Mass murder in Orlando

What looks like another terror attack raises questions that don't have ready answers.

Mere words can hardly convey the depth of horror that surrounds the slaughter of patrons at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.

Even though these attacks just keep coming — Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Orlando — it's impossible to get one's arms around the nihilistic depravity on display here.

Budget fight hurting Dems?

Illinois voters are starting to point fingers of blame over the state's endless budget battle.

Tough, hard men used to getting their way, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan have fixed opinions about how they conduct business.

Called out of retirement?

Some observers look to the past to try to force the state's leadership to reach a compromise budget.

Our colleagues on the editorial board of the Daily Herald, based in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, have an interesting suggestion: Perhaps former Gov. Jim Edgar should mediate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic leadership in the General Assembly.

Homelessness not going away

Funding shortages cause local agencies to shut down programs that assist some of the most vulnerable among us.

Be grateful for small favors.

The weather is warm. It isn't likely to kill anyone tonight.

Clearing away uncertainty

Resolving how the University of Illinois system will operate is a positive step forward. But financial and personnel problems continue to cloud UI's future.

The University of Illinois has been treading in a stream of uncertainty. Last month, the university's administration managed to construct a small raft — something it can rest on, if only briefly.

Two-person race for White House

Hillary Clinton's convincing victories in California and three other state primaries this week set up a historic fall campaign.

Now there are two. Two candidates, that is. One a Democrat, the other a Republican.

Federal probe of Unit 4 schools

The issue of how much discipline there is — or should be — in the Champaign schools is back on the district's agenda.

Enough is enough

Video gambling is growing at a surprising and disturbing pace.

It was a tough call. Nonetheless, it's hard to argue with the Urbana City Council's decision to reject two recent requests to license more video-gambling parlors.

One conviction leads to second

A pending legal review of a high-profile murder doesn't mean as much as it once did.

The Illinois Supreme Court made big news in March when it announced it would hear the appeal of a former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of murdering his third wife.

Ground shifting under auditor

The news continues to get worse for a high-ranking state official who is being investigated by the FBI.

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino has mostly been spared serious political fallout as a consequence of a pending federal investigation.