Another glimpse of the obvious

Talk precedes action. But action doesn't necessary follow talk, at least not in Illinois.

Another report on K-12 school-funding reform — one urging more money be allocated to the states's poorest school districts — has been published.

Job security

Congress wisely intended that the director of the FBI be immune from political pressure.

James Comey is staying on under the Trump administration as director of the FBI.

That, apparently, is news in Washington, although it really shouldn't be.

Gamesmanship in the Senate

My parliamentary trick is better than yours.

The U.S. Senate is usually a place where the members go out of their way to show deference and respect for each other, a calculated attempt to make sure disputes don't get personal.

Underlings don't set policy

Going down in flames may prove to be a great career move for a veteran of the U.S. Justice Department.

Nobody ever heard of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates until she was no longer the acting attorney general.

Travel ban draws fire

Major changes in policy, particularly controversial ones, must be conceived, introduced and implemented with great care.

The Trump administration's clumsy rollout of a travel ban on some foreign national seeking entry into the United States created a firestorm in some segments of the country.

Think first, post later

Don't shoot off a toe with an itchy Twitter finger.

"I shouldn't have done it. It was a lapse in judgment."

How many times have people heard that one in the age of Twitter and Facebook? How many similar laments can they expect in the future?

Too many to count is probably the best guess.

Paying the price

Rep. Scott Drury, a Democratic member of the Illinois House from Highwood, got clocked, and that wasn't the worst of it.

Everybody, including state Rep. Scott Drury, D-Highwood, knows members of the Democratic caucus of the Illinois House don't mess with Speaker Michael Madigan.

New angle on budget battle

The attorney general is trying to force a settlement of Illinois' budget dispute by obtaining a court order denying salaries to state workers.

The budget fight was a mess before Attorney General Lisa Madigan considerably complicated it last week by asking the courts to block the state from paying its 62,000 employees if a budget agreement is not reached by Feb. 28.

Trump's choice sure to rile Dems

The real fireworks in the nation's capital have not yet begun.

Congressional Democrats, to say the least, are not coping well with the early actions of the new Trump administration.

State of state is unacceptable

Any state budget deal must establish sound spending priorities and provide the foundation to fund them for the long term.

Gov. Bruce Rauner put on his cheerleader outfit Wednesday, expressing satisfaction with some achievements during his first two years but urging legislators to work together on a bipartisan basis to lift Illinois out of its degraded state.