Editorials

Editorials

Police power abuse, cell phone spying cost taxpayers big

Former Columbia Police chief Joe Edwards’ custody battle with his ex-wife cost him his job and the city $150,000 after spyware was placed on her cell phone. Now the school district faces a lawsuit for its employees’ roles. Didn’t anyone stop to think it was a bad idea to investigate the chief’s ex?

Editorials

Halt! In the name of the state employee union police!

Illinois’ biggest state employee union tried to force $3 billion more in contract demands on the state by using a tactic that backfired. Now Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner can impose the same rules the rest of us follow, such as the 40-hour work week, and allow residents to volunteer in their state parks if they wish.

Editorials

Ho-hum, another predator of the impoverished to get a federal backrub

East St. Louis, Illinois, Township Supervisor Oliver W. Hamilton Sr. is cutting a deal with the feds after spending $230,000 on a township credit card for trips, gas and hardware store purchases. Unless the federal prosecutor makes Hamilton suffer for his crimes against his impoverished community, the parade of corrupt local government leaders will continue.

Videos

Belleville West senior talks basketball tournament win

Belleville West senior Dalton Fox talks about his defensive performance on Vianney's Eric Krus that helped the Maroons defeat the Golden Griffins in the championship game of the Vianney Tournament on Friday.
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Belleville West senior talks basketball tournament win 1:45

Belleville West senior talks basketball tournament win

Althoff senior breaks down basketball win over Carbondale 1:26

Althoff senior breaks down basketball win over Carbondale

Tank driver on fate of commander during Battle of the Bulge 4:10

Tank driver on fate of commander during Battle of the Bulge

Lizzie Bob's Bakery in Fairview Heights 1:35

Lizzie Bob's Bakery in Fairview Heights