The governor's proposed $42 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 already is shot — it's back to the drawing board to determine how Illinois will cope with the serious decline in state income tax and sales tax revenues.
With smaller communities cut off from federal funds appropriated to states and big cities to help offset the economic impacts of the coronavirus, the Illinois Municipal League hopes to persuade Gov. J.B. Pritzker to funnel some of the aid the state receives to cities other than Chicago.
Recently, a friend asked whether I preferred electing or appointing judges. Both have strengths and weaknesses. While both involve politics, I think that the appointing authorities typically know more about the prospective judge than does the typical voter. They have the benefit of a process…
The dog days of August are still a few months away, but days for dogs have arrived in late March and early April as homebound pet owners head outside with leash in hand to get some exercise.
While Dr. James Leonard says that he, like everybody else, is 'paddling upstream' in the face of the pandemic, the situation is manageable — for now.
Since misery loves company, people can take some solace with the admonition that we're all in this together. Because we are all in this together, right? Well, maybe not as much as some people might hope.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who is joined by the sheriff’s association, denounced J.B. Pritzker’s decision to stop accepting inmates who have been sentenced to prison into state prisons as a selfish display that makes life easier for the state but harder for local sheriffs.
'My experience as an organizer and grassroots leader in this community since 2000 has taught me how to bring people together to address serious issues.'
He's dominating the news, making daily announcements of his most recent decisions regarding the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Calm, businesslike, well-spoken, the governor has acquitted himself nicely in the spotlight.
Today, there are many who advocate a “Medicare for All” approach as a way of providing universal health care for U.S. citizens. Listening to a recent NPR radio interview of a young woman who supports such an approach, I realized she thinks the program will provide all of her medical needs fr…
Illinois is still a corrupt state, and the dominoes continue to fall. As they do, more details have leaked out about how and when these investigations began and where they are going.
The virus, it seems, is not only wreaking havoc on daily life in Illinois, but its economic impact is expected to wreck the state’s already pathetic financial standing.
The question on everyone’s mind, of course, is how bad the spread of the coronavirus will get. Scare stories that run every day include more diagnosed, more hospitalized and more deaths.
Those who are feeling down and out are not alone. Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect people in a variety of ways, everything from the personal to the psychological.
The obvious fact is that everyone is affected by the disruption of their daily routines — some more adversely than others but, nonetheless, all one way or another.
Katherine Kennard’s brief life seems to have been a series of frustrations, ending tragically outside the Chicago hotel where, as a delegate to the first meeting of the League of Women Voters, she was struck by a car.
As the governor's withering rhetoric indicates, the powers that be do not appreciate being told the emperor has no clothes. Each of these four analysts has been subjected to criticism of their work.
Racial oppression remains the United States’ most vexing problem. The struggle against it involves efforts to annihilate impediments and eliminate injustices, as well as rectify inequalities and elevate the voices and decision-making of the oppressed. As part of this fight, it is necessary t…
This isn’t the first time that a global pandemic affected life in central Illinois. And the government's advice to citizens today is remarkably similar to what it was in 1918 and 1919, when the Spanish flu pandemic hit home.
Because of the state's problems with declining population, Illinois is a sure bet to lose at least one U.S. House seat. But that might not be the final number, as a study recently released by the Brookings Institution advises.
What has happened over the last 25 years to make even a mediocre athletic program like Illinois’ so wealthy? Television — and more precisely, the Big Ten Network. But it’s anyone’s guess how long the gravy train will last.
Former Justice Charles Freeman, who died recently at 86, was the court's first black justice, and the thing about firsts is that there is only one of them. That’s why the March 17 primary in Cook County to fill his vacant First District (Cook County) seat is so interesting.
SPRINGFIELD — One of the things I admire about U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is how openly she speaks about growing up with an alcoholic parent.