A statewide poll released last week indicated that a majority of Illinois voters say the state should balance the budget through spending cuts -- without any tax increases.
Most of the news coverage about tax options in Illinois has focused on income taxes that might be raised as part of a budget deal between lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner. Sales tax changes also are under consideration.
As so often happens in partisan circles, the tactics used against one political party a few years ago are now being turned against the other party.
A member of the Kennedy family is vowing that Gov. Bruce Rauner will face opposition in his expected re-election campaign. Chris Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, announced last week that he'll run for Illinois governor in 2018.
Pressure on the Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner to end a budget impasse could get more intense very soon. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request to end a court injunction could put a stop to paychecks for state workers by the end of February.
Poll after poll shows how tired Americans are of the bitter political divide. It would be easy to blame politicians who poison public discourse. But there are lots of other polls showing that Americans themselves are becoming more politically divided. So
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
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.