CURRENT NEWS

 Amid an epic state budget impasse that has curtailed social services and upped the state’s backlog of unpaid bills past $8 billion, the Illinois State Fair thrives.Claiming poverty, Gov. Bruce...
 A yearlong battle between the state and home care workers came to a head this month, with the state rescinding an unpopular policy and the governor vetoing a bill preserving the current programs...
 Possessing small amounts of marijuana is no longer a crime in Illinois, thanks to a new law which took effect in July.State lawmakers also recently loosened the rules governing the Illinois medi...
 By most accounts, Aug. 3 was an auspicious day for school funding reform in Illinois. It marked the first meeting of the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission, a bipartisan group which aims...

CAP CITY NEWS

Last week, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates, potentially freeing a Springfield man given a life sentence for possessing crack cocaine in 1997. Obama’s move also s...
Sometimes, experiments just don’t work out. The Old Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield is moving its Wednesday hours back to the morning after a brief stint in the evening. The move foll...

GUEST OPINION

I represent a unique district on the west side of Springfield and Sangamon County – one with many dedicated state workers and many others who rely on the state for funding or services. We also have...
The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, to be voted on by Congress soon, is a quilt of many colors, disparate pieces stitched together. This is a complex bill which you probably will support if you belie...

Fearful Illinoisans confront the Other

 Back in June, news got about that there was waiting on the governor’s desk a bill to set up a Muslim Advisory Council. Kumbaya gestures of this sort have long been popular among politicians pa...

A dumb old fad gets – a little – smarter

 The wonderful thing about getting older is watching people falling for the same cons their grandparents did. The Philippines invasion became Vietnam became Iraq. Trump is Buchanan again, who was...

JIM HIGHTOWER

Some corporations engage in such abusive consumer rip-offs that they’re just plain evil. But then there are some profiteers that dig even deeper into the dark void of their corporate souls to achiev...
What an amazing Democratic primary season it was. And we now have this happy result: We won!“We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressi...

RICH MILLER

An organization controlled by Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent a million dollars on a new television ad promoting legislative term limits in a little over a week. And that’s just for starters.Turnaround...
Is Illinois the next state to deal with “voter suppression”? Maybe, depending how you look at it.You may know that a conservative group filed a federal lawsuit last week to stop Illinois’ electi...

Chief hopes footage offers evidence, accountability

 Body cameras aren’t a panacea, warns Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow. Still, he believes the cameras will reinforce the fact that his officers perform their duties well.Winslow invited...

Law makes local governments announce pre-retirement pay bumps

 It’s been a not-so-secret secret in Illinois for decades, and state lawmakers are trying to drag the infamous “pension spike” into the sunlight – at least among local governments.A law s...

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