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Humans are story-telling creatures. There are stories in politics, too.

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Departing aldermen: Little things matter on Quincy City Council
Doug Wilson

Departing aldermen: Little things matter on Quincy City Council

Two Quincy aldermen whose terms will end in May say there are little things about serving on the City Council that probably would surprise most people.

All-or-nothing strategy in U.S. House keeps Obamacare in place
Doug Wilson

All-or-nothing strategy in U.S. House keeps Obamacare in place

Health care talks in the U.S. House last week show how polarized that chamber is, and how much energy all sides can expend on an issue that is far from its final form.

Poll surprises nobody, finding Illinoisans don't like taxes
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Poll surprises nobody, finding Illinoisans don't like taxes

A statewide poll released last week indicated that a majority of Illinois voters say the state should balance the budget through spending cuts -- without any tax increases.

Sales tax hike could be part of Illinois budget deal
Doug Wilson

Sales tax hike could be part of Illinois budget deal

Most of the news coverage about tax options in Illinois has focused on income taxes that might be raised as part of a budget deal between lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner. Sales tax changes also are under consideration.

Shouting across political divide rarely effective tack
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Shouting across political divide rarely effective tack

As so often happens in partisan circles, the tactics used against one political party a few years ago are now being turned against the other party.

I-72 expansion near Hannibal on hold for now
Doug Wilson

I-72 expansion near Hannibal on hold for now

The Missouri Department of Transportation's request that interstate status along I-72/U.S. 36 be extended from Hannibal to the junction with U.S. 24 has been denied -- for now.

Kennedy to run for governor; Redmon gets lots of work
Doug Wilson

Kennedy to run for governor; Redmon gets lots of work

A member of the Kennedy family is vowing that Gov. Bruce Rauner will face opposition in his expected re-election campaign. Chris Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, announced last week that he'll run for Illinois governor in 2018.

Court filing could bring Illinois budget train wreck to a halt
Doug Wilson

Court filing could bring Illinois budget train wreck to a halt

Pressure on the Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner to end a budget impasse could get more intense very soon. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request to end a court injunction could put a stop to paychecks for state workers by the end of February.