"The saviors come not home tonight: Themselves they could not save." — Lines from A.E. Housman, scribbled in a soldier's diary.
CHICAGO — When I started my teacher-training program a decade ago, I thought I'd be teaching for the rest of my life. Full of hope that I could make a difference in the lives of my community's neediest students, I couldn't imagine ever wanting to walk away from such a lofty goal.
Yet, like so many others, I did — after a mere two years in the classroom.
By Jim Nowlan
Illinois has been going through a rough patch. It was not always so. When I was a kid in the 1950s, I was proud to be from Illinois. The state was rich, farming and manufacturing were booming, and we were the crossroads state, with Route 66 and Lincoln highways and long-distance "zephyr" trains connecting in Illinois.
"Top 20 would be maybe a bit of a benchmark, so that was good. I take confidence from that. I look at the next goal and I think maybe top 15 would be the next barrier ranking. I think it's a good indication of where I've come from."
Five months ago, lawyers for a Paris man wrongfully convicted of murder reached an out-of-court settlement for $3.5 million with the police officers and prosecutor he alleged had framed him.
The question then — and the question now — was how much Randy Steidl could collect of that $3.5 million and from whom. So far, $2.5 million is proving hard to get.
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's foreign policy dream — cordial relations with a Middle East tranquilized by "smart diplomacy" — is in a death grapple with reality. His rhetorical writhings illustrate the perils of loquacity.
WASHINGTON — If I had a son, he would look like Christopher Lane, the 22-year-old Australian baseball player shot dead while jogging in Oklahoma.
If I had a father, he'd look like Delbert Belton, the 88-year-old World War II veteran beaten to death in Spokane, Wash.
By Jim Nowlan
For the first time, gubernatorial candidates in Illinois must this year woo and select their running mates for lieutenant governor before circulating petitions this September-December.
PRINCETON, N.J. — Fifty years from now, when Malia and Sasha are grandmothers, their father's presidency might seem most consequential because of a small sum — $100 million — for studying something small. "As humans," Barack Obama said when announcing the initiative to study the brain, "we can identify galaxies light-years away ...
"Society must not and will not tolerate this kind of behavior."