Surprise choice for state police

Gov. Pat Quinn is shaking up the Illinois State Police.

Here's a story that doesn't pass the smell test.

Chargers' special season

After a series of tense wins , Champaign Centennial's Chargers came home champs.

The way the Centennial High School Chargers made their state championship run, some may have doubted their ability to make it across the finish line. But when the final horn sounded in Saturday's championship game, Centennial had defeated a game Oswego team 61-59 and claimed the first state championship for the city since Harry Combes' 1946 team.

UI trustee pick a good sign

Gov. Quinn kept his word about doing business in an honorable fashion.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn may be dodging brickbats for his unpopular stance on raising taxes, but he deserves a round of applause for taking a different approach than the last two governors regarding appointments to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

EIU alums to debut new play Thursday at Doudna

The founders of Tree Theatre of New York, both Eastern Illinois University alumni, will debut their latest show on Thursday at the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the EIU campus in Charleston.

"Road Trips," an original one-act play, will premiere at 7 p.m. in The Theatre. Due to language and subject matter, "Road Trips" is intended for adults only. Admission is $5.

Fabri's friends flying south

With the Champaign County auditor being exposed as a political slacker, fellow Democrats are forced to distance themselves from Fabri and to reassess the usefulness of the office itself.

"... in six months, you're going to say, 'Wow, I wish I'd voted for him because he's doing a good job." – Champaign County Board member Tom Betz, praising in 2007 the nomination of Tony Fabri to fill the vacant position as county auditor.

Legislators are all above average

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has combined his unequalled political skill with his contempt for the public to turn legislators into lemmings.

Ever wondered why Democratic state legislators in Springfield followed House Speaker Michael Madigan and former Senate President Emil Jones around like little kids, voting as they were told and rarely thinking for themselves?

Quinn tax plan tough to swallow

With Illinois' fiscal house in disarray, Gov. Quinn tells its citizens they'll be the ones to pay.

Hang on to your wallets. Politicians are preparing to grab with both hands.

Marathon needs volunteers

Don't let the April 11 marathon in Champaign go down the drain.

More than 7,000 would-be runners have signed up to participate in the first-ever Illinois Marathon in Champaign on April 11. But unless a fraction of that number volunteers its services to help with traffic control, the whole thing is off.

Tony's excellent adventure

Champaign County's auditor says he really does show up for work. You can believe that or the evidence that shows he doesn't.

Elections mean different things to different people. For Champaign County Auditor Tony Fabri, last November's election, in which he eked out a victory over a better-qualified opponent, apparently meant the start of a four-year vacation paid at $83,245 a year.

AIG execs latest bonus babies

AIG's latest bonus gaffe is just the latest bailout boondoggle.

It's become a cliche to say that certain people out of touch with common sense opinion of the day "just don't get it."