Prosecutor to probe firings

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey responds to one long investigation by ordering another one.

After a lengthy internal investigation, lawyers in the U.S. Justice Department concluded that politics occasionally got involved in the political appointments and dismissals of some U.S. attorneys.

Only one option when facing prison

Convicted felon Tony Rezko, Gov. Blagojevich's onetime close friend, is having second thoughts about the virtue of personal loyalty.

Though he shows no outward sign of concern, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's legal troubles appear to be getting worse.

In honor of Arnie

Fans of Po' Boys restaurant will get one more chance to enjoy the food and pay their respects.

Arnold "Arnie" Yarber, a longtime Champaign restaurateur who died in October 2007, loved people and University of Illinois sports, particularly football.

Student groups pushing to get voters registered by deadline

If you haven't registered to vote yet, you have only two more days to do so.

"Everyone is making that last big push," said Amy Sponsler, director of the UI's Office of Volunteer Programs and adviser to the nonpartisan student group I-Vote.

State ethics law needs some common sense

An overly broad interpretation of the state's 2003 ethics law is creating serious problems, especially at the University of Illinois.

A silly, ill-advised memo hinting that University of Illinois employees could run into trouble if they wear political buttons or in some other way politicked on campus has exploded into what might become a full-blown attack on free speech rights.

Get the con-con ballot question right

Hurrah for Cook County Circuit Judge Nathanial Howse Jr., for insisting that Illinois officials run something approximating a clean and fair election next month. But at this late date a truly honorable vote on whether to hold an Illinois constitutional convention is probably impossible.

Lawyers will be back in court in Chicago today in a virtually last-minute effort to fix an election-question mess brought to you by your friends in the legislative and executive branches of state government. And it's not an exaggeration to suggest that if it wasn't for Cook County Circuit Judge Nathanial Howse Jr., the approximately 5 million or so Illinoisans who go to the polls Nov. 4 would be voting on a horribly biased and wrong constitutional election question. The Illinois Constitution requires that at least once every 20 years the state's voters must be asked whether they believe it is time for another constitutional convention. This is that year. But mischief-making lawmakers – it's still not clear who – loaded the referendum question with biased and inaccurate wording.

Indispensable man

There's no limit on the egos of some elected officials.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reached an interesting conclusion about his tenure as the leader of the nation's largest city: he is indispensable.

Prepare to be boarded, bitten by pirate bugs

Hungry bugs should vanish after area's first hard frost

Arrr, matey, they be harvesting the corn, so that's a sinking ship. Shiver me timbers, we need to start eating humans.

Cubs, White Sox series would be great for Illinois

It's been 102 years – before this newspaper even existed – since an all-Chicago World Series. This month there's an outside chance it could happen again.

Permit us to dream a bit about something that the people of New York and San Francisco have experienced, but the people of Chicago have not seen since 1906: a World Series held wholly held within the city limits. It could happen if both the White Sox and the Cubs are each able to win two preliminary series against daunting foes. It is a longshot, we admit, but again, let us dream.

Suffering in another 'Motown'

A tentative contract between union workers and Mitsubishi at the company's Normal plant is an indication of how sickly the automobile industry is today.

Here's how bad things are in the U.S. automobile industry today: United Auto Workers members at the Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal will vote this month on a contract that cuts their wages by $4 an hour. In exchange, they get a guarantee that most of them will continue to be employed and that the 20-year-old plant will stay open another four years.