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The kingdom of Madison County

The Madison County Record Sep. 30, 2015, 10:01am

“A political machine has run government as its own kingdom for 50 years. It’s time for a change.”

The crazy cartoon world of Illinois public pensions

The Madison County Record Sep. 23, 2015, 6:59am

Strange things happen in cartoons – things that could never happen in real life, things that are physically impossible – but cartoon lovers know that and delight in the alternate “reality.” The absurd goings-on are an essential part of animated humor.

We're Number One! We're Number One!

The Madison County Record Sep. 15, 2015, 2:50pm

We all want to be the best at something: the best athlete, the best musician, the best actor, the best whatever it is we've chosen to be.

'So corrupt it would make Rod Blagojevich blush'

The Madison County Record Sep. 8, 2015, 2:14pm

“It’s political payoff, pure and simple,” Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, said of Senate Bill 1229.

Trio of judges should not game the system

The Madison County Record Sep. 1, 2015, 3:42pm

There's the letter of the law and there's the spirit of the law.

A man walks into a bar . . .

The Madison County Record Aug. 25, 2015, 3:17pm

During the cultural revolution of the 1960s, young people were encouraged to “let it all hang out,” and they did as they were told.

State government should strive to make things easier for business to innovate

The Madison County Record Aug. 18, 2015, 3:42pm

If it's new, you can't do it. That's pretty much the default position of bureaucracy.

How much will the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill cost?

The Madison County Record Aug. 11, 2015, 4:38pm

When are we going to learn that the green in green energy represents the money that crony capitalists roll in when we buy into their boondoggles?

Is Jack Daugherty even capable of being impartial?

The Madison-St. Clair Record Aug. 4, 2015, 3:13pm

“I do not deny that I am very biased for people with mesothelioma.” “[T]he large businesses who profited from poisoning and killing people made a fortune which dwarfs what any lawyer makes.

If you have no proof, don't go to court

The Madison County Record Jul. 28, 2015, 4:10pm

Ever wonder how much time you waste doing things that don't need to be done?

Warning: Conniving plaintiff ahead

The Madison County Record Jul. 14, 2015, 11:34am

Stop, slow, yield, merge, caution, curve, no passing, no left turn, no right turn, no U-turn, wrong way, do not enter, dead end, no outlet, pedestrian crossing, soft shoulder, slippery when wet, only this way, only that way, school, hospital, road work ahead.

Lisa Madigan’s partisan move

The Madison County Record Jul. 7, 2015, 7:11am

In what for too long has essentially been a one-party state, you expect the dominant party to be – partisan.

OUR VIEW: Fractions and factions

The Madison County Record Jun. 9, 2015, 3:12pm

“Fraction” is a fascinating word. Everyone knows that it denotes a portion of something else, and that it can refer to a piece of any size – from almost none to almost all to anything between 0 and 100 percent.

OUR VIEW: Reforming public pension plans requires understanding of economics

The Madison County Record Jun. 2, 2015, 1:34pm

You might wonder what kids are learning in school these days, but one thing's certain: it's not economics. Consider the widespread support for minimum wage hikes. It may seem like workers making the current minimum would be better off making more, but even a cursory consideration of the implications of raising the rate would give pause to a thinking person. Isn't moving up to a more responsible position the best way to secure a higher wage?