Editorial | Speech is back on

State of the Union addresses are part of the American political tradition.

Now that the federal government has been fully reopened, it's back to business as usual in Washington, D.C.

That means, among other things, that President Donald Trump, courtesy of an invitation from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will deliver the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Editorial | Fait accompli?

Cliches become cliches because they are true.

Elections, as they say, probably ad nauseam, have consequences.

Illinois Democrats won big in the November election, and they now hold all three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial.

Editorial | Trim the fat in Illinois

The governor should push for consolidation in local government to save taxpayers money.

New Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced an ambitious social-welfare agenda that involves larger amounts of spending. But he's also paid attention to the idea of boosting efficiencies in government that cut costs for taxpayers.

Editorial | Not all, but most, systems go

Revenue growth in most of the states shows the economy is better than it was.

The weather outside may be frightful, but the national economy keeps humming along, according to a study by Pew Charitable Trust.

Editorial | Payback time

A downstate politician who took a bullet for the Democratic Party team is gettinghis reward.

Although Election Day in November produced a big win for the Democratic Party, not every Democrat whose name was on the ballot came out on top in Illinois.

Editorial | Pension bonanza

Huge pensions make life after politics lush.

Former Democratic state Rep. Daniel Burke was unceremoniously tossed out of office last year by the residents of his increasingly Hispanic Chicago district.

But not to worry; Burke, like many politicians in Illinois, is enjoying a soft landing on a big pile of cash — courtesy of Chicago and Illinois taxpayers.

Editorial | Vacancy at Willard

With Gene Cossey on the way out, the search is on for an experienced airport manager.

The overseers of Willard Airport once again will have to find a new executive director following Gene Cossey's decision to accept a similar post at the Tri-Cities Airport in northeastern Tennessee.

Editorial | Violence continues

Is one shooting after another the new normal?

The stories of shootings in Champaign, Urbana and Danville are as tiresome as they are familiar.

One occurred Monday evening outside the Red Fox convenience store at 2000 N. Neil St., C.

Editorial | GOP is serious, if Pritzker is

If Illinois' new governor really wants to restore democracy to state legislative elections, he has some viable options.

Editorial | Everyone for president

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. But there are no guarantees.

Robust competition for a political office — no matter whether it's the city council or the U.S. Senate — is generally a good thing.

After all, the more the merrier; give the voters a choice; multiple voices foreshadow a vigorous debate and draw public attention to the issues.