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Containing Iran's nuclear intoxication

WASHINGTON — This week brings a constitutional moment illustrating a paradox of Barack Obama's presidency. The catalyst of the drama is legislation proposed by Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asserting Congress' foreign policy responsibilities and prerogatives. The paradox is this:

Jim Dey: Opinions differ on recusal

If members of the public had any concerns about the ethics of a recent vote by a local park board member, it wasn't apparent in Tuesday's election.

Finishing second in a three-candidate race for two open Champaign Park Board seats, incumbent Jane Solon-Wetmore collected 5,059 votes to finish well ahead of third-place finisher Brent West's 3,933 and just behind Craig Hays' 5,461.

Jim Dey: In the shade of a shady land deal

Veteran Sullivan lawyer Robert Elder wanted a small piece of property near his residence that was owned by the estate of a client.

Dan Corkery: Extra! Extra! New feature debuts in today's section

Today, you'll find something new: the Sunday Extra.

The intent behind this new feature is to give you, our readers, another way for expressing your opinion.

It's baseball trivia time ... no cheating!

WASHINGTON — Visiting a struggling pitcher on the mound, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver advised, "If you know how to cheat, start now." Be advised that Googling is cheating as you try to identify:

(1) The player who compiled at least 400 total bases in five different seasons (no one else did it in four).

Jim Dey: No easy solution

If it's done right, the legislative process moves slowly, thoughtfully, but inexorably toward a result that most interested parties can live with while serving the broad public interest.

At least that's how it's characterized in civics textbooks.

Jim Dey: Difficult days for Durbin

Illinois U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin has long aspired to lead the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, but that dream was deferred again last week when the current Democratic leader, Nevada's Harry Reid, announced he is both retiring and endorsing another Democrat for the post Durbin covets.

Jim Dey: Senate race starts quietly in Illinois

The 2016 U.S. Senate race from Illinois started quietly Monday.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced through a video posted on her campaign website that she's seeking her party's nomination to oust Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk.

Dan Corkery: Time to put your math training to work

"How much will it cost me?"

Voters ask that whenever government seeks to raise taxes.

This spring, people in the Champaign school district are wondering how much their property taxes will increase if the $144 million school construction bond issue is approved.

To answer that, you'll have to do some math.

Remembrance of Clintons past

WASHINGTON — An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world's oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America's regulatory and redistributive state, is eager to give her its presidential nomination, in recognition of ... what?