A new president

A scientist from New York will soon lead the University of Illinois.

The recent announcement that Timothy Killeen will become the 20th president of the University of Illinois was a festive affair, filled with the traditional optimism that accompanies high-profile hirings at a great academic institution.

Imperial president

President Obama's quasi-amnesty order may gain him favor with immigrant groups, but his action comes at considerable expense to the rule of law.

The president Thursday announced his decision to grant a form of amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, an action whose legitimacy has been widely challenged.

Season for giving

Not everyone can enjoy our approaching season of bounty.

With Thanksgiving just a week away, many of us are contemplating a big holiday meal in the company of friends and family.

That's a great thing. Exactly the way this nation's holidays are meant to be spent.

No ordinary Jane

A historic figure in Chicago politics, Jane Byrne rode to power on the back of a raging snowstorm.

Whatever else one wants to call the late Mayor Byrne — and there was both good and bad — she was one of a kind.

Marriage rulings on crash course

The U.S. Supreme Court can run, but it can't hide.

Six weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made history of sorts by refusing to hear a case.

The court rejected a request to review decisions in three of the 13 federal judicial circuits that legalized homosexual marriage. The ruling had the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage, at least for the time being, in 30 of the 50 states.

Lame-duck season draws near

Does Gov. Pat Quinn have at least one more trick up his sleeve as he heads out the door?

Those who believe, as a matter of principle, that our elected officials should be accountable for their actions need to take a deep breath and brace themselves for disappointment.

Move forward on fracking law

Both sides on the issue helped to negotiate the law and have their say on regulations.

If you listen to partisans on the issue, the approval of long-awaited rules to allow "fracking" for oil and natural gas to begin in southern Illinois either heralds an economic boom or a looming environmental disaster.

Voters send clear message

Americans expect and deserve more from the people they send to Washington to represent them.

In this month's midterm elections, where Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and retained firm control of the House, voters sent a clear message that they are fed up with dysfunction in government.

Big bucks and the Big U

Whether it's paying for high-priced talent or setting tuition rates, the University of Illinois is dealing in big numbers.

Thursday's news about higher education revolved around money, the gist of which we're all familiar with. What's new are the specific amounts.

Not in my neighborhood?

Next week, the Danville City Council is expected to decide if medical marijuana will be sold in its community.