More UI e-mails telling the sordid tale

Shoes keep dropping in the controversy surrounding politicized admissions at the University of Illinois.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that University of Illinois President B. Joseph White expressed satisfaction that a special commission had been appointed to investigate its admissions process and promised full disclosure.

Animal blamed for power outage in parts of Urbana

Electricity is reported out in parts of Urbana.

Ameren says an animal is to blame.

Same old, same old

The watchdog who needs a watchdog has been napping again.

His campaign disclosure report was due on Jan. 20, but Champaign County Auditor Tony Fabri didn't get around to filing the statutorily mandated document until June 15, the day the State Board of Elections was scheduled to discuss whether to issue a $25 a day fine. Given he was 145 days late, Fabri saved himself $3,625.

Richard Scanlan

University of Illinois classics professor Richard Scanlan made a name for himself with his zest for teaching and life.

Even those who hadn't taken classes taught by Richard Scanlan had heard of him. But for those who attended his lectures, Professor Scanlan, who died June 21, was not only memorable but unforgettable.

Cap-and-trade hardly cost free

House Democrats being pressed to support energy cap-and-trade legislation would do well to consider its impact on average Americans.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is, according to news reports, putting her prestige on the line and demanding her Democratic majority pass the cap-and-trade legislation bill Friday that would place dramatic limits on carbon dioxide emissions.

Blago pal Kelly could pay a heavy price for loyalty

Another associate of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is going to prison.

Champaign's contributor to the pay-for-play scandal that brought down the Blagojevich administration has been sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $600,000 in restitution.

DNA test divides court

DNA testing is a powerful law enforcement tool, but that doesn't mean the U.S. Constitution mandates its use in all circumstances.

William Osborne of Alaska was one of three men charged with raping and leaving a prostitute for dead in 1993.

Burris outsmarts questioners

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris' rhetorical acrobatics helped him escape a perjury charge.

Illinois U.S. Sen. Roland Burris got some rare good news last week. Sangamon County prosecutors finished their investigation of Burris' testimony before a state legislative committee by concluding that the veteran politician had not committed perjury.

Minimum wage hike not helpful

Raising the minimum wage isn't as helpful to low-skilled workers as its proponents contend.

The economy was flush in 2007 when Congress passed a three-step increase in the minimum wage. Now, with the economy in recession and the overall unemployment rate approaching 10 percent, the final step, an national increase from $6.55 to $7.25, will go into effect July 1. Illinois has a minimum wage even higher than the federal government. Minimum wages here will go up from $7.75 to $8 for those over 18 and from $7.25 to $7.50 for those under 18.

Give UI records to commission

The UI's pledge of cooperation didn't last long.

It was a little over a week ago that University of Illinois President B. Joseph White was applauding the appointment of a special commission to investigate UI admissions policies and promising full cooperation.