George Will: Big government is ever growing

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America's population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers).

Tom Kacich: Finding Rodney Davis

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Last week was a "district work period" for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, was free to spend time not in Washington, D.C., but in central Illinois.

Jim Dey: Thinking ahead, Ammons endorses Prussing

A cigar is a cigar, but sometimes there's more to an endorsement more than just an endorsement.

So light one up and look behind the curtain of Urbana's mayoral race.

Dan Corkery: The high cost of collegiate ice hockey

Brother, can you spare $100 million?

That's how much the University of Illinois would need tp start men's and women's NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Illinois, according to Kent Brown, Illini sports information director.

John Foreman: I just don't understand

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Sometimes, I think the more I know, the less I understand.

George Will: An adult voice amid pandemic childishness

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Va., acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s.

Jim Dey: Budget, contract fights threaten state worker pay

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The salaries of thousands of state of Illinois employees are up for grabs.

Caught in the midst of two political battles — the 20-month old budget standoff and a management-labor contract dispute — state worker pay is on the line.

Dan Corkery: Whatever happened to ... big plans for a new ice arena

"Make no little plans," Daniel Burnham, the famous architect, once said; "they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized."

That may have worked in Chicago, but it didn't in Champaign-Urbana.

Fourteen years ago, the University of Illinois, developer Peter Fox, industrialist Lou Mervis and other local leaders made their own big plans.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Trumpistan: A legal police state

A year after Langston Hughes' death, Gil Scott-Heron followed his idol to Lincoln University. Within two years Scott-Heron was poised to succeed Hughes as the leading griot or poetic chronicler of the African-American experience.

Austin Berg: State senators testing new tax hikes


Every week, there seems to be news of yet another massive tax hike out of Springfield.

First came the multibillion-dollar income tax hike.

Then a statewide tax on sugary drinks.

Then, on top of all that, a new payroll tax on the "privilege of doing business" in Illinois.

Yes, that's a real quote from the bill.