Editorial | Change of venue disappointing

A judge's decision to move Brendt Christensen's murder trial to Peoria was made solely for the convenience of the man presiding over the case.

U.S. Judge James Shadid's decision to move a widely publicized murder trial from the federal courthouse in Urbana to another in Peoria is a disappointment.

Editorial | Out of mind, not out of sight

Ugly headlines are in abeyance, but they'll be back.

Don't hold your breath waiting for the NCAA to act on the ongoing pay-for-play college basketball scandal that already has implicated a number of big-time programs.

But don't despair that no action will be taken either.

Editorial | 'Top secret' doesn't cut it

Aren't the people who pay the bills for the Urbana schools entitled to know the reasons behind the recent administrative shake-up?

There's a lot going on in the Urbana schools these days, apparently not too much of it coming down on the positive side of the ledger.

Editorial | Cash for Christmas

Producers may not be happy about it, but consumers love falling oil prices.

Timing, as the saying goes, is everything.

So the decline in gasoline prices just as Christmas is around the corner could not be better news for consumers who appreciate having more money in their pockets.

Editorial | What's the limit?

Legalized gambling isn't the golden goose that it used to be.

When the new Illinois governor and Legislature take office in January, they will encounter difficult financial issues and, given their aversion to facing hard facts, immediately begin looking for an easy solution.

In search of a revenue boost, they can be expected to legalize marijuana and expand gambling.

Editorial | On to the next battle

With the 2018 election barely in the record books, it's time to look ahead to the 2020 presidential election.

Editorial | George H.W. Bush (1924-2018)

From a world war through the Cold War and beyond, President Bush met this country's challenges up close and personal.

All American presidents, no matter what their personal qualities, are extraordinary individuals. How else could they have climbed to the top of the political heap?

Editorial | Nancy gets the nod?

U.S. House Democrats have overwhelmingly chosen their longtime leader Nancy Pelosias their preferred choice for speaker. Buta small band of party dissenters say they'll continue to oppose her.

Editorial | Court ruling outlines problem

Will this state ever get out of its pension hole? Not at the rate it's going.

The Illinois Supreme Court last week issued a complicated, unanimous decision that didn't make a ripple on the news.

Editorial | Now you see it, now you don't

That was some rhetorical assault that didn't happen Tuesday in Springfield.

Illinois legislators occupy a make-believe world, one where money grows on trees and chickens never come home to roost.