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    Will Illinois school aid formula get a makeover?

    People in Illinois hear a lot about schools not getting enough funding from the state, but not much about an effort afoot in Springfield to develop a fairer way to distribute the money.

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    Gas tax hike is nonstarter

    There's a reason the group Transportation for Illinois Coalition is having trouble finding a state lawmaker to sponsor their tax ideas. The timing is terrible.

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    How many hours did the County Board work?

    The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is tidying up in St. Clair County government, but too bad it didn't do the deep cleaning that the taxpayers who help fund public pensions deserve.

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    Belleville's actions don't match Eckert's words

    In August, Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert sold the sales tax extension as a way to add at least two police officers to the force. Residents and business owners were clear that they supported the 0.25 cent tax as a way for the city to hire more officers.

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    Two tales of tax spending

    When it comes to saving money, not all federal agencies think fiscal responsibility.

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    Finally, a death sentence for Gregory A. Bowman

    Time dulls the jagged edges of evil, so we have an obligation to remind one another and teach youngsters so that the acts are not reduced to icons and abstractions. We teach about suffering by victims of Hitler, Stalin and other pogroms for that reason.

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    Our valued county leaders

    Our ongoing effort to tell taxpayers what they are paying their public employees yielded some interesting results this past week when St. Clair County’s 2013 payroll was published.

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    Our township time machine

    We were reminded of a couple quotes following the annual meeting Tuesday of Belleville Township.

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    We vote 'yes' to cut precincts

    We've used a lot of ink railing against the existence of the East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners as a $600,000 expense that the city can ill afford and St. Clair County could easily absorb at a fraction of the cost. That remains our stance.

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    Home buying made too easy

    Gov. Pat Quinn, in a campaign to make home ownership more accessible, is touting the new "Welcome Home Illinois" loan program for first-time home buyers.

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