Right-to-work states surround Illinois, but Missouri unions are trying to roll back their law at the August primary election with Proposition A. We hope the vote succeeds, because Illinois could use the jobs and help with its economy. News opinion
News opinion: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited Granite City, IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO to veto bill meant to give back Democratic control of Metro East Sanitary District patronage hires. Democrats lose. Taxpayers win.
Alorton IL mayor faced felony for jail contraband, felony for vote fraud, so using dead father’s handicapped placard is little surprise. If you don’t respect law, how can poor village hope to see you enforce rules? News opinion
Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn resigned to allow the rift to heal between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. That won’t happen until funding stops favoring Carbondale and until trustees are replaced. News opinion
Census Bureau estimates for a second year rank as the poorest in the nation a town in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. More than half of Centreville, IL, residents live in poverty despite potential economic assets. News opinion
Metro Transit is asking for an additional $3 million from St. Clair County taxpayers at the same time ridership dropped by 3 million. St. Clair County should stick with demand for better security in southern Illinois and St. Louis, MO, so riders return, not just hand over money. News opinion
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency belongs next to Scott Air Force Base for the best security and economy. St. Louis, MO, corrupted the site selection when they relied on a developer being investigated for fraud. Cheaters shouldn’t win. News opinion
Fentanyl used by a strip club patron in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, sent six to the hospital. The clubs have been crime magnets for decades, but St. Clair County politicians welcome them. News opinion
St. Clair County Judge Rob Duebbert escaped criminal charges but could have avoided personal mistakes by learning from TV mob boss Tony Soprano. Judge position and law license still threatened by relationships in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. News opinion
Illinois is one of four states that ban exploding fireworks, but police generally ignore offenders. In southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, many people drive to buy firecrackers and bottle rockets. Legalize them, and keep the money in Illinois. News opinion
Politics news opinion: Illinois gun sanctuaries, including in Monroe County, IL, in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO, must respect laws, rights even as it supports Second Amendment.
Politics news opinion: NGA, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency headquarters HQ should be at Scott Air Force Base AFB in Mascoutah, IL, in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, rather than in St. Louis, MO.
A concealed carry handgun organization is opposing Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker, saying he is anti-handgun and anti-rifle. His election Nov. 6 would harm gun rights and residents ability to protect themselves.
A Republican wants to be St. Clair County’s tax collector, but he’s repeatedly been late paying his property taxes. Not a good position for a candidate to be in for this public treasurer office in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO. News opinion
When it comes to international diplomacy, President Donald Trump is no milquetoast mumbler. He can be undiplomatically blunt, even rude, but that doesn’t automatically mean he’s wrong. Take, for instance, the longstanding dispute between the United States and its NATO allies over how much everyone contributes to the collective defense of Europe.