Subtraction in St. Clair County

The St. Clair County Board averted a misstep by deciding a guy with multiple arrests wasn’t the best candidate to join their ranks, but then they missed a chance to save serious tax dollars by consolidating voting precincts.


12 good men and true

Jury reform in Illinois was really about cutting the civil trial juries in half, potentially giving plaintiffs’ lawyers an edge as reward for their support of former Gov. Pat Quinn.


We’ve got a deal for you

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin needs to be actively involved to get the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency built at Scott Air Force Base and not let U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill win it for one of the three Missouri sites.


A person’s a person

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld gay marriage in all 50 states just as our nation said farewell to nine people killed by a racist in a Charleston church. Unrelated developments on the surface, but the themes of human dignity and human rights come spilling out when we touch these topics.


Our fondness for the cooks

We recently put the closing of The Pie Pantry in Belleville on our front page. We saw online traffic flock to stories about Ravinelli’s closing in O’Fallon and Lotawata Creek’s fire in Fairview Heights.


Listening to WOE in Springfield

Democrats in the Illinois Legislature and keep pointing to Gov. Bruce Rauner and decrying his proposals and lack of compromise, but where are their proposals and compromise to fix the mess they made?


Fred Bathon faces freedom

Former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon is out of prison, serving less time than the band of thieves he orchestrated, but his future and who might yet face punishment remain open questions.

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