George Will: IRS commissioner merits impeachment

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen's many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public.

George Will: Ohio would be wise to re-elect senator

TERRACE PARK, Ohio — Sen. Rob Portman probably will win a second term, despite the fact that he deserves to. The swarm of young people who gathered on a Saturday morning in this Cincinnati suburb to feast on doughnuts and his gratitude are among the 5,000 volunteer interns, including students from 35 campuses, who have made 3.5 million voter contacts.

Jim Nowlan: Whither Illinois higher ed?

How, if at all, does Illinois budget dysfunction and uncertainty affect major state institutions? I took a look at my alma mater, the University of Illinois.

With 80,000 students on three campuses, a $5.6 billion budget, 25,000 employees and 750,000 alumni, the UI is a big deal.

Jim Dey: Oh, rats! Appeals court case is sign of times

This is a story about a rat and a cat, but not one dreamed up by Dr. Seuss.

It's about a Wisconsin-based labor dispute in which angry union members targeted a Grand Chute, Wis., business over its decision to hire nonunion labor.

Jim Dey: Investigation expected in fatal Decatur crash

Four months after a police/citizen confrontation in Mahomet erupted into a shooting incident that ultimately left two dead and three injured, the event continues to reverberate, particularly in Decatur.

Dan Corkery: Start making soup: Cold, damp days ahead

Have you been enjoying the nice weather?

Good, because it's not going to last.

In the short term, local temperatures are expected to creep back into the 90s this week. But by next weekend, the highs will likely hover around the upper 70s or lower 80s.

With a little luck, fans will have a comfortable night for the Illinois-North Carolina football game at Memorial Stadium.

John Foreman: Sensitive and sensibilities

This is the time of year when America's college campuses bloom. Eager students return in droves to bask in what many recognize may be the best years of their lives. But not, it would seem, all do.

George Will: Vin Scully, baseball's storyteller and our friend

Irish poets learn your trade

Sing whatever is well made. ...

— William Butler Yeats, "Under Ben Bulben"

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Kaepernick stands tall while protesting

On Feb. 1, 1960, four college students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro took a stand against apartheid and launched a new wave in the civil rights movement. By sitting down at a Woolworth department store, the Greensboro 4 lit a fuse that quickly burned across the South.

George Will: Presidents and purse strings

WASHINGTON — Because truth-in-labeling laws are among the laws from which Washington feels exempt, the titles of congressional legislation often take liberties with the facts (e.g., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act, however, precisely names the ailment for which it is the remedy.