George Will: Yogi Berra, an American story

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.

Jim Dey: AFSCME turns to court in fight with Rauner

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.

Jim Nowlan: The American way of dying

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.

Jim Dey: Who knew?

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.

George Will: Pope Francis' fact-free flamboyance

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.

Jim Dey: Killing of witness raises legal, election issues

The February 2013 investigation into the murder of a witness in a criminal case is closed, even though authorities have identified the shooter.

Esther Cepeda: The Vietnam War brought home

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.

Dan Corkery: Indiana's drainage ditch and Illinois' river

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.

George Will: Changing their lives behind bars

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.

Jim Dey: Parkland leaders tackle rumor head-on

Two top Parkland College officials recently sent a lawyer-reviewed letter to school trustees in which they denied having an affair.