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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Rauner wants to give ailing Illinois a dose of California

It was sometime just after the new millennium, I think, that Illinois political leaders first started to resemble the first guy through the broken store window crying “Justice!” while looting a TV...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 am

First full-scale carbon sequestration site planned near Jacksonville

 Illinois is one step closer this week to becoming the home of the nation’s first “clean coal” facility, planned near Jacksonville.The federally backed FutureGen 2.0 project aims to capture...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:01 am

The CEC pushes government into the 20th century

 The citizens panel gathered to find what it called opportunities for economy in the provision of public services in Springfield and Sangamon County. Upon investigation, they found that the cemet...
Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:01 am

Basing representation on demography, not geography

 In a country where people of like social class (and thus political views) tend to huddle together like bison in a blizzard, defining the geographical reach of a given legislative district goes a...
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 12:01 am

TIF projects are a bad bet for 186 schools

 This caught my attention while reading the paper the other day – caught my attention in the same way that swallowing something unexpectedly nasty catches one’s attention. In the estimation o...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am
The headlines all say that the General Assembly has reformed Illinois’ public employee pension system. The headlines lie. Legislators didn’t reform what has become an unworkable system, although t...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 02:54 am

Politics isn’t the only bar to merit hiring

Baptists have had more success against sin in Illinois than merit-hiring advocates have had against patronage. As I noted the other day, political patronage has been a factor in hiring in State of Ill...
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 04:57 pm

How to really help the veteran

Illinois legislators and governors have a soft spot for heroes. I know that because they do so much to create them. The administrators of adoption agencies that find ways to keep going when the state ...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 06:52 am

Does a residency rule make sense?

Making one’s address a condition of employment is one of those latent viruses that reside in the American body politic, and which flares up in full-blown symptoms every few decades. Residency re...

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