By Elizabeth Powers
A recent flap between the state and its employees over a private, for-profit firm's contract to help "scrub" the Medicaid rolls of undeserving recipients became a lightning rod in the debate over the unionization of public workers. Some have complained that union agreements took priority over enormous savings to the taxpayer.
By Bill Fleischli
A new effort looming in the Illinois Legislature could make driving even more expensive by moving Illinois from the highest fuel prices in the Midwest and vaulting us toward the highest fuel prices in the entire nation.
By William C. Bailey
By Brian J. Gaines
By Chad Hays
Welcome to the land of make believe — Springfield. A place where spending more money than in any year in history is presented by the governor as a spending cut.
By Jack Darin
By Dannel McCollum
The Champaign Unit 4 school administration and board are relentless in their determination to create a new high school campus somewhere in north nowhere. This would entail land acquisition for which the district apparently has cash on hand.
By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
Those who question the fundamental value of a college degree need to stand back and accept undisputed facts.
By Mike Pemberton
A blessing and burden of small-town life is the need for people to participate in a variety of activities. Some are predictable — school fundraising, church socials — others come out of nowhere.
By Nancy Hudspeth
Everyone knows that the state of Illinois faces a dire fiscal situation. This is often blamed on elected officials' mismanagement and short-term thinking. But what most people don't realize is that a significant cause of Illinois' worst-in-the-nation budget crisis is more mundane than that: poor budget practices.