Opinions

Miller: Why Rauner's top, most loyal political aide had to leave
Jul 24, 2017

In the end, Mike "Z" Zolnierowicz had only one choice. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s top political lieute...

Illinois school funding reform at a critical juncture
Jul 24, 2017

Guest view After two years, six days, and 16 hours, Illinois finally passed a budget earlier t...

Rauner's staff shakeup sends clear signal of what's to come
Jul 17, 2017

Opinion  After Gov. Bruce Rauner hired Illinois Policy Institute president Kristina Rasmussen...

Reeder: Illinois could learn a thing or two from the Lone Star State
Jul 11, 2017

Opinion  LEAGUE CITY, Texas – I was in Texas last month doing some reporting and I was a bi...

Miller: It won't be long before trouble returns to the Capitol
Jul 10, 2017

After years of ugly gridlock and weeks of groups and political leaders whipping up an already dis...

Illinois House may want to rethink voting on the budget today
Jul 06, 2017

In the last week, some fast-moving developments arrived under the cover of the long July 4 weeken...

Opinion: Cutting Medicaid unravels my health
Jun 28, 2017

Opinion  I did the hard part. I ended a three-year-long toxic relationship. Now all that was...

Ives: In the end, voters must determine the fate of our state
Jun 27, 2017

Opinion  As I sit through the Special Session charade, the gears grind to a halt in Illinois:...

Miller: Rauner's 'unity' speech reaches the public, bypasses the press
Jun 26, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner regularly attempts to "go over the heads" of the news media and talk directly t...

Opinion: Inner workings of Illinois General Assembly as phony as WWE
Jun 20, 2017

Opinon  SPRINGFIELD – The punches looked mean but never connected. Like any sporting eve...

No joke: 12 reasons why you should appreciate Springfield
Jun 13, 2017

My estimable colleagues here at Crain’s displayed surgical precision last week as they systemat...

Miller: Rauner's reforms can't erase damage done by budget impasse
Jun 05, 2017

House Speaker Michael Madigan was his usual self during the final week of the General Assembly's ...

Does your child need a job? Illinois partners with Microsoft to help
Jun 02, 2017

Just when it seems there is no good news coming out of Springfield…. well, there is.  Illinois...

Does Illinois have 'plenty of room' to raise taxes?
Jun 01, 2017

Guest view One side on the fight over the Illinois budget recently worked to pass legislation...

Student government leaders urge action on Illinois higher education
May 31, 2017

Guest view Nearly one year ago, the New York Times ran a piece that declared “Higher Educati...


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