Editorials

Redistricting plan is in deep trouble

The current fight over the proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting is not governed by Marquess of Queensbury rules.

The recent machinations of the State Board of Elections should dispel any lingering faith that government in Illinois is on the up and up, assuming any faith still lingered.


Truth or consequences?

The notion that disinterested third parties can police election campaigns has a surface appeal but a disastrous effect.

It's unfortunate, but true, that among the tactics used in political campaigns are untruths, half-truths and opinions asserted as truth.


Governor's race is heating up

The Republican candidate for governor didn't strike political gold last week, but he definitely struck a nerve.


Just say no?

A lot of foolishness could be avoided if someone just said, "Let's think about this for a moment."

Bad things can happen when no one has the stomach to tell the boss no.

That's one of the lessons to draw from the fallout of the great Twitter caper that resulted in Peoria becoming a national laughingstock last March.


More dollars down the drain

Champaign County taxpayers will continue to enjoy the privilege of electing a recorder of deeds. Ain't that grand?

Champaign County Board members' decision to turn their collective back on a plan to merge the recorder's office with that of the clerk is no great crime of governance.


Board weighs officers' role

Despite some objections, the presence of police officers in Champaign schools has worked as intended.

Champaign school board members, concerned about costs and perceptions, are in the midst of considering whether to keep police officers in five local schools.


Shut up, pay up

It's no fun to be on the receiving end of raw governmental power.

Angry residents of the Stone Creek subdivision in southeast Urbana showed up at a public hearing this week to protest its planned annexation to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.


Big dog goes down

Results from Tuesday's primary election in Virginia have sent shock waves through the nation's capital.

Republicans in Washington, D.C., are stunned while Democrats are gloating over the big election news.


Guilty verdict

Another one bites the dust.

Public corruption long ago ceased to be a major surprise in Illinois.


In your pocket one more time

If you need proof that some of our elected officials live in a bubble, consider the proposed fine schedule for parking meter violations in Champaign.

City council members in Champaign may not think it's a big deal, but a tentative decision to jack fines for parking tickets through the roof is a real slap in the face.


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