Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Volume XXIV - Five Families

OK, it's time for a sitdown, and the good news is that we don't have to worry about the feds listening in. Indeed, they're welcome because it's time for another recommenation from Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club.

Forgive the length. This is important.

Former Champaign Mayor Dan McCollum has a new mission in life.

About that smoking ban ...

Last week, the Champaign City Council approved a public smoking ban, and the city council in Urbana is expected to do the same soon.

"Marley and Me" and You

I have a suggestion that applies to dog lovers as well as parents who enjoy reading to their children.

Bush comedy bit has audience seeing double

Landon Parvin, Champaign native and comic consultant to Republican presidents, struck again last weekend, teaming up with President Bush and a Bush impersonator to bring down the house at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association

Literary legends deserve an audience

It's not often that a first-rate author makes an appearance in Champaign-Urbana to discuss the art of writing, explain how he came up with the idea for a best-selling book and answer questions. But that's what happened last week when Ernest Gaines appe

Big George's big comeuppance

George Ryan's defeat at the hands of federal prosecutors was so complete that he couldn't have done worse if he'd been represented by a first-year law student. Guilty on all counts.

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Volume XXIII.

It's time for a walk down the dark streets of a major American city, New York City in 1977, and it wouldn't hurt to add a little body armor to the evening's wardrobe because the Big Apple was one tough town.

Voters -- even GOP voters -- aren't required to be stupid

The smoke has now cleared in the battle for the Democratic Party nominations in Champaign County Board District 9 in Urbana..

The District 9 disaster

I just can't deny myself the delicious pleasure of commenting on the political fiasco known locally as the District 9 race in Urbana for the Champaign County Board.