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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...
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 09:02 am

Why government costs can’t go down

Find a cure for Baumol’s Disease and you will be hailed as the benefactor of millions, even though the only people it harms are politicians. Baumol’s Disease strikes the body politic, spec...
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 02:55 am

A classic liberal and a traditional conservative are in a tight race for the new 13th Congressional District

David Gill is an unabashed liberal, even in a time when “liberal” is a dirty word.Gill is running for Congress in the 13th Congressional District as a Democrat, hoping to finally secure th...
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 06:01 am

Video gambling gets off to a slow start

The best way to curb gambling might be for the state of Illinois to legalize it.The going has been slow since lawmakers more than three years ago approved video gambling outside casinos. Only last spr...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 06:33 pm

Congress’ inaction affects farmers, low-income families

As Congress wrestles over an agriculture bill that will set policy for the next five years, local farmers and ag experts worry the delay could endanger a variety of important programs when the current...

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