Go ahead, do something; but it won't solve problem

WASHINGTON — The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration's push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown.

New approach on suspensions

Getting kids on the wrong track on the right track is a problem that has bedeviled educators for generations.

Champaign school officials appear to be on the verge of trying a new approach to handling students who chronically misbehave in school and face out-of-school suspensions.

We are in need of a third national political party

By Andrew Wilk

It's up to us to make right food choices

CHICAGO — People don't know how to eat right. Almost from birth, the food we take in and the way it is marketed conspire to make us addicted and even sick. As a result, all but a few of us will face an early grave because of our indulgences.

Voices: In this day and age, having a friend is a precious thing

By Dan Mullis

Standing in a cemetery, your good friend has just buried his mother, he turns to you and embraces you and says "thank you for being here." At that moment there is no better place for you to be.

Friends and family being there during uncertain, difficult, tragic and sad times to help us get through whatever is happening has always been part of our heritage.

Hold elections when people vote

What if we held an election and nobody came? Last Tuesday's turnout shows it's more of a possibility than you might think.

On Tuesday, the voter non-turnout in Champaign County exceeded 87 percent. Just 14,467 voters (12.8 percent of those registered) bothered to cast ballots. Voter turnout in November 2012 was 69.9 percent, according to the Champaign County Clerk's office.

Latest Ken Burns epic tells powerful story of injustice

WASHINGTON — From Tom Paine's "Common Sense" to Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," American history is replete with examples of printed words accelerating social justice.

Legislative tricks on gambling

Legislation expanding gambling in Illinois shouldn't be hard to draft or pass. The fact that legislators can't do it raises questions about their motivation.

If there was any doubt left that Gov. Pat Quinn is all that stands between the people and another bad gambling expansion bill, it's dispelled by the details of the General Assembly's third effort to pass one.

Thatcher was the cure for what ailed Britain

WASHINGTON — She had the eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe. So said Francois Mitterrand, the last serious socialist to lead a major European nation, speaking of Margaret Thatcher, who helped bury socialism as a doctrine of governance.

Medicaid needs 'scrubbing'

An initial audit of Medicaid spending shows widespread abuse of taxpayer dollars.

Here's what passes as reform in Illinois.

Last summer, Gov. Pat Quinn and state legislators reached a negotiated agreement on a series of changes to Illinois' hugely expensive Medicaid program that were estimated to save $1.6 billion.