Big bucks and the Big U

Whether it's paying for high-priced talent or setting tuition rates, the University of Illinois is dealing in big numbers.

Thursday's news about higher education revolved around money, the gist of which we're all familiar with. What's new are the specific amounts.

Not in my neighborhood?

Next week, the Danville City Council is expected to decide if medical marijuana will be sold in its community.

Tennis anyone?

November's a special time at the Atkins Tennis Center.

Being a Big Ten community, Champaign-Urbana enjoys nine months' worth of collegiate athletics.

But for one week a year, professional athletes dominate.

What a headache

Need a driver's license? Better fill up the tank and go for a drive.

Six months from now, University of Illinois students will be taking their final exams of the spring semester, Major League Baseball will be in its second month of the season and local residents might have a convenient place to take driver's tests and renew their car tags.

VA's Job One: Customer care

New leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department identifies what the agency needs to be doing: taking care of veterans

Hearing the news about the reorganization of the Veterans Affairs Department, most people probably had this reaction: It's about time.

Blue skies ahead?

The strategic business plan for the University of Illinois Willard Airport calls for substantial changes — and fast.

What's next for Unit 4?

School board members in Champaign must try again to come up with a building plan voters will support.

Coming close to victory doesn't accomplish much in politics — except perhaps for providing a window into voters' minds.

They're conflicted, but about what and why? Even more difficult to discern is what to do about it.

Is there a veteran you'd like to thank?

Is there a veteran you'd like to thank?

Copy editor David Burleson gave area residents the opportunity to single out someone who served. You can do the same. Leave a comment here (or send yours via email to news@news-gazette.com with "thank a veteran" in the subject line and we'll add it) through Tuesday and send a thank-you to a special veteran in your life.

Passport, please

Does the president possess king-like powers in the exercise of foreign policy?

Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem, and he wants his U.S. passport to identify his country of birth as Israel. President Obama doesn't want Zivotofsky's passport to identify any country of birth, instead identifying Zivosofsky's city of birth only.

The next four years

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner should enjoy his victory while he can. The really hard part comes next.

There's a new sheriff in town. But is he packing real heat? Or a squirt gun?

That's the question following Republican businessman Bruce Rauner's victory over incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in Tuesday's election. Wednesday afternoon, Quinn conceded defeat.