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Jim Dey: Is it really that bad on campus?

President Franklin Roosevelt told a nation in the depths of the Great Depression that the "only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

As he prepared to implement his New Deal program with a compliant Congress, FDR was trying to buck up the country that needed an emotional lift.

Jim Dey: Salaita controversy not slowing down

With the philosophers, the Indians and the Asians putting University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise in the crosshairs, she could use some help.

On Sunday, Wise, under fire from some academics for vetoing the hiring of a controversial professor, got it.

School start times ... one sleeper of an issue

CHICAGO — Many adults tend to dismiss scientific research about the adolescent mind.

Perhaps they came of age during a time when children, especially teens, were expected to behave as little adults.

Dan Corkery: Stained-glass image pays tribute to WWI heroes

Thousands of fans Saturday visited one of the state's largest war monuments.

Both the east and west sides of Memorial Stadium are graced with massive limestone columns bearing the names of 188 University of Illinois men and one woman (Army Nursing Corps member Gladys Gilpatrick of Plano died in Philadelphia) who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War I.

Politician Paul Ryan's way forward

WASHINGTON — To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home.

Jim Dey: Inspector general's report outlines a litany of IDOT hiring violations

Anonymous complaints about illegal hiring of state employees came into the Illinois inspector general's office, mostly concerning higher-ups putting relatives on the payroll.

Jim Dey: Pro-Salaita protest rates multiple F's

They call that a protest?

Student supporters of Professor Steven Salaita gave it the old college try Tuesday, holding a campus gathering to demand that Chancellor Phyllis Wise wise up. Next time, they need to try harder.

Jim Dey was on the radio Thursday morning.  Listen here:

Navy sails where U.S. foreign policy navigates

WASHINGTON — Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the "near seas," meaning China's seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm.

Jim Dey: Decision's made; on goes debate

Chancellor still taking heat for coming down against Salaita hiring

Last week, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise appeared to slam the door shut on the issue of hiring a controversial English professor from Virginia.

But the reverberations continue.

Dan Corkery: 'Cross-campus initiative' spotlights Great War

It's called a "cross-campus initiative," but its pull should be felt beyond the University of Illinois.

"The Great War: Experiences, Representations, Effects" is intended to be more than just a meeting of historians. The idea is, the Champaign-Urbana community, along with students and faculty, will learn more about the consequences of World War I, which began 100 years ago.