Way to go

It's heart-warming to see young people achieve great things.

Congratulations are due to University Laboratory High School graduate and current Cornell University senior Rachel Harmon for being one of 32 winners of a nationwide competition to win a Rhodes Scholarship.

Bad situation gets even worse

It ain't over till it's over, but it sure looks over.

A Sangamon County judge last week drove another nail into the coffin of the state's pension reform law — a decision that, if upheld, will have a similarly negative effect on the state's finances.

Manning up

Savvy public union leaders can count on state legislators giving them an advantage at the bargaining table.

Our state legislators have done it again — supported legislation that will drive the cost of government higher while resulting in a potential decline in public services.

The good news for them is that the state won't have to pay the bill. Local taxpayers will.

A hiring freeze?

Illinois' new governor is getting a real education.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner paid a visit to Springfield last week to get the lay of the land, familiarizing himself with both the problems and the people in state government.

He rediscovered what he already knew, that Illinois' fiscal condition is "stunningly bad."

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.

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.

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.

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.