Opinion

Look, up in the sky: Nature puts spotlight on Southern Illinois

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    The upcoming solar eclipse presents an irony that I suppose could be summed up in a single thought:    “Look, look, look! … But don’t look too closely!”    The heavens haven’t held this much interest since Skylab flamed out in the summer of ’79.     This is not a space-junk soap opera, though.…

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Two years of political and economic havoc; it didn’t have to be this way

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Multiple Illinois legislatures and governors of both parties created the state’s fiscal problem over multiple decades, playing shell games to mask revenue shortfalls and shortchanging pension contributions to cover operating costs. Passing a temporary income tax hike in 2010 to solve a chronic revenue shortage was idiotic.    Into this mess rode…

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