Targeting adults

Smoking is a bad thing, but some of the efforts to regulate it out of existence are even worse.

Most people probably have no problem with Illinois U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin's opposition to the sale of cigarettes to children.

Life on Mars?

Scientists at NASA are revved up.

What's so exciting about a patch of damp soil?

Nothing. Unless, of course, it's on Mars. Then it's party time.

A powerful pope

Pope Francis' ability to inspire ordinary people was on vivid display during his recent visit to America.

Displaying a common touch, a kindly manner and concern for those in need, Pope Francis caught the attention of many millions of American during his recent visit.

It was a whirlwind affair, the pontiff packing each day of his six-day visit with a full schedule.

Illinois' next money sleuth

Illinois' next auditor general should be like the current auditor.

State legislators have an important decision to make when they select the successor to retiring Auditor General William Holland.

The business of amateurism

The NCAA is fighting to maintain its iron grip on major college sports.

A federal appeals court ruling has thrown more fat into the fire involving the issues of amateurism, major college sports and the regulatory authority of the NCAA.

Putin's ploy

Russian President Vladimir Putin's latest strategic gambit includes a military presence in Syria.

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sparred over what to do about Syria during back-to-back appearances this week at the United Nations.

The exchange revealed the policies of both men.

No pain, no gain

Only an aroused public can get Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan to the negotiating table.

Among the latest shoes to drop in the state's ongoing budget standoff is news from the secretary of state's office that it can no longer afford to send out vehicle registration renewal reminders.

Boehner bids adieu

Republicans are searching for a new leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.

There's no way to read U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's surprise resignation announcement as evidence of anything other than the disarray and disagreement among rank-and-file congressional Republicans.

The searchers

There is no one way to identify candidates for top university positions.

New University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen hasn't been in his new job long enough to make a deep impression on the campus or the community.

Give consent to consent decree

The Mahomet Aquifer consent decree deserves public support.

With city council members in Urbana and Savoy casting "yes" votes for the Mahomet Aquifer consent decree, just three units of government remain to be heard.