Pennsylvania sets an example

Then there was one.

After a nine-month budget standoff, the governor and Legislature have made a deal on a spending plan for the current fiscal year.

Government picks winner

Anti-trust litigation filed against Tribune Publishing is proof that government officials live in an alternative universe.

When the U.S. Justice Department recently went to federal court to block a bid by the Tribune Publishing Co. to buy two California newspapers, it wasn't hard to read the handwriting on the wall.

Applications are on file

The competition is fierce in the contest to fill a vacancy on the city council in Champaign.

It's so much easier getting appointed to a seat on the city council than it is to get elected.

Another championship

The University of Illinois wrestling team continues to compete at a high level.

The Fighting Illini wrestling team, led by Isaiah Martinez, made a big splash over the weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Three members of the team earned All-American honors.

Obama in Havana

Cuba's descent into irrelevance made a presidential trip possible.

A 50-year-plus policy of political and diplomatic isolation went up in smoke Sunday when President Barack Obama's plane landed in Havana, Cuba.

It's just a short visit — Obama leaves today — but no one should downplay the significance, at least as it relates to this country and Cuba.

Addition by subtraction

The White Sox found an unusual way to save $13 million.

Chicago has a new controversy, but don't worry.

Nothing could be finer than a crisis that is minor, and this one sure is.

Tax study cites Illinois

If Illinois taxpayers feel beleaguered — and many of them do — there's a good reason why.

Taxes at all levels in Illinois are high — but just how high may come as a surprise.

The personal finance website, WalletHub, studied each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and concluded that the Land of Lincoln is the worst state to be a taxpayer.

A media monopoly?

An anti-trust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department demonstrates the disconnect between the public sector and the private.

The media landscape has shifted dramatically over the past 15 years, one major consequence being tough economic times for the newspaper industry.

More make-believe

After an electoral respite from reality, it's time for more unreality.

Now that primary election day is over, it's back to business in Illinois.

It's always nice to have distractions that take people's minds off their problems. But one of the problems with problems is that, if ignored, they don't go away. They frequently get worse.

Judicial politics

A Washington-based federal judge from the Chicago area is the man of the hour.

If this was an ordinary year, federal appeals court judge and Illinois native Merrick Garland would likely enjoy a relatively easy road to confirmation for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.