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.

Bailout plan goes down in flames

One step forward was followed by two steps back in the deal to pass the financial bailout package.

Top-level negotiators announced they had a deal, but no one told the troops. So when the U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-205 to reject a $700 billion bailout plan to stabilize the financial markets shaken by the collapse of the housing market, there was shock all around.

Big gift for Cunningham

A major donation will help pay for expansion at the Cunningham Children's Home.

The fundraising campaign intended to finance new facilities at the Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana got a big boost this week with the announcement that the Noel Foundation is making a $500,000 donation.

No limit to Blagojevich administration's deception

An Illinois appellate court ruling last week raises significant constitutional questions about the legitimacy of the Blagojevich administration and its operation of a multimillion-dollar health care program.

The conventional wisdom in Springfield has been that once Senate President Emil Jones retires in January, there will be changes in the way the Legislature treats Gov. Rod Blagojevich. With Jones' retirement, Blagojevich will lose his most important ally in the General Assembly, the thinking goes, and lawmakers will be free to treat the governor with well-earned, utter disregard: rewriting his budget, rejecting his appointments and ignoring his initiatives.

1 more week to register to vote

The last day to register to vote before the Nov. 4 general election is fast approaching.

There's barely a week left to register to vote in the upcoming election. Voter registration in Illinois closes with the end of business on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Chynoweth's travels

Danielle Chynoweth, a former alderwoman in Urbana, did taxpayers no favors with about $4,000 worth of travel to conferences that had little if anything to do with making Urbana a better place to live or do business.

A recent News-Gazette story on travel to out-of-town conferences by city council members in Champaign and Urbana makes us happier that Danielle Chynoweth is no longer on the Urbana City Council.

Budget restoration now up to the governor

The Illinois House has acted, the Senate has acted and now it's up to Gov. Rod Blagojevich to restore funding for human services, state parks and historic sites. There's concern, though, that Blagojevich will torpedo the deal.

Just when you think that Illinois state government may be getting back on track comes word that Gov. Rod Blagojevich could veto – or simply sit on – an appropriations bill designed to restore about $231 million for operation of human services programs (including addiction treatment centers, mental health programs and services to those with disabilities) as well as state parks and historical sites.

Taxpayers entitled to details

We'll repeat a point we've made numerous times regarding negotiated teacher contract settlements: why the secrecy? Aren't taxpayers – who pay for the fruits of the contracts – entitled to know the details?

The Champaign Federation of Teachers and the school board last week approved a new three-year contract that will give teachers average ____ percent raises, ____ in health care support and ____ in other benefits. The settlement is expected to cost the school district ____ over the next three years.

UI student's courage should be inspiring to all

We all can learn from Erica Van Zuidam.

Call it a triumph of the human spirit. Call it a profile in courage. Call it strength of character.