Easy target

It's no fun having no friends.

Disgraced former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert used to have lots of friends. Now serving prison time for finance-related crimes connected to his sexual predation while a high school wrestling coach, Hastert's friends have abandoned him, at least publicly.

Shady watchdog still runs loose

How did a former state legislator spend $500,000 in campaign funds? So far, no one can — or will — reveal the details.

A hearing officer for a toothless state campaign watchdog is scheduled to issue a report soon on the questionable spending practices of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, the chief watchdog of state spending programs.

Blagojevich on ice

Wow. That didn't take long.

Three days after hearing lawyers for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich argue that their client deserves a reduction in his 14-year sentence, a federal appeals court said "no."

Rewriting the tax code

President Donald Trump is putting another hot potato on the plate of Congress.

Many of the details have yet to be resolved. But President Donald Trump on Wednesday kicked off what's expected to be a spirited, even acrimonious, debate on the federal income tax code and what needs to be done to make it both less complicated and more growth-oriented.

Tax attack a political staple

It's easier to raise questions about politicians' tax returns before they are made public than after.

Ammons for Congress?

Enthusiastic Democrats are getting an early start in their bid to thwart Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis's expected re-election bid.

The politics of 2018 is getting way ahead of itself, but in a most interesting way.

Politics, not policy, as usual

Recent legislative action is really more inaction.

Somnolent legislators have risen, briefly, from their slumbers to take action on a series of initiatives they hope to send to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinois trails national average

There's good — and bad — news about the employment picture in the nation and Illinois.

As has been the case for months now, the national unemployment numbers present a mixed picture.

On the surface, they're good, almost encouraging. But a deeper examination shows just how far the lagging economic recovery has to go.

Legislative maps before Supremes

There's a political solution to the problem of legislative gerrymandering. But is there a legal one?

Sometime in the next year, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the politically hot topic of gerrymandering, the black art by which the majority political party draws legislative boundary lines that give it an electoral advantage.

Other states also have problems

Falling in love has its drawbacks.

Illinois has more than its share of problems, especially when it comes to its elected officials betraying the public trust. But it doesn't have a monopoly on these kinds of things.

Other public officials in other states also find ways to get themselves in trouble.