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.

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.

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.

Deaf hearing

What voters don't know won't hurt Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election bid.

The loss of $55 million of taxpayers' money is no joke, but one wouldn't know that based on the dog-and-pony show put on by Republican and Democratic legislators Wednesday in Chicago.

Budget blues

If you don't ask, you don't get.

It's more fun to be around optimists than pessimists, but it's a foolish optimist who can't read the handwriting on the wall.

The rains came

Water — not enough of it or too much — is something people don't think much about until it's too late.

Last weekend's storms serve as a reminder — if one were needed — of the damage and inconvenience caused by heavy rain in a short period of time.

Much ado about nothing

If you're waiting for a scintillating discussion of the issues in the gubernatorial race, don't hold your breath.

"Candidates trade charges," read a recent headline about the gubernatorial race between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

Michael's move

It's always a good sign when other schools hire University of Illinois employees.

Congratulations are due to former Fighting Illini basketball player and current senior associate athletic director Tom Michael.