Ever downward

Failing to decide about how to fix our sorry state is deciding to fail.

The state of Illinois — the city of Aurora and its environs, specifically — got some bad news recently when Caterpillar announced it was closing a machine production facility there and eliminating about 800 jobs.

As bad news goes, it could have been worse.

Failure across the board

Is Illinois really one of 50 states in the United States? Or is it some kind of alternative universe of government dysfunction?

Members of the Illinois Senate aren't scheduled to reconvene until April 25. Their counterparts in the Illinois House are holding a few committee meetings this week, but doing little else.

United in bad decisions

Is the customer always right?

United Airlines didn't do itself any favors over the weekend when it became embroiled in an avoidable dispute over the ejection from one of its flights of a seated passenger who had paid for his ticket.

Education reform?

Limited financial resources require government to spend wisely. So why does government in Illinois waste so much money?

How much money can the people of Illinois afford to squander on unnecessary units of government?

Pritzker throws wallet into ring

Several Democrats are competing for the right to take on Illinois' Republican governor in 2018.

Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has become the latest Democrat to jump into the next year's battle to oust Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner from office.

But first, he'll have to take on a slew of Democrats in the March 2018 party primary election.

Free at last

It looks as if a bureaucratic battle over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has come to a merciful end.

Establishing Springfield's Abraham Lincoln library and museum as a free-standing state agency could have been done two years ago. But it's better late than never.

Democrats tout their agenda

With the 2018 election in sight, legislative Democrats are telling the public where they want to take the state of Illinois.

When then-candidate Bruce Rauner ran for governor of Illinois, his campaign was based on energizing the state's economy, reforming state government and straightening out the state's desperate financial woes.

Nursing home's future up in air

Public patience finally ran out.

Champaign County voters spoke clearly Tuesday — they want out of the nursing home business.

The question, however, is whether a sufficient number of county board members heard that call and will move quickly to sell the nursing home to a private operator.

Justice Gorsuch?

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in early 2016 set off a huge political battle over the future of the federal courts.

By the end of the week — come hell or high water — the nomination of federal appeals court Judge Neal Gorsuch likely will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Then the nation's highest court will be back to full strength at nine members.

Collateral damage

When the financial wheels of state government come off, bad things happen.