Editorials

Editorials

More pay to play

What do Illinois and a Swiss-based soccer organization have in common? More than one might think.

Top officials using powerful positions to feather their own nests. Suitcases full of payoff money. Secret bank accounts. Patronage and fiefdoms overseen by supposedly respectable people and used for nefarious purposes. Systemic corruption from top to bottom.

A president, not a king

Barack Obama's effort to rewrite federal immigration law has been dealt a setback.

A federal appeals court looks like it agrees with President Barack Obama that the president has no legal authority to revise federal immigration law with a wave of the hand.

Fraud issue is not academic

University of North Carolina officials aren't commenting on a pending NCAA investigation, but they sure are sweating it.

The drip, drip, drip of an academic scandal surrounding college athletics turned into a flood last week when the NCAA formally charged the University of North Carolina with operating a sham educational program designed to keep athletes eligible.

Winners and losers

Illinois' masterful Madigan always has something up his sleeve.

The state of the State of Illinois is a sham and a disgrace, but that doesn't mean it can't be entertaining — in a stomach-turning sort of way.

Champaign County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen and -women from Champaign County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

Vermilion County roll call of those who sacrificed

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor American servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice. Following is a list of servicemen from Vermilion County who died in war. The list, which may be incomplete, was culled from newspaper articles and records from the National Archives.

Standoff in Springfield

It's slow-going at the legislative sausage-making factory in Springfield.

One never knows what's really going on in the General Assembly until Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan decides to let the cat out of the bag.

Boycott issue cuts both ways

Turnabout is fair play.

With all the growling and gnashing of teeth going on between Democrats and Republicans in Springfield, some people may have missed the remarkable unanimity that took place on an issue that has received national and international attention.

Cast change in union dues lawsuit

The legal fight over the propriety of 'fair share' union dues will continue, but in a different form.

It's a rare lawsuit when opposing sides can claim satisfaction with a judge's ruling.

Another fight over a chief

Other states have problems, too.

Judges are supposed to be dignified. They're supposed to treat each other in a collegial and respectful manner. They're supposed to put forth an impressive front that contributes to building public confidence in the judiciary as an institution.