slashed a stranger's throat in a racially motivated attack, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Redistricting plan is in deep trouble

The current fight over the proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting is not governed by Marquess of Queensbury rules.

The recent machinations of the State Board of Elections should dispel any lingering faith that government in Illinois is on the up and up, assuming any faith still lingered.

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