Jim Dey: A rough-and-tumble road to appointment

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The setting was cool, calm and collected in mid-June when council members met to consider an appointment to a vacant seat on the nine-member Champaign City Council.

George Will: The wrinkle in the ACA decision

"What chumps!" — Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015

What others are saying about ... a notable woman

The Treasury Department last month announced that a new $10 bill will feature a woman, the first time a female has appeared on a note in more than a century. The bill will be released in 2020 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Jim Dey: Arizona mapping case may have little impact in Illinois

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage attracted considerable attention — both nationally and within the state. But another decision — this one involving a political dispute in Arizona — had reformers in the Land of Lincoln in a triumphant mood.

George Will: Candidates and the courts

WASHINGTON — In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention's prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 "language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders." He knew that the purport of the text would evolve "with the changeable meaning of the words composing it."

Jim Dey: A twisting, turning journey of homelessness, mental illness

Bill Walton — a homeless man who lived on the streets of downtown Urbana for decades — died June 23 in hospice care. His death, according to lifetime friend William Weisiger, came "10 days after his 69th birthday."

Jim Nowlan: Will social media save clubs?

I am active in my local Lions Club, a club that does good works for our community.

But our numbers have dwindled precipitously. From a hundred members when chartered in 1948, we now gather but a handful for our monthly meetings, mostly old duffers like me.

Where have all the Lions gone, and does it really matter?

Dan Corkery: Be a bather first, then a swimmer

Let's assume it will stop raining.

The clouds will give way to the high July sun, and the afternoon temperatures will climb over 85 degrees.

Weary from too many days cooped up indoors, we'll head for the pool. Sun and water, our summer salve.

Being by a pool appeals to all our senses.

Light twinkling off the water.

Kids laughing and splashing.

Esther Cepeda: Let's scrap social media campaign

CHICAGO — We should have left the historical figures on our money alone. Let Alexander Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers on our currency rest in peace.

One need not be pro-man or anti-woman to believe that diminishing the men on our paper bills in order to elevate a female, by 2020, as recently decreed by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, is pure folly.

George Will: The damaging doctrine of John Roberts

WASHINGTON — Conservatives are dismayed about the Supreme Court's complicity in rewriting the Affordable Care Act — its ratification of the IRS' disregard of the statute's plain and purposeful language. But they have contributed to this outcome.