[Sigh. Nevermind. Somehow - probably because they look so much alike - I mistakenly thought a Rockford editorial was from the Peoria paper. Oops. I apologize to both papers for the mixup and have taken down the shot. Sheesh.]
* On the other hand, the State Journal-Register editorializes today in favor of changing the campaign finance reform bill. One of the changes it supports is somewhat surprising…
* Change a provision that appears to ban special interest groups’ political action committees from making any independent expenditures on behalf of or against candidates.
We’re no fan of many of these groups, but such a law could be an unconstitutional limitation on freedom of speech and expose the state to litigation. […]
The General Assembly has not been given enough credit for the yeoman’s work it did sifting through and analyzing Blagojevich’s transgressions and addressing them.
But the potential for corruption in the legislative branch still is great with the free flow of money allowed under the bill waiting for the governor’s signature. Legislators need to act to ensure their branch of government remains scandal free.
Hopefully, the paper will serve as an example to other newspapers [cough!Tribune!cough!] which have opposed parts of the Quinn Commission report yet slammed legislators for doing the very same thing.
…Adding… I forgot to mention that the News-Gazette has an editorial today which basically admits that it doesn’t know what to do about how U of I trustees should get their jobs…
Clearly, a change in the board’s structure is necessary. But there is no magic bullet.
* Chapman Misdiagnoses His “Problem Child”
* Illinois Lottery To Test DoJ’s Anti-Internet Gambling Resolve
* Quinn to Announce Budget Details Friday
* Quinn hints he will blunt some budget cuts
* Illinois Service Providers Waiting on Budget Details
* How much worse can it get?
* State budget woes make college aid scarce
* Chicago Public Schools fear state cuts will cost it $84 million
* Time to draw a map free of politics
* Transparency (and maybe some blogging) needed on the 3rd Appellate Court
* Southland legislators decline invite to talk about U of I admissions scandal
* Panel Investigating University of Illinois Admissions To Hold Final Meeting Friday
* UI admissions panel narrows in on recommendations
* Mikva says all U. of I. trustees should resign
* Mikva: U of I trustees should submit resignations