Editorials

Editorials

Winners and losers

Illinois' masterful Madigan always has something up his sleeve.

The state of the State of Illinois is a sham and a disgrace, but that doesn't mean it can't be entertaining — in a stomach-turning sort of way.

Champaign County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen and -women from Champaign County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

Vermilion County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor American servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen from Vermilion County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

Standoff in Springfield

It's slow-going at the legislative sausage-making factory in Springfield.

One never knows what's really going on in the General Assembly until Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan decides to let the cat out of the bag.

Boycott issue cuts both ways

Turnabout is fair play.

With all the growling and gnashing of teeth going on between Democrats and Republicans in Springfield, some people may have missed the remarkable unanimity that took place on an issue that has received national and international attention.

Cast change in union dues lawsuit

The legal fight over the propriety of 'fair share' union dues will continue, but in a different form.

It's a rare lawsuit when opposing sides can claim satisfaction with a judge's ruling.

New boss taking over

New University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen has received many good wishes. But what he needs is good luck.

The first day on the job for a new university president is supposed to be a happy one that carries with it an air of optimism and good wishes.

No doubt, Killeen's first day had plenty of that.

Another fight over a chief

Other states have problems, too.

Judges are supposed to be dignified. They're supposed to treat each other in a collegial and respectful manner. They're supposed to put forth an impressive front that contributes to building public confidence in the judiciary as an institution.

No going back

Hypothethicals that invoke time-machine analogies may be fun for the news media, but they're not very revealing.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican presidential candidate, stuck his foot in his mouth last week when he agreed to play the game of hypotheticals with news reporters.

Just deserts

Sickened by the carnage he caused, jurors decided the Boston Marathon bomber is unworthy of mercy.

The baby face, the claims that he was a tool of a bigger, badder brother, the suggestion that he was, at long last, sorry about killing and maiming all those people fell on deaf ears.