George Will: Santorum: The return of the GOP's runner-up

WASHINGTON — A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.

Jim Dey: Similarities, differences between Boston prof and Salaita

In life, timing is everything.

Steven Salaita's timing stinks. Saida Grundy's is impeccable.

Who is Saida Grundy? She's the Steven Salaita of Boston University, a black woman and incoming faculty member who roiled the Boston area with a series of tweets in which she discussed how much she dislikes white people, particularly a subset of white people.

George Will: Extended age of adolescence

WASHINGTON — Controversies about "free-range parenting" illuminate today's scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of "child protection."

Jim Nowlan: C'mon back, water's plentiful

Illinois has been hemorrhaging residents to sunny California and the Southwest for decades. But today California lacks the natural infrastructure to support its nearly 40 million residents, most of whom live on the desert.

A study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration reports that California is probably in for a mega-drought that will last 30 or more years.

Jim Dey: New UI study cites 'racial microaggressions'

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George Will: Here comes Apostle Mike

WASHINGTON — In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats' presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a gathering of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president.

Dan Corkery: WWI memorial returning to original home

How is the University of Illinois handling its gifts, artwork and grounds? Tell us what you think in a letter.

The World War I memorial will be having a homecoming.

Jim Dey: High court's pension law ruling is bad news for taxpayers

State retirees and members of its public pension systems can — for now — dance in the streets.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, who raised constitutional questions from the beginning, is free to gloat that he was right all along.

House Speaker Michael Madigan — who is unaccustomed to losing — is looking for ice to apply to his bloodied nose.

John Foreman: State needs to get on board with right-to-work protection

So it looks like your dream job. The employer likes you, and you pass every test in flying colors. You start work, and it's better than you ever imagined. By everyone's estimation, you're doing a great job.

And 30 days later, you're fired.

Jim Dey: Future bleak for school funding fix

One of the problems of having a lot of problems is not knowing where to start to make things right.