Tax law trumps tutorial

Delivering lectures on taxes others should pay isn't nearly as effective as revising the tax code.

Pay freeze?

How bitter will the public employee pension medicine be?

Illinois is in desperate financial straits, a circumstance driven in large part by the crippling costs of pensions for public employees.

A neighborhood under attack

The casualty list will continue to rise if the shooting doesn't stop.

After the second fatal shooting in less than a month in Champaign, it seems clear that more than defiant rhetoric is required to quell the violence.

No privacy in public business

Can an organization be private when virtually its entire premise is predicated on public resources? The courts will decide.

The Illinois High School Association rubs a lot of people the wrong way, sometimes for good reason and sometimes not.

Language barrier

Legislators who pass laws without studying the language or contemplating the consequences help keep the courts busy.

President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act faces another serious legal challenge, one caused either by sloppy statutory language or an ill-advised and unconstitutional power grab.

Explanation due

Government works best when it explains itself.

The Illinois State Police have a big job on their hands reviewing thousands of applications for concealed-carry permits.

More talks

Iran is interested in talking about dismantling its nuclear program, not actually dismantling it.

Six months was plenty of time to work out a deal on Iran's nuclear weapons program until it became not enough.

A taxing debate

Voters are now free to examine the rival tax plans presented by the candidates for governor.

Gov. Pat Quinn already is on record as an advocate of tax increases in his campaign for re-election.

Motion denied

A plan for legislative term limits in Illinois is officially off the table.

Cook County Circuit Judge Mary Mikva pulled the plug in late June on two proposed constitutional amendments, ruling that proposals for legislative term limits and bipartisan map drawing for House and Senate districts ran afoul of the Illinois Constitution.

Food fight?

Athletes can be "hungry" for a win — or just hungry

The University of Illinois didn't wait long to act after the NCAA gave its formal approval to unlimited meals and snacks for college athletes.