All is not fair

Neither the Champaign County Fair nor the Disabled American Veterans profit from split.

Last year it was a rodeo clown spouting off racist jokes. This year, a public breakup with a local veterans' organization.

The Champaign County Fair Association must hope there's no such thing as bad publicity. The fair has had its share the last two years.

A load of bricks

The road to cooperation should be paved with transparent written agreements.

A half a brick is better than no brick.

That appears to be the resolution in a dispute between the city of Urbana and the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County.

Great pay, with benefits

Even though lawmakers cannot resolve the state budget, they have time for useless political theater.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his band of overpaid politicians had a revelation this week:

Voters resent that we're getting an automatic 2 percent pay raise — while the state has no spending plan and some service providers are not being paid.

Mitsubishi miracle is ending

Since the 1980s, the Bloomington-Normal area has benefited as the state poured millions into central Illinois' lone car plant. The economic boon will end later this year when the factory stops production.

The old saying is: all good things come to an end.

An Iranian olive branch?

Iran continues to lob rhetorical hand grenades in our direction.

President Barack Obama has a tough job selling his nuclear-arms deal with Iran to a skeptical Congress, and the Iranians aren't making it any easier.

Merit hiring

Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent decision to eliminate his office from state hiring decisions is about more than sound management.

The budget standoff with Democratic legislative leaders has prevented new Gov. Bruce Rauner from doing all that he would like to do to re-direct state government.

Signing up

Change in Illinois comes hard, but here's a reason for hope.

They're still a long way from home, but backers of the nonpartisan state legislative redistricting plan are off to a great start in their drive to collect the roughly 300,000 required petition signatures.

Back in the news

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's win on appeal doesn't amount to much.

Despite the initial hyperbolic news reports, a federal appeals court ruling reversing some of Rod Blagojevich's multiple convictions on corruption charges is neither a vindication nor a get-out-of-jail free card.

Ducking trouble

State employees are fighting to hang on to their paychecks.

Prospects for state employees continuing to be paid in the face of the state budget standoff improved last week thanks to a couple of court rulings.

Budget thaw

Some people in Illinois don't have to worry about their state grant money being frozen.

Those who've followed the machinations of the zoo called Illinois state government know there are two sets of rules — the regular set for ordinary Joes and the special ones for those with clout or connections.