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  • Illinois road, bridge maintenance funding looks bleak

    Money to maintain Illinois highways and bridges drops steeply in the coming year and could lead to significantly deteriorated roadways in the next five years unless officials find a fix, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration said Thursday. The Illinois...
  • Illinois House Democrats reject right-to-work measure

    Illinois House Democrats Thursday voted down a right-to-work plan closely mirroring Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of unions, in an attempt to pressure the Republican governor in contentious budget...
  • How to catch up on the pension crisis (if you haven't been listening for the past 10 years)

    How to catch up on the pension crisis (if you haven't been listening for the past 10 years)
    Explain this pension thing to me, please. As the newest member of the Tribune Editorial Board, I knew coming in about a month ago that I was enrolling in a crash-course on the Illinois pension crisis. Trouble is, there’s so much homework I&...
  • Lay off the layoff idea for state workers

    Lay off the layoff idea for state workers
    It's not possible. It's not legal. It's not practical. It's not fair. And it's not economical. Other than that, the suggestion offered to Gov. Bruce Rauner on these pages Tuesday is a good one. "Lay off the entire state workforce, and close the...
  • Reeder: Public employee unions may regret pension law ruling

    Reeder: Public employee unions may regret pension law ruling
    Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. Public employee unions had their hopes fulfilled last week when the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that their members' pension benefits cannot be reduced because it violates a...
  • CTA trimming budget for proposed Rauner cuts

    CTA trimming budget for proposed Rauner cuts
    The CTA is taking the first steps to absorb as much as $130 million in threatened state funding cuts that transit agency officials have repeatedly warned would lead to big fare hikes, service cuts and employee layoffs, the CTA's top finance expert...
  • Will Sen. Althoff stand for taxpayers?

    Will Sen. Althoff stand for taxpayers?
    This is a story about a bill that would make useless local governments disappear. Watch this carefully, because it's the guts of the bill that might vanish before your eyes. The Illinois House last month passed the bill, which was sponsored by state...
  • Alan Dixon honored with naming of state museum building

    The state's top leaders paid tribute to an Illinois political force by naming a state museum building after Alan J. Dixon. The family of the longtime state government officeholder and two-term U.S. senator attended the ceremony Wednesday at the museum...
  • Gov. Rauner endorses state Sen. Darin LaHood for Congress

    Gov. Bruce Rauner kicked off Darin LaHood's congressional campaign by endorsing the Peoria Republican for the open 18th District seat. The first-term GOP governor said Wednesday that LaHood favors "limited government, low taxes, individual liberties...
  • Illinois' actual constitution problem

    Illinois' actual constitution problem
    The Supreme Court ruling was not surprising. The constitutional law the General Assembly wrote was pretty clear. What should have been argued to the court was the fact the state lawmakers gave themselves a pay raise and then passed a constitutional...
  • Excerpts from recent editorials in Illinois newspapers

    May 8, 2015 The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan A step toward ending the pot war Lives wasted. Billions spent. The decriminalization of marijuana isn't merely right-minded social policy. It's the fiscally conservative thing to do. Legislation to make...