Earmark ban keeps members of Congress from funding priority projects
Doug Wilson

Earmark ban keeps members of Congress from funding priority projects

Earlier this month it looked like a moratorium on congressional earmarks might end, or at least come up for a debate in Washington. Now that seems less likely. Last week the Senate Republican conference voted to keep a ban on earmarks in place. That will

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Lots of political headaches ahead in 2017
Doug Wilson

Lots of political headaches ahead in 2017

No matter how bad things look in your life, at least you're not facing the huge challenges top political figures must confront in 2017.

Illinois loses political clout as population declines
Doug Wilson

Illinois loses political clout as population declines

Illinois lost more residents than any other state in the most recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The loss of an estimated 37,508 people between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, is a big concern in its own right.

Backlog of unpaid bills builds as budget crisis drags on
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Backlog of unpaid bills builds as budget crisis drags on

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza's Twitter account tells part of the sad story of the Illinois budget impasse. A Tweet from last Monday shows the state's backlog of payables was at $11,348,292,450.40. A Tweet from one week earlier showed the backlog wa

States vary on tax, spending priorities
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States vary on tax, spending priorities

A snapshot of how Illinois ranks compared to the rest of the nation was released last week by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. Although the study is heavy on numbers, it is worth a quick look.

Quincy tax plan offers wildly differing numbers
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Quincy tax plan offers wildly differing numbers

Math and politics don't always mix well. A property tax levy that was discussed at last week's meeting of the Quincy City Council is a case in point.

It's time to get down to specifics, drop the stereotypes
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It's time to get down to specifics, drop the stereotypes

Stereotypes that tend to run wild during political campaigns are worse than useless -- they're harmful, and they don't stop on Election Day.

Polls failed to predict which voters would turn out
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Polls failed to predict which voters would turn out

How could so many polls be so wrong, in so many places? That was the question asked repeatedly as election results started to come in Tuesday night with Donald Trump winning several battleground states where he had trailed slightly in recent polls.

Odd election cycle guaranteed to disappoint this week and for years to come
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Odd election cycle guaranteed to disappoint this week and for years to come

A majority of Americans will be disappointed in the election results this week. That's an election prediction that's pretty easy to back up. The Democrats and Republicans have presidential nominees who have the highest negatives in the modern era. Polls c