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    Still secrecy despite the law

    “Unquestionably, settlement agreements are public records under FOIA.” You can’t get much clearer than that opinion from Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, issued when St. Clair County tried to withhold the details of out-of-court settlements despite Illinois’...

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    Role models who matter most

    As we shake our head at the latest NFL player accused of domestic violence and hope against hope that Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable is not a rapist, there comes a reminder that the important role models are not on TV or online — they are on the homefront.

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    View from 30,000 feet

    Anytime you fly, it seems like a miracle when you find that it’s bright and sunny and beautiful if you just climb high enough to break through the cloud cover. It’s easy to lose sight of the aerospace manufacturer, the mechanic, the air traffic controller, the pilot and all the others...

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    No business for monkeys

    Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner on Thursday asked the outgoing administration to freeze state hiring, appointments and job reclassifications. To paraphrase, he said there’s no indication of monkey business, but based on past experience it is wise to ask our lame-chimp administration to refrain...

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    Crazy costs in Caseyville

    We hate to think about the tens of thousands of dollars Caseyville has spent trying to fire Police Chief Jose Alvarez.

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    Fixing the jail

    Last fall, Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan said it would be “irresponsible” to use county reserves to fund renovation work at the Madison County Jail. But on Wednesday, that’s exactly what the County Board agreed to do.

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    Go slow on school funding formula changes

    Suddenly state Democratic House members who didn’t see changing the school funding formula as a priority in the spring can hardly wait to take action. They want a vote by January, and say it’s urgent that they do so to ensure educational equity and efficient use of taxes.

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    State can’t help Metro East Police Commission without details

    The police departments in Alorton, Brooklyn, East St. Louis and Washington Park call them evidence “vaults,” but “sieves” might be a more appropriate description.

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    Investing is Prenzler’s job

    Some Madison County Democrats want to pay a consulting firm $28,500 to find out how to make more interest on the county’s investments. Here’s our free advice to them: Don’t spend money hiring a consultant as the County Board’s finance committee recommended last week. ...

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    St. Elizabeth’s project addresses needs of patients

    In my role with HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, I analyze health care data, which we use to objectively and thoughtfully plan for how to deliver the highest quality and most effective health care services. All of our planning has one goal in mind: to ensure we meet the needs of our patients...

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