Editorial | A shot in the arm for Urbana

Proposed residential development appearsto be a winner for all parties involved.

Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin is making no effort to hide her excitement over what she regards as a groundbreaking residential development agreement for downtown.

"It's a milestone," she said.

A moment later, the mayor reiterated her point.

"This is a turning point."

Editorial | Public Enemy No. 1 in Illinois

The state's pension mess will be the biggest issue for the winner of the governor's race.

Just another 10 days, and this dreary election year will be over. The incessant political noise will, thankfully, cease — at least for a while.

Federal races remain in doubt. The analysts are all over the place in terms of their predictions of the results.

Editorial | More to come in hoops scandal

The prospect of a prison sentence is going to loosen the tongues of those caught up in one of the biggest sports scandals of all time.

Another shoe dropped in the burgeoning college basketball pay-for-play scandal, and it was a big one.

Editorial | Rauner's 'Hail Mary' ad the latest low

Standards of propriety in political campaigns have fallen lower than a snake's belly.

Down in the polls and desperate to attract public attention to his warnings of impending apocalypse, Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched a television advertisement that would, if the language wasn't so coarse, be accurately characterized as a "Hail Mary."

Editorial | Gutter politics

Truth is a routine casualty when it comes to campaign rhetoric.

About a year ago, Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul not only wasn't concerned about his Republican opponent in the general election for attorney general, he was downright dismissive.

Editorial | A substantial hurdle for the defense

Brendt Christensen's trial should remain in Urbana unless the judge sees clear signs the defendant wouldn't be able to receive a fair trial here.

Editorial | Retain Ford, Griffith as judges

Two area judges seeking retention in the Sixth Judicial Circuit deserve voter support.

Illinois has what some regard as a peculiar method of electing its judges.

It requires them to run on a partisan basis for their first term — Democrat against Republican.

Editorial | Pay for play

Giving truly great athletes a viable alternative to playing major college basketball might be one way to minimize corrupt recruiting.

Those who have been following the high-profile college basketball corruption trial in New York know there's plenty of under-the-table money sloshing around the game.

Editorial | For the 13th Congressional District: Rodney Davis

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis may be the bete noir of Champaign-Urbana's political activists, but he matches up nicely with his sprawling congressional district.

Democrats have dreamed for years now of capturing the U.S. House seat from Illinois' 13th Congressional District, a huge geographic area that includes Champaign-Urbana and runs all the way to the Missouri border.

Editorial | A new mayor in Danville

Ricky Williams Jr. faces the same challenges that his predecessor did.

Come Nov. 5, the city of Danville will have a new mayor, albeit an acting mayor.

Voters will have the opportunity to elect a permanent mayor to a full four-year term early next year — first in a February primary and then in an April general election.