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What Kennedy did was not illegal, but he may have led supporters astray.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy didn't do his supporters at the University of Illinois any favor recently when he sent them a combined campaign announcement and solicitation for contributions.

Battling Illinois' budget blues

After an unprecedented 20-month standoff, Gov. Bruce Rauner and state legislators must find common ground on a broad-based budget agreement.

Anyone looking for signs of a budget rapprochement between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic Legislature couldn't have been reassured by the anger on display last week when Rauner presented his budget address.

Another North Korean mystery

Family relationships can be fatal at the highest levels of government in North Korea.

Politics is the family business of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but not all family members are welcome to participate.

The brutally repressive, hugely impoverished country is surviving under the third generation of family leadership, starting with Kim Il Sung after World War II.

Waste of money

Consolidating voting precincts where turnout is low should be just a matter of common sense. It wasn't for the Champaign County Board.

The Champaign County Board cast a disappointing vote this week that reversed an earlier decision it made to consolidate some campus voting precincts and save some hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

Out like Flynn

One of President Trump's closest aides proved to be his own worst enemy.

The historical record will show that National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was the first major personnel casualty of the Trump administration. He lasted 24 days on the job, compared with the average stint of 2.6 years for individuals in that position.

Sorry lapse of judgment

A completely avoidable manhunt is underway.

It's clear now that the law enforcement response to the New Year's morning interstate car crash that led to the death of a Mahomet woman was little more than a tragic fiasco.

Tough medicine

People recognize how sick they are when they hear the doctor's recommendations on what's necessary to get well. It's the same for sick states like Illinois.

The state of Illinois — as has been stated in this space many times — is in deep trouble.

Playing politics in Urbana

There are so few Republicans in Urbana that they don't matter. Or do they?

There's only one contest in Champaign County's Feb. 28 primary election, but it's a really big one.

Urbana Alderwoman Diane Marlin is challenging longtime Mayor Laurel Prussing in the three-way Democratic Party primary. The third candidate is Evelyn Underwood.

Dems look to oust Rauner

Want to be governor? Get in line.

The November 2018 gubernatorial election may be more than 20 months away, but that timeline hasn't diminished the interest of Democrats looking to knock Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner out of the state's highest office.

A healthy noncontroversy

A mob of politicians running amok could be a new symbol for state government in Illinois.

All hail state Rep. Tom Rooney, a Republican from Rolling Meadows. He has discovered a new problem in Illinois, one he intends to solve via legislation — HB 690. The good news is that it doesn't really matter if he does or not.