Illinois’ state representatives and state senators are back in Springfield for a 10-day, last-ditch effort to get a state budget passed. Today is the halfway point, and there is little evidence that anything other than the usual partisan platitudes are coming out of the state capitol.
Good news out of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport: Allegiant Air is starting flights to Phoenix, and there’s enough passenger traffic that the Transportation Security Administration needs to put in a second line with advanced passenger and baggage screening machines.
On Wednesday state lawmakers will return to Springfield because Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner called them back for a 10-day special session before the new fiscal year begins July 1, which we might also label “last stop before the abyss.”
If you recently found yourself being a grump and yelling for some kids to get off your lawn, we think we found two examples of youths you’d like to have in your yard. One would be on the grill. The other would play a little catch.
The Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association last week honored some of the journalism produced by the staff of the Belleville News-Democrat. We’re proud of our people, but rather than tooting our own horn we’d like to take a moment to offer thanks to those who blow the whistle.
The St. Clair County property tax bills are arriving in local mailboxes, and with them comes a little piece of truth: Tax increment financing districts grabbed $45.7 million of the $343 million collected in the county last year.