Daily Bread a daily blessing

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Through sheer will, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen has been able for years now to maintain its commitment to feeding this community's homeless and hungry.

Later this month, this inspiring display of helping those in need will become even more impressive.

Bowing to reality

Something's got to give when a municipality runs low on money.

In Danville, city council members just decided to close one of its fire stations — Station 3 on Griffin Street — as a means of eventually reducing the number of firefighters on each of three daily shifts from 13 to 10.

Pulling rank

Legislators are hoping the public doesn't pay much attention to a lawsuit they filed.

No one will ever mistake most Illinois legislators for principled politicians.

Their elastic stances on the issues of the day are not unlike those enunciated by the late comedian Groucho Marx: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them ... well, I have others."

New comptroller, same problems

There's a new person sitting on one of the deck chairs of the Titanic ship of state that is Illinois.

Doubling down on failure

A new subject is off limits at the state's budget talks — details of the budget.

Interesting, if marginal, details emerged from weekend meetings of legislative leaders regarding their so-far-fruitless efforts to reach some kind of compromise on the long-standing state budget dispute.

How government seizes property

Two unlikely allies — the ACLU of Illinois and the Illinois Policy Institute — expose the abuses inherent in civil asset forfeitures laws.

In August 2015, Judy Wiese of Moline went to bed worried. Her grandson had used her car to go to work, but he wasn't home.

At 1:30 a.m., the police called to say that her grandson had been arrested for driving on a revoked license.

Government to the rescue?

In Illinois and Indiana last week, we saw the all-too-visible hand of government granting favors to businesses.

Addressing violent crime

Say what you will about Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing; she isn't one to sit on her hands when problems present themselves.

Illegal-gun violence has been an unsettling problem in Champaign-Urbana for years now. In the last Champaign city election, almost every candidate singled it out as the biggest issue they faced. They've been talking about it — off and on — ever since.

Operating on borrowed money

Vendors doing business with the state can turn to "qualified purchasers" for money when Illinois does not pay.

When the state of Illinois spends money it does not have, who makes up the difference?

Transparency in Mahomet

The police chief served the public's right to know by releasing a slew of documents related to a May shooting.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler came through this week.