Editorials

Editorials

So how much teacher inspiration does $100,000 buy?

Federal grant rules dictate how much school districts should spend on professional development for teachers. Cahokia schools recently spent $100,000 on guest speakers, raising the question of whether there are better ways the money could benefit disadvantaged students.

Editorials

Senior apartments might prove value of MetroLink stations

For 23 years MetroLink trains have rolled through Illinois communities and sparked development ideas that have mostly been derailed. Fairview Heights for years fought for outlots at its station that remain empty, Belleville drew multiple housing and retail plans for the Scheel Street station that evaporated and the Memorial station has large, open, weed-covered lots that sit waiting.

Editorials

After atom bomb explodes, only 2917 West Blvd. will survive

St. Clair County inspectors should have been watching an apartment building near Belleville with a critical eye after tenants were forced to leave in 2014. Now that it has been evacuated a second time, the county’s building department should be more transparent about changes being prompted by the fiasco.

Editorials

Justice may salve old wound of Belleville salon murders

Belleville had a horrible year in 2005 with 12 homicides, including two mass murders: The shotgun slayings of four people, including a baby, and the stabbing deaths of two elderly sisters and their hairdresser. The person who stabbed Michael Cooney, Dorothy Bone and Doris Fischer for 11 years has eluded justice, but that may have changed on Monday.

Editorials

Mike Madigan speaks louder than you: that’s the law

A U.S. District judge in Chicago ruled that Illinois’ 2009 campaign finance law is constitutional, even though it gives political leaders more money clout than you are allowed in state races. Let’s hope the appeal changes that so you speak with equal volune to leaders like Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Videos

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talks after loss to Cincinnati

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny discusses his team's squandered scoring chances and an injury to Seung Hwan Oh in a 2-1 NL Central loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
dwilhelm@bnd.com
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talks after loss to Cincinnati 3:13

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talks after loss to Cincinnati

Gibault soccer wins fifth straight with victory over Althoff 1:53

Gibault soccer wins fifth straight with victory over Althoff

Swansea police chief talks about sex offender's arrest 3:51

Swansea police chief talks about sex offender's arrest

Belleville museum celebrates 150th anniversary 1:13

Belleville museum celebrates 150th anniversary