Are cameras too candid?

Is there any better evidence than video of a crime as it is taking place?

Some people may be uncomfortable with the concept of security cameras that record what happens in public places.

Smart borrowing?

Hey buddy, can you spare $6 billion?

How smart is it to borrow from Peter to pay Paul?

Not smart at all, although those with vivid imaginations can conjure up a scenario where it might make sense.

School-funding formula is next big fight

The battle of wills between legislative Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner continues.

An uneasy peace — defined as the absence of open conflict — has descended on Springfield in the aftermath of last week's budget battle.

Tough guy turns tail

How did our politics ever get so rotten?

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey this week wrapped up a bizarre political corruption case that represents Exhibit A for the proposition that our public servants can sometimes be serious enemies of the people they purport to serve.

New hands on deck

Unhappy with being bested in the state's budget/tax battle, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is shaking up his staff.

The Democrats' clear victory last week over Gov. Rauner on the state tax and budget issue has shaken the political landscape in Springfield.

A matter of opinion

When is a state budget balanced in Illinois?

It's a rare state of the 50 states that doesn't have occasional financial problems of one kind of another.

Illinois' economy still faltering

What, if anything, is going to be done to boost Illinois' sluggish economy?

This country got some good news last week when the U.S. Labor Department produced its June report on job growth. Employers added 222,000 jobs, increasing opportunities for new entrants to the job market as well as those who had given up looking for work.

A senseless (literally) crime

A hate crime in Champaign-Urbana? Here's the rest of the story.

Champaign-Urbana, the proud home of the University of Illinois, has more than its share of flaws.

But it doesn't have as many flaws as some of its detractors wish it did.

A budget? Sort of

Legislators may have passed a budget, but the state's serious fiscal problems remain.

Illinois' epic budget battle ended Thursday after 737 days of increasing financial chaos that strained the operation of public universities, caused some social service agencies that rely on state dollars to close and pushed the state's backlog of unpaid bills to around $15 billion.

Who needs an insider?

Outsiders have served Illinois well in the past. Why not again?

President Donald Trump, acting on the advice of state Republicans, recently nominated Chicago lawyer John Lausch to be the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.