Gill has a good point

Is the two-party system so entrenched that it can have one set of rules for itself and another for outsiders?

Independent congressional candidate David Gill will have to do some fancy litigating to get on the fall ballot.

Glossing over flossing

Hey you — the one with the food particles stuck between your front teeth — listen up.

OK, people know there's not only no free lunch, but no Santa Claus. It's the same with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

Ideas unwelcome

The once-sacred concept of free speech on campus continues to be under attack.

College administrators talk a lot about the importance of free speech, repeatedly emphasizing the importance of campuses being the perfect locales to discuss and debate wide-ranging ideas.

Help wanted

If you're interested in becoming a part of the political process, Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten has a job for you.

County Clerk Hulten has issued a couple full-throated cries for volunteers to fill vacant election judge positions for the Nov. 8 election, and The News-Gazette has been happy to help him spread the word.

A case from long ago

Public perceptions of a would-be assassin don't govern how the courts address his case.

Thirty-five years ago — March 30, 1981 — a severely mentally-ill man named John Hinckley Jr. tried to kill President Ronald Reagan.

Tar Heels tell NCAA to get lost

The NCAA's long-running investigation into irregularities in a prominent university's athletics program has taken a dramatic new turn.

Officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have decided that the best defense to a sports wrongdoing probe by the NCAA is a good offense.

Grand bargain or delusion?

Will the current cessation of budget hostilities between the state's political leaders lead to a post-election budget agreement or more discord?

Notice is in the mail

Worried about forgetting to renew your license plates? Secretary of State Jesse White plans to solve a problem his office created.

Those looking for proof that longtime Secretary of State Jesse White just might be thinking about running for re-election in 2018 might start by trying to read the political tea leaves in his office's vehicle registration reminder notices.

Peterson principle

Is it time to close the book on a sensational Illinois murder case?

Former suburban Chicago police Officer Drew Peterson was down, but not out, after he was convicted of murdering his third wife and sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Legislators 'fine' with marijuana

The change in public attitudes toward marijuana use is reflected in a groundbreaking new law.

Given the history surrounding the "evil weed," Gov. Bruce Rauner last week signed a remarkable piece of legislation.