Local Opinion

Governor who pledged to ‘shake up Springfield’ has done little to reform budget process

Instead of “shaking up” Springfield as he promised four years ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner took the final step Monday to acclimating to the Illinois political culture. He went along to get along. On Monday, flanked by a bipartisan assortment of lawmakers, Rauner signed a budget that is likely somewhere between $600 million and $1.5 billion out of balance. ... more

Be the change you hope to see

Columnist urges society to care for one another and work together.... more

Misunderstood blessings

Local pastor shares thoughts on subject.... more

My commencement address no one asked for

Humor columnist shares wisdom with graduates.... more

Bipartisan education reforms announced

During the closing days of the spring session, a bipartisan Higher Education Working Group announced reforms, and the Governor presented an $11 billion construction plan to build and improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.’... more