Bruce Rauner for governor

Illinois voters face a stark choice in the race for governor, embracing the policies that have failed in the past or going in a new direction.

One of the definitions of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results.

Wayne McClain

Much-loved and widely respected, Wayne McClain cut a wide swath in basketball and life.

The Champaign-Urbana community and the larger world of basketball in Illinois lost one of its best people this week with the death of Wayne McClain.

It was stunning news, not just because of McClain's high profile but because few people knew of his illness.

Court monitor will end abuses

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

There's no disputing the substance of the hiring scandal that's racked the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Ebola poses a big problem

Spread of the Ebola virus has federal health officials struggling to come up with new ways to stop its spread.

The ongoing fight against the Ebola virus is a struggle with the invisible, undetectable and lethal, so it's easy to see why federal health officials are trying to minimize the emotional response to this public health threat.

Energy industry all pumped up

An energy boom here at home is undermining price-fixing abroad.

A drop in oil prices to $90 a barrel has forced the price of gasoline down from $4.50 a gallon to the mid-$3 range, providing some relief to resentful motorists.

Happy ending, soon enough

Danville is wisely working with the state to remove its two dangerous low-head dams.

Sometime next year, the city of Danville will likely lose two things: its low-head dams.

The politics of scandal

The best defense is a good offense.

Gov. Pat Quinn went on the attack last week, dropping his past apologies over a state anti-violence initiative while charging that his Republican critics on a legislative audit commission are conducting a "witch hunt."

New way to help?

You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.

A local ministry that serves the poor is embarking on a new mission that will have interesting consequences.

After being closed for a month, Salt & Light recently reopened with a new plan to help people help themselves by requiring something in return from those who request assistance.

Accountability at the VA?

Headlines in the summer are producing changes in the fall.

Big changes are being made in the Veterans Affairs hospital system following disclosure last summer of substandard and delayed care for patients and phony record-keeping to cover it up.

But is it as extensive as the Obama administration would have the public believe?

Throwing book at Obama

A chorus of criticism aimed at President Barack Obama is coming from an unlikely group.

Three decades ago, a genial President Ronald Reagan spoke at one of those Washington dinners where humor is the order of the day.