Clinton gets her biggest win

July 5, 2016, will go down in U.S. history — it's the day presidential candidate Hillary Clinton escaped federal indictment.

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, flying on Air Force One with President Barack Obama, campaigned Tuesday, acting as if nothing big had happened.

Clock ticking

The arguments on a proposed amendment to end gerrymandering are in; now the waiting begins.

A Cook County judge who heard arguments on the legal merits of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would eliminate gerrymandering will issue a ruling July 21.

The budget that isn't

Democrats and Republicans in Springfield did the best they could to fashion a state budget truce. But the voters have a right to expect better.

When pigs fly, as the old saying goes, it's unfair to grade them on the technical proficiency of their landings and takeoffs. If they can just get off the ground, it's enough.

An elected executive?

The fall election is likely to become even more interesting now that two local groups are calling for dramatic change in Champaign County government.

Champaign County government may have its share of problems, but it's hard to imagine that a shortage of elective offices is one of them.

No big deal

The Taser experiment is working so well in Urbana, the city is getting more of them.

Urbana City Council members met earlier this week to conduct some routine business. Without much fanfare, they gave their tentative approval to a request from Police Chief Patrick Connolly to acquire eight more Tasers in addition to the six already on hand.

Overzealous feds suffer setback

Engaging in tawdry behavior isn't necessarily the equivalent of engaging in criminal behavior.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife showed terrible judgment when they accepted expensive gifts with an estimated value of $175,000 from a friend, businessman Jonnie R. Williams.

Budget is long past due

Most people are sick of the protracted political struggle between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, and Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat, are again communicating. But it's not clear if they're talking to each other or past each other.

Maintain check on the executive

Our constitutional system is in jeopardy if the president — any president — is allowed to become an imperial figure.

Public reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that doomed President Barack Obama's executive order on illegal immigration differed markedly, mostly depending on whether those commenting agreed or disagreed with the president's decision.

Let's make a deal

Aren't people hired with the expectation that they'll do a good job?

Contract negotiations are all about give and take, offers and counteroffers, making concessions in one area to advance in another.

Everyone knows it. Nonetheless, the contract signed by new University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman is instructive on the question of how big deals get done.

No evidence in Gray case

A precipitous prosecution in a high-profile case is falling apart.

Baltimore prosecutors have failed for the third time to obtain a conviction in connection with the April 2015 death of a man in police custody that led to widespread riots.