Making bad situation worse

Illinois keeps trying to spend its way out of debt.

If there is anything that is undeniable about government in Illinois, it's that the state is flat broke.

It has $5.1 billion in unpaid bills, owes $100 billion for underfunded state pensions and faces crippling budget deficits.

Obama goes to war

He's trying to get out, but events keep pulling President Obama back into Middle East conflicts.

Casting aside his usual ambivalence about projecting American power, President Barack Obama has committed this country to launching an attack on a new terrorist threat that he says will take years to destroy.

Slugging it out

The two major gubernatorial candidates don't have much nice to say about each other.

When two powerful people covet the same prize, it's inevitable that the competition will turn to personal conflict.

That's why political campaigns often not only are hard-fought but personally ugly.

Welcome face-lift

The planned remake of heavily traveled streets in the campus area is an exciting prospect.

A $15.7 million federal grant combined with another $19 million in local matching funds will go a long way toward changing the face of five major traffic corridors in Champaign-Urbana.

Successful partnership

The Caterpillar Corp. is expanding its local footprint.

Most people may not be able to explain exactly what it is that Caterpillar does at the University of Illinois Research Park — but they know it's good for the company as well as the UI.

Penn State goes on parole

Players and coaches on the Penn State University football team will no longer have to pay for a former coach's crimes.

The NCAA recently modified its ill-advised sanctions against the Penn State program, coming to its senses four years after the horrific Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal that tainted the school's reputation.

Obama will wait

The president is hoping that what voters don't know won't hurt him at the polls.

It's rare for elected officials to discuss in detail the political calculations that go into their policy pronouncements.

Another hotshot takes a fall

Beware of hustlers bearing gifts.

It was unseemly, even disgraceful, for former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts from a businessman looking for the state's help in promoting his business.

When market speaks, officials should listen

Trying to force round pegs into square holes rarely is a recipe for success.

If wishing made it so, the Landmark Hotel at Urbana's Lincoln Square would be a point of pride in the community.

Instead, it's a source of angst for city officials who bet a boatload of taxpayer money that they could turn a bankrupt operation into a commercial success.

Critics of Wise, Easter off base

The campus community should feel free to discuss the Steven Salaita controversy, but no-confidence votes on top administrators are not justified.

Accepting the view of their recent critics requires a decidedly low opinion of University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise and President Robert Easter.

We share no such opinion.