Much at risk for union members

Strikes generate many losers and few winners.

Unionized state employees have a big decision to make: whether to submit to a four-year contract agreement they dislike or engage in a first-ever strike.

No refunds?

Sometimes government has a hard time doing the right thing.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that raised a bigger question than the one being argued before the justices.

It's this — how do some cases and the questions they pose get all the way to the highest court in the land when the answer is so obvious?

Another Clinton email probe

Now it's the investigators who are under investigation.

Much of 2016 was taken up by the FBI's investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a secret email account and server to handle classified material while she was U.S. secretary of state.

A new beginning?

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Hope springs eternal, even in Illinois.

Perhaps that's why Gov. Bruce Rauner and state legislators were on their best behavior Wednesday when the new Illinois General Assembly was sworn into office.

"Let's make Illinois great again," enthused Illinois Senate President John Cullerton.

Help wanted

The search will soon begin for a new provost at the University of Illinois.

Just when things were starting to settle down a bit, the University of Illinois has another big hole to fill near the top of its organization chart.

No mercy

A federal jury in South Carolina gave a mass murderer what he appeared to want.

The sentence of death returned this week against 22-year-old Dylann Roof is not the end of this stomach-turning case, but in fact the beginning of what could be years of appeals filed on behalf of this ninth-grade dropout.

Prison report in

Coming up with a fix for the state's overcrowded prison system poses a problem that could lack a solution.

Nearly two years ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner established a commission to consider criminal justice issues, specifically what changes could be safely made to reduce the state's prison population.

UI tuition freeze welcome

It wasn't all that long ago that the University of Illinois was raising tuition every year. But times have changed.

People who have been paying attention know that the high cost of obtaining a college education and the long-term debt students run up in the process pose a significant problem for families today.

Cybersecurity hugely important

This country's top intelligence officials have unanimously pointed the finger at Russia.

Testimony at a U.S. Senate hearing and the release of a newly declassified intelligence report lend credence to the widespread suspicion that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to interfere with the recent presidential election.

Tuition plan will be revealing

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a dramatic expansion in social welfare spending.

With a new president on the verge of being sworn in as the nation's chief executive, the first shot recently was fired in the campaign for the White House four years from now.