Lonely voice in the wilderness

When it comes to one controversial issue, a Democratic candidate for governor has the field almost entirely to himself.

State Rep. Scott Drury, the little-known Highwood Democrat who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, long ago alienated Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan by refusing to adhere to Madigan's dictates.

Going nowhere fast?

There's no good reason why Democrats and Republicans can't find common ground on the school funding reform issue.

The political fat is in the fire in Springfield — once again.

Road to ruin?

Dying isn't much of a living.

It was, for a variety of reasons, a long time coming. But a Champaign County jury's recent guilty verdict in a 3-year-old homicide closes the book on a case that spawned dozens of shootings in Champaign-Urbana.

Council gets on board

A police review board, by itself, is neither good nor bad. It's the quality of appointees who make that determination.

After years of off-and-on discussions about establishing a police review board, city council members in Champaign have decided that time has finally come.

Mooch, we hardly knew ye

The act of President Donald Trump's new communications director got old pretty fast.

Somewhere in the annals of Washington political history, there must have been someone who crashed and burned faster than the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

Your tax dollars at work

If you've ever wondered if federal bureaucrats sit around trying to figure out new ways to squander public dollars, here's the answer — that's exactly what they do.

The road to hell sometimes is paved with good intentions, but even more frequently outright stupidity.

Dollar signs dictate action

Circumstances at the Champaign County Nursing Home appear hopeless.

Nine Champaign County officials last week gave county board members some good advice, suggesting they sell the nursing home "as soon as practicable to a reasonable buyer."

If they wish to maintain the viability of county government, board members should take that advice and run with it.

Pay up

The tax man is getting ready to pay an unwelcome visit to Cook County residents.

Last month, when a Chicago judge put a planned penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks on hold, it seemed like a long shot that opponents could defeat the tax in court. After all, government's power to tax is incredibly broad.

White House Tweety Bird

Our mercurial, unconventional, eccentric president goes on the attack against his own appointee.

As each day begins in Washington, D.C., insiders ask themselves a most pressing question: "What nasty statement is President Donald Trump going to make about his attorney general today?"

It's strange, but true.

Why not Illinois?

Illinois not only isn't competitive with neighboring states, it's also not trying to be competitive with neighboring states.

What's good for Wisconsin isn't necessarily bad for Illinois.