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If we want balanced budgets, we have to elect honest politicians

The Madison County Record Jun. 1, 2016, 10:28am

Aren't our state legislators required to pass a balanced budget every year?

Laughing at someone in the mirror

The Madison County Record May 24, 2016, 10:17am

We would be tempted to laugh at this ridiculous mess, if it didn't remind us so much of an even bigger mess closer to home: the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD) with its multimillion-dollar debt

A judge goes to jail and the citizens get punished

The Madison County Record May 17, 2016, 2:24pm

The fallout from the 2013 arrest and conviction of St. Clair County Judge Michael Cook on charges of heroin possession continues.

Some constructive criticism from a 'simple Illinois farmer'

The Madison County Record May 10, 2016, 9:28am

Loren Klaus has offered a list of 12 things we did to ourselves that contributed to the degradation of our once edenic state, including adoption of our 1970 state constitution, the establishment of our state income tax, the election of venal governors, and lax enforcement of our Open Meeting laws.

Kurt Prenzler seeks an honest man in Madison County?

The Madison County Record May 4, 2016, 6:45am

Has the Greek philosopher Diogenes been reincarnated as Kurt Prenzler?

Planning Act called a corruption tax that costs consumers but aids politicians

The Madison County Record Apr. 26, 2016, 2:58pm

The purpose of hospitals is to provide medical care, isn't it?

No bills for this Bill

The Madison County Record Apr. 19, 2016, 1:36pm

Ah, the life of a legislator!

How big must a fraction be to get John Cooney's attention?

The Madison County Record Apr. 12, 2016, 9:23am

Last year, in his ongoing effort to derail the tort reform movement in our state legislature, asbestos attorney John D. Cooney, president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, observed that asbestos cases represent “a fraction of total cases filed in Madison County.”

We're so happy for you, David Werner!

The Madison County Record Apr. 5, 2016, 4:10pm

If you're like us, you’ll scrimp to make ends meet and do without some things you would like to have, so long as you know the taxes you pay are making it possible for a favored few to live well at your expense.

Magnetic Madison County

The Madison County Record Mar. 29, 2016, 2:09pm

Give me your trials, your plaintiffs, Your huddled lawyers yearning for big fees.

Nothin' but a hound dog

The Madison County Record Mar. 22, 2016, 8:49am

You see them out in the country, if you live out in the country.

The longest ball game ever

The Madison County Record Mar. 8, 2016, 10:47am

What's the longest game in baseball history?

When the boys came out to play, Simon Greenstone ran away

The Madison County Record Mar. 1, 2016, 1:36pm

Some asbestos lawyers act like bullies, targeting companies besieged by lawsuits, inflating claims and claimants, using questionable evidence, concealing or delaying claims against other entities, etc.

Busybodies can be hazardous to our freedoms

The Madison County Record Feb. 24, 2016, 9:57am

Maybe our real problem is not how much we're paid or how healthy our lifestyles are. Maybe our real problem is the people who think they know what's best for us.

Who will judge the judges?

The Madison County Record Feb. 16, 2016, 7:05am

This Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Esteban Sanchez will hold a hearing to consider the cynical arguments proffered by three colleagues from a neighboring county hoping to justify their attempt to circumvent state law and evade election standards established for retention.

This house of CARD's is going to fall eventually

The Madison County Record Feb. 9, 2016, 12:19pm

Bankruptcy is an option for spendthrift governmental entities, too, – an option that probably should be exercised more often. Not only to get taxpayers off the hook for debt they did not knowingly or willingly incur, but also to make it harder for the next set of elected or appointed wastrels and grafters to do it to us again

Frank Mautino not qualified to be Auditor General

The Madison County Record Feb. 2, 2016, 3:19pm

The Internal Revenue Service in recent years may have given audits a bad name, but audits are actually a good thing.

Public deserves full hearing in neutral courts

The Madison County Record Jan. 27, 2016, 9:01am

Ah, the good old days! When a mediocre lawyer or some political hack could get elected judge and stay on the bench for the rest of his life.

Three judges want to bend state law rather than face voter retention

The Madison County Record Jan. 19, 2016, 7:42am

Could Barack Obama, for instance, complete his second term and then run for the presidency again, as if for the first time, under a new persona?

Today's chuckle: union spokesman worried about cronyism

The Madison County Record Jan. 12, 2016, 1:33pm

Remember the federal government shutdown in 2013?