Pay hikes for elected officials is a vexing issue, particularly during hard times.
A 2 percent annual pay raise for public officials isn't going to outrage too many taxpayers.
But the proposed increases for elected Champaign County officials once again demonstrate the disconnect between public and private finance.
Taxpayers are underwriting the opening of a new sporting goods store in Champaign.
City officials in Champaign long ago made a commitment to offer financial incentives to businesses locating in this community.
Petty politics is never pretty.
One of the rules of hardball Chicago politicians is, "Don't get mad, get even."
That's the only logical explanation for the foolish joint decision by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to deny media credentials to a veteran Springfield journalist.
A municipality victimized by a record embezzlement has landed on its feet.
The small town of Dixon struggled financially with budget problems for 20 years, the victim of an astounding embezzlement by its longtime controller Rita Crundwell.
Knuckleheads using Twitter created quite an unnecessary stir.
The self-flagellation over moronic tweets directed at University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise has come to an apparent conclusion, the final chapter — at least for now — played out at the Krannert Center on a cold Thursday night.
A special committee has dumped the touchy subject of K-12 school funding on our risk-averse state legislators.
Illinois' K-12 school funding formula is so important that many people care about it and so complicated that few people understand it.
The planned construction of a new local office for Yahoo is on the fast track to open this fall.
The weather could have been better, but even the snow and ice couldn't dim the excitement surrounding Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony at the University of Illinois Research Park.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' decision to skip joint appearance with his primary opponents is a disservice to the public.
With just six weeks to go before the March 18 primary election, it's time for Republican and Democratic voters to start sizing up candidates running in contested party races.
One of Urbana's oldest and biggest trees finally is on the chopping block.
Nothing lasts forever, even if it gives the impression of having been around forever.
Political accountability is non-existent when legislators use gamesmanship to escape answering to the voters.
Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin this week proposed a great idea that doesn't have a chance of becoming law.