I-72 expansion near Hannibal on hold for now
Doug Wilson

I-72 expansion near Hannibal on hold for now

The Missouri Department of Transportation's request that interstate status along I-72/U.S. 36 be extended from Hannibal to the junction with U.S. 24 has been denied -- for now.

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Kennedy to run for governor; Redmon gets lots of work
Doug Wilson

Kennedy to run for governor; Redmon gets lots of work

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.

Court filing could bring Illinois budget train wreck to a halt
Doug Wilson

Court filing could bring Illinois budget train wreck to a halt

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.

Hate the political rancor? Take your share of the blame
Doug Wilson

Hate the political rancor? Take your share of the blame

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

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

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
Doug Wilson

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
Doug Wilson

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
Doug Wilson

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.