George Will: Baseball numbers aren't difficult, but this quiz might be

Sportswriter: "You hit only two home runs all last year and already you've hit seven this year [1969]. What's the difference?"

Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: "Five."

Jim Dey: No mayoral 'boogeyman' behind Danville's pension woes

Danville has a big problem.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer contends it's the high cost of the city's police and firefighter pensions that are underfunded by $106 million — $55 million-plus for the firefighters and $50 million-plus for the police.

Pat Devaney, a Champaign firefighter and the head of the state firefighters association, disagrees. He argues Danville's problem is the mayor.

Krista Vance/Voices: Being proactive is key to preventing colon cancer


After my colorectal resection surgery in 2011, I was thrilled to learn I had a roommate. "Hi," I said, waving. "Looks like we're going to be roomies. My name's Krista. What's yours?" That's all I remember.

George Will: An oasis of liberty in the Arizona sun

PHOENIX — As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father's house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger "anything but a cactus."

Dan Corkery: Freedom to donate to influence pot laws

Marijuana is here to stay — as a legislative and public policy issue.

Two Illinois lawmakers and a federal judge saw to that last week.

In Chicago, U.S. Judge John Z. Lee threw out an Illinois law that prevented anyone in the medical marijuana trade from making campaign contributions to state political candidates.

George Will: U.S. consensus shaping 'repeal, replace'

WASHINGTON — "Mend it, don't end it" was Bill Clinton's rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like "mend it, don't end it."

Jim Dey: Hotel plan raises many concerns

Whoa — not so fast.

That's what at least two members of the Urbana City Council are saying about a proposal calling for taxpayers to subsidize a $19 million project to renovate and reopen the Landmark Hotel at Lincoln Square.

"The deal that's being proposed to us is a terrible use of taxpayer money and should not be approved," said Alderman Eric Jakobsson.

Sundiata Cha-Jua: The misuse of required courses

After decades of student and faculty struggles to democratize the University of Illinois' curriculum, proponents of a required course on U.S. domestic racialized minorities finally succeeded. However, a year later, some troubling signs suggest this historic accomplishment may turnout to be a pyrrhic victory.

One step forward and two steps back.

Austin Berg: High price for perverse priorities


Joni Sorce feels conned.

Her daughter graduated from Illinois State University in 2014. They now share more than $60,000 in debt. Sorce's youngest daughter will graduate high school this spring, but her family can't afford another degree from the Land of Lincoln. She's looking for opportunity elsewhere.

George Will: Relevant questions for Judge Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary's role. Herewith some pertinent questions: