A new day at Willard

Willard Airport has doubled the number of airlines that provide daily flights.

It wasn't just passengers that a United Airlines flight out of the University of Illinois Willard Airport was carrying Thursday.

Convictions can carry costs

It's not over till it's over.

Last year, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick made big news when he refused to stand for the national anthem before NFL games. His action prompted similar protests across the country during pre-game performances of the anthem, including in Champaign-Urbana.

Comey's discourse

Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony has millions of people talking — and disagreeing — about the importance of what he said.

James Comey took the nation by storm last week when he testified before a congressional committee.

Retiring or being retired

This week in sports is a tale of two coaches.

Two of the nation's top college coaches are out of jobs today — one by choice and the other not.

The University of Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, who was phenomenally successful during his 18 years leading the Sooners' football program, decided to call it quits at age 56. He's leaving on top.

Is process really broken?

Holding a constitutional convention has surface appeal in a state whose leaders refuse to compromise.

An Illinois House member from Springfield — Rep. Tim Butler — has an interesting, but not persuasive, suggestion for fixing Illinois.

Bosses rush to boost Pritzker

The political bosses have made their choice clear in the race for the Democratic Party's 2018 gubernatorial nomination. Will rank-and-file Democrats dutifully follow their lead?

Eager to get a head start on the effort to oust a Republican governor, the AFL-CIO on Tuesday gave its endorsement to the best candidate to represent the Democratic Party in the 2018 election.

Coercion? Or free choice?

An Illinois case has the potential to change the legal landscape for public employees.

Another big step in the making — or perhaps re-making — of American constitutional law occurred Tuesday when lawyers for state employee Mark Janus asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Janus should be forced to pay dues to a union he does not wish to join.

Then and now

Remember all that stuff about shared sacrifice? Forget it.

It seems pretty clear that former Democratic state Sen. Michael Noland of Elgin never intends to run for public office again. Either that or he has the worst political judgment of any would-be politician since the dawn of time.

A formula for discord

Illinois legislators keep saying failure is not an option. Then they lay the groundwork for more failure.

There are few issues that are more important — or that have been subjected to more thorough scrutiny and debate — than the need to revise Illinois' outdated K-12 public school funding formula.

Another heapin' helping of failure

It takes two to make a problem this bad.

It's hard to feel anything but disgust over the failure — for the third year in a row — of the General Assembly to pass a budget by the May 31 deadline.