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    Waiting on the state

    Every year, Illinois taxpayers send money to Washington and Springfield with the expectation that a fair share will be returned to their community to pay for services such as education. But what happens when government doesn’t keep its end of the bargain? The taxpayers of the Triad School...

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    A new Christmas tradition is born

    The warm temperatures this past weekend may have been out of place for December, but there definitely was a feeling of Christmas in the air in downtown Belleville.

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    Pension case on the fast track

    The Illinois Supreme Court gets it. The justices have agreed to fast track the case challenging Illinois’ government pension reforms. That means they understand the state is in dire financial shape and future spending hangs on the case’s outcome. Illinois’ pension debt is more...

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    Madison County: Still America’s lawsuit field of dreams

    If awards were given to courts that made the biggest impact in mega litigation, Madison County would surely be in the hall of fame.

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    St. Elizabeth’s Hospital question must move past parochialism

    Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Bolingbrook is the final showdown for the state certificate stating there is a need for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to move from Belleville to O’Fallon. The fact that this feels like a showdown is possibly the heart of the problem.

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    Fight for racial justice is far from over

    Just because our older relatives rarely use the N-word, just because we watched “12 Years a Slave” and just because we twice elected a black man as our nation’s president does not mean race relations are where they should be.

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    Finish business for Topinka

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had a long, accomplished political career and nothing left to prove. At age 70 she easily could have decided to retire when her term ended in January. Instead, she ran again, and won, because she said there was unfinished business she still wanted to accomplish...

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    Republicans whiff on retirement bill

    What an easy lob to Republican state legislators. A Democratic senator, Daniel Biss of Evanston, was tossing them a chance to be on the right side of history. Biss asked them to support a clever savings plan to help as many as 2.5 million Illinoisans – mostly working- and middle-class –...

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    Playing defense on fraud

    You’d think that an $8.8 billion, eight-year government contract would be enough to keep any business happy, but not Supreme Foodservice GmbH. Company officials padded profits by marking up the cost of food and water being purchased for our troops in Afghanistan and overcharging TRANSCOM, ...

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    Big wins with consolidation

    Citizens in Madison County will ask fellow voters next year to consolidate three school districts into one, and this is one of those times when less would be more – for both taxpayers and students.

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