The rap on Facebook

Free speech cases continue to take new and novel forms with the advent of the Internet.

"There's one way to love you, but 1,000 ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaking in blood and dying from all the little cuts."

Does tenure have tenure?

The state of Wisconsin continues its attack on business-as-usual.

Is that all there is?

The Salaita controversy continues — in and out of court.

It's becoming more and more apparent that University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise and the brain-trust at the American Association of University Professors are just going to have to agree to disagree about Steven Salaita.

Good ideas, bad consequences

Effective leaders know how and when to say no.

Thirteen years ago, when Attorney General Jim Ryan was waging his doomed gubernatorial campaign against Democrat Rod Blagojevich, the GOP candidate paid a visit to The News-Gazette to discuss his campaign.

Too many cooks?

Enough, already.

Rick Santorum made it official on May 27, George Pataki did the same thing the next day. They were followed by Lindsey Graham on Monday.

Bobby Jindal has scheduled a June 24 news conference to make a "major announcement." Other June announcements also are in the wind.

Hastert facts speak volumes

The best way to avoid being disappointed in elected officials is never to have any faith in them to start with.

Well, here we go again.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the Plano Republican once second in the line of succession to the presidency, is scheduled to be arraigned some time next week at federal court in Chicago.

What a year

How about those Illini?

A tremendous Fighting Illini baseball season just keeps getting better.

Defending national champion Vanderbilt is next after the Illini's water-soaked, 3-0 sweep at Illinois Field.

They say it's the journey, not necessarily the destination, that is the joy of those miracle seasons sports fans dream about.

Camera's rolling

If Gov. Bruce Rauner signs bipartisan legislation, cops may be soon be wearing body cameras.

Given the recent controversies over police shootings and the need for officers to wear body cameras, it ought to be no great surprise that efforts are under way in Springfield to oversee their implementation on a broad scale.

Difference of opinion

Debate over the propriety of capital punishment continues unabated.

On the same day that a federal judge formally scheduled Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's June 24 death-sentencing hearing, the Nebraska Legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto and abolished the death penalty in that state.

A restoration

Gone for nearly six years, a campus memorial testifying to the sacrifices of war has returned.

Workers at the University of Illinois spent two days last week making things right.