Editorials

Editorials

Editorial | Victory lap in Springfield

A bipartisan compromise has produced a new state spending plan.

Springfield Democrats and Republicans were so busy patting themselves on the back last week that it gave the appearance something good had happened.

The cause of the bipartisan celebration and excessive self-congratulations was the passage of a $38.5 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Editorial | Young, affluent flock to Chicago

Young people with big incomes are finding the Windy City an increasingly attractive place to live and work.

Census figures for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois show increasingly grim numbers in terms of population decline. But there's a prominent exception to what has become a rule — upscale young people are flocking to the Windy City.

Editorial | Another limit on smoking

The state is raising the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. Why not go big and make it 30?

Smoking cigarettes is impossible to justify, given its many adverse health effects on those who partake of this bad habit. Further, as the number of smokers has fallen dramatically, social disapproval has skyrocketed.

Editorial | Charter-school backers will rework proposal

Proponents of the plan have said they will try to correct issues cited by the Champaign school board in the first go-around.

Backers of a special school for low-income, low-performing K-5 students have decided they will not appeal a recent Champaign school board decision rejecting their proposal to the state.

Editorial | Pardon was long overdue

President Donald Trump corrected a wrong against former heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson.

Trump corrected a historical wrong last week, revisiting an ugly chapter in American history that is as revealing as it is disturbing.

Trump posthumously pardoned the late heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, the Muhammad Ali of his time.

Editorial | The Illinois exodus continues

New Census Bureau data show that the state's largest cities continue to lose population.

Not that the Legislature shows any signs of noticing, but new data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Illinois' largest cities continue to lose population.

The figures show 39 of Illinois' largest 50 cities experienced a population decline from July 2016 to July 2017.

Editorial | IRS sends warning on loopholes

State legislators in Illinois, California and Connecticut are well advised to take notice of a recent warning from the Internal Revenue Service not to play games with the new federal tax law.

2018 Champaign County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen and -women from Champaign County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

2018 Vermilion County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen and -women from Vermilion County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

Editorial | State's high court sets judge straight

The justices ruled that Vincent Gaughan overstepped his bounds in imposing secrecy on a controversial murder trial involving a Chicago police officer.

In a country founded on the concept of the rule of law, it's unfortunate — but sometimes necessary — to remind those at the apex of the judicial system that the law applies to everyone, including them.