Editorial | Smoker numbers continue to fall

When it comes to cigarettes, times have really changed.

The half-century-long campaign aimed at discouraging cigarette smoking represents one of the great victories in the fight to improve public health.

Where smokers once represented more than 40 percent of the adult population, the numbers today continue to dwindle.

Editorial | Put on a happy face?

No one likes bad news, but it's important to deal with it in a forthright manner.

There are people — how many is not clear — holding powerful positions in Illinois who decry the negativity surrounding government in this state, most particularly its beleaguered financial status.

Editorial | Parking only

Keeping the downtown Champaign entertainment district busy is a top priority for the city council.

Champaign City Council members took a step forward this week in their continuing effort to discourage the gathering of unruly crowds, particularly in the socially active downtown area.

Whether it's a big step forward or a small one remains to be determined.

Editorial | No decision in map-drawing fight

Sometimes, the most significant rulings the U.S. Supreme Court makes are its non-rulings.

For the second time in a month, the U.S. Supreme Court has confronted major constitutional issues by deciding the case before them while punting on the key question presented to them.

Editorial | Too difficult to enforce

The Supreme Court has ruled that a law on polling-place attire lacks 'objective, workable standards.'

Free-speech issues come in all shapes and sizes, perhaps few more curious than the one from Minnesota decided last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Editorial | Efficiency in government

Elective county offices — treasurer, sheriff and recorder of deeds — are throwbacks to the past that would be unthinkable if starting from scratch.

Champaign County Board members have rejected proposals in the past to make the eminently sensible move of consolidating the offices of county clerk and recorder.

Editorial | Jury is out on North Korean summit deal

Is the hype over President Donald Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un much ado about nothing?

The reviews are in — and they are mixed — regarding President Donald Trump's meeting last week with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Editorial | Honoring Charles Krauthammer

One of the great voices on the modern political scene has been silenced.

Regular readers of editorials and opinion columns in this newspaper and others have noticed a gaping hole in their offerings for months now.

Sadly, readers learned last week that what they hoped would be a temporary loss has become permanent.

Editorial | Spiking the spike

During recent budget talks, legislators took action to limit special payouts to retiring teachers.

Those who read the fine print and are familiar with budget tricks haven't been much impressed with the state's new $38.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

It's just more of what got Illinois in deep trouble to begin with.

Editorial | Woe is Medicare, Social Security

How many times have our elected officials been warned that Medicare and Social Security face deep financial troubles?

In the midst of all the news about President Donald Trump's meeting with the leader of North Korea and special counsel Robert Mueller's impeachment investigation, readers may have missed the recent news about the state of Social Security and Medicare.