Roger Ebert's death leaves an empty aisle seat.
Death sometimes comes like a thief in the night, and in no case was that truer than the sudden passing Thursday of 70-year-old film critic Roger Ebert.
Editor's note: In interviews with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora, two University of Illinois law professors, John D. Colombo and Laurie Reynolds, weigh in on the constitutionality of the pension reform efforts under consideration in the Illinois Legislature.
By PHIL CICIORA
By GENE BUDIG
For generations the community colleges of America were seen as second-class members of the higher education community, or where the ill-prepared and marginal high school graduates should go. The first to be established was Joliet Junior College in 1901.
By DIANE GOTTHEIL and CAROL MIZRAHI
Contested elections for township offices in Champaign and Urbana will be held on April 9.
The News-Gazette has long considered township government in Illinois to be an unnecessary anachronism.
On Tuesday, voters from a 12-county area will fill two seats on the Parkland College board.
There are three candidates competing for two spots on the Parkland board in the April 9 election, and voters can't go wrong with any of them.
Champaign has lost a public-spirited citizen.
Former Champaign Mayor Robert Dodd passed away last week at age 75 after a long illness.
Although he had been out of the public eye for many years, Dodd served long and well on the city council and in the mayor's office from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.
Voters in Douglas County are being asked to pay a higher sales tax to support their schools.
Five seats on the Champaign City Council are up for election on April 9, but, unfortunately, only one race is contested.
The race for the city council seat for District 1 in north Champaign features two council veterans — incumbent Will Kyles and onetime incumbent Gina Jackson.
Voters in Champaign and Urbana will be electing school board members in the April 9 election. Following are our endorsements in the contested races.
Seven candidates are competing for five seats on the Champaign school board, but there's not as much competition as some might think.