When I read Cardinal Dolan's budget deficit message, I wept for St. Francis. Cardinal Dolan has domesticated this great Saint, tamed this wild man, reduced him from a radical, destabilizing force of nature into the patron saint of household pets.
Our state's response to the Asian Carp crisis has been spineless politicking, obstruction, and a concerted effort to delay a real solution. It is all that is wrong with Illinois politics in a nutshell.
With the airlines apparently limitless contempt for their passengers driving more and more travelers into Amtrak's arms, the importance of inter-city rail is finally shaking free from decades of Reagan-styled abuse and ridicule.