Trump's drama in Cleveland

Republican National Convention goes off script, but it apparently doesn't matter. Donald Trump is the message.

If any other presidential nominee had had a national convention like the one Republicans put on this week, that candidate would be in trouble.

Knockout in first round?

Cook County judge slams the Independent Map Amendment. The Illinois Supreme Court may decide whether voters will get the chance to reform legislative redistricting.

The Independent Map Amendment lost Round 1. Supporters are hoping for a win in Round 2.

Restoring grandeur

The Illinois Executive Mansion has been a low priority on the state's capital-needs list. Donors are needed to rescue the crumbling 1855 historic residence.

The governor's mansion should be Illinois' front door, where visiting heads of state, artists, entrepreneurs and regular folks are greeted and welcomed to the Land of Lincoln.

Beautiful balloons

An old, but not forgotten, spectacle returned to Danville last weekend: hot-air balloons.

"Up, up and away," indeed.

It has been 15 years since Vermilion County hosted a hot-air balloon festival. It was like seeing an old friend.

Balloons Over Vermilion was held last weekend at the Vermilion Regional Airport on Danville's north side. It was an unqualified success.

Ginsburg goes rogue

It's not often comments from a U.S. Supreme Court justice shake up Washington.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week shocked friends and foes with what can only be called a double-gaffe.

Tell us something we don't know

Do political contributions play an outsized role in government decisions? Absolutely.

A recent poll of Chicago business leaders reveals what most people intuitively suspect about the relationship between money and politics in the Windy City — or anywhere else.

State must expand economy

As has become her habit, Comptroller Leslie Munger last week dropped some more financial bad news on the people of Illinois.

No big break for Blago

As he approaches resentencing, no one should forget the length and breadth of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's criminality.

When former Gov. Blagojevich was sentenced after his conviction on a broad array of corruption charges, U.S. Judge James Zagel dropped the hammer on him.

Time to go

The Illinois political scandal most people have forgotten hasn't gone away.

The heat just keeps getting more intense for Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino.

Will commission get job done?

Politicians from both parties are organizing a united front on the issue of school funding.

After a special Illinois Senate committee examined the question of the state's school funding formula, the Illinois House appointed a committee of its own to do the same.