WASHINGTON — The 18-year-old U.S. Navy enlistee, thinking it sounded less boring than the dull training he was doing in 1944, volunteered for service on what he thought an officer had called "rocket ships." Actually, they were small, slow, vulnerable boats used as launching pads for rockets to give close-in support for troops assaulting beaches.
If it wasn't obvious before, it sure is now: leaders of a state employees union will try anything to avoid contract negotiations with Gov. Bruce Rauner.
A few days ago I turned 74. The milestone reminded me of the provocative article a year ago in the Atlantic Monthly by Ezekiel Emanuel (da' mayor's brother), who made the case for dying around age 75.
If I adopt Emanuel's persuasive argument, my time is drawing nigh.
On July 2, a Champaign man appeared before Circuit Judge Harry Clem at the Champaign County Courthouse to enter a routine guilty plea in a domestic-violence case.
But the result of that plea has turned out to be anything but routine.
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert's indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false and deeply reactionary. They would devastate the poor on whose behalf he purports to speak — if his policy prescriptions were not as implausible as his social diagnoses are shrill.
The February 2013 investigation into the murder of a witness in a criminal case is closed, even though authorities have identified the shooter.
CHICAGO — I've never seen the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. So when The Moving Wall, a traveling half-size replica, came to Illinois this past Labor Day weekend, I had to go take a look.
There's no lack of conflict between Illinois and Indiana, whether it's over businesses and jobs or Big Ten sports.
People in Kankakee County have added water, silt and sand to that list.
CLEVELAND — About a mile from where the Cleveland Indians test their fans' patience, there is a facility that expresses Ohio's attempt to temper justice with patience. The facility resembles a school, except for the razor wire.