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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?

The Madigan Mob rides again

The Madison County Record Jan. 5, 2016, 11:56am

There are dangers associated with the public sale and consumption of alcohol, but most of us would agree that Prohibition was an overreaction to them and only made matters worse.

Baricevic, Haida, and LeChien know the angles

The Madison County Record Dec. 15, 2015, 3:09pm

You've got to wonder about people who cheat.

Is there something we should know about asbestos research?

The Madison County Record Dec. 8, 2015, 11:08am

With a presidential election year coming up, political commentators and party hacks are sure to resuscitate that old canard about how so much money is spent on campaigning, how big donors undoubtedly expect something in return for their “investments,” and how we need to get the money out of politics.

The Big Bad Lopinot gets blowback

The Madison County Record Nov. 30, 2015, 12:55pm

They don't teach nursery rhymes and fairy tales in law school, but maybe they should.

EEOC's ‘awesome outcome’ could have unintended consequences

The Madison County Record Nov. 17, 2015, 1:58pm

Star Transport of Morton, Ill. must pay $243,000 in back pay and compensatory and punitive damages to two Somali-American Muslims who were terminated in 2009 after claiming that their religious scruples prevented them from participating in the shipment of alcohol..

Lawyer wannabes against the First Amendment

The Madison County Record Nov. 10, 2015, 9:29am

Ever notice how people demanding tolerance are often intolerant?

Senator Anti-Student Durbin

The Madison County Record Nov. 3, 2015, 7:12am

We'll never forget East St. Louis Assumption Catholic High School, which closed in 1989.

Go ahead, Thomas Maag, make our day!

The Madison County Record Oct. 27, 2015, 2:14pm

“Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?”

The Madigan Mob and the property tax protection racket

The Madison County Record Oct. 20, 2015, 2:27pm

You know how the protection racket works. Some big ugly goon shows up at the front door one day and offers to protect you from some big ugly goon who might show up at the front door one day.

It's amazing what one person can do

The Madison County Record Oct. 14, 2015, 6:56am

One might legitimately ask why there aren't more heroes today, but the answer to that is simple, too. There aren't more heroes today, or at any time, because too many people are content to ask “What can one person do?” and assume it's a rhetorical question.

Are we wasting money on the Citizens Utility Board?

The Madison County Record Oct. 6, 2015, 10:50am

You can't judge a book by its cover, or a proposed law by its title.

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.