While the hoo-ha over State Sen. Bill Brady’s reluctance to disclose his tax returns is understandable — we are the transparency crowd here, after all — I also understand his reluctance under the circumstances. Additionally, the actual content of the returns don’t concern me much. We all are careful to pay only what we have to, right? If you have a problem with what he paid, or didn’t pay, your gripe is with the feds, really.

What we should be paying close attention to IMO is his legislative record, on its own merits and perhaps within the context of his businesses and donors as well. How about conflicts of interest?

Which reminds me: Check out the improved Illinois State Board of Elections website. The link is under the Good Government heading on the lower right of this page. Navigability is better, and we can now link to individual search result pages, like this.