Ignoring path to recovery

WASHINGTON — It is said that the problem with the younger generation — any younger generation — is that it has not read the minutes of the last meeting. Barack Obama, forever young, has convenient memory loss: It serves his ideology.

All the news fit for a president

WASHINGTON — Former President George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers.

President Barack Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.

The commencement speech racket

CHICAGO — Enough commencement-speech madness. Enough controversy over who is allowed to speak. Enough with speakers who are simply promoting themselves.

John Foreman: UI-Carle med school a dream worth living

The most exciting development in Champaign-Urbana these past weeks had nothing to do with new hotels or graduating seniors or even whether someone's little brother will get to play on the basketball team.

The most profound bang — far and away — emanated from a consultant's report rather quietly hatched by the University of Illinois and Carle Foundation Hospital.

An address sensible voters are unlikely to ever hear

WASHINGTON — All modern presidents of both parties have been too much with us. Talking incessantly, they have put politics unhealthily at the center of America's consciousness. Promising promiscuously, they have exaggerated government's proper scope and actual competence, making the public perpetually disappointed and surly.

Dan Corkery: Get the picture: Are restaurants displaying placards?

If you go out to a restaurant in Champaign-Urbana this week, please look for a green placard near the entrance.

It should be easy to find.

And when you see the placard, can you take a picture of it? Our friends at would like to share your photo.

Jim Dey: Need a lawyer? Careful

Five times a year, most recently on May 19, the Illinois Supreme Court releases its roll of dishonor — the names and penalties of lawyers who have run afoul of the rules governing their conduct.

Witness: Kilgore spree caused 'ripple effect of trauma'

Witness to '75 holdup can't believe he's free

James Kilgore, the onetime revolutionary turned faculty member, describes his 1970s crime spree and nearly three decades on the run from the FBI as "political offenses."

Dan Corkery: Volcano eruption, college graduation forever linked

Thirty-four years ago today, a then little-known peak in southwestern Washington state became a household term for death, destruction and the power of Mother Earth.

The complicated legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson

WASHINGTON — Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: "We're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few." This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

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