That was then, and this is now.

During his long political career — mayor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and then the U.S. Senate — Vermont's Bernie Sanders made much of his open advocacy of "socialist" solutions to the nation's problems.

Select the best

Who favors a racial litmus test for a municipal appointment?

The tricky business of race will be a subtext to Tuesday's Champaign City Council vote to fill a vacancy from the city's black majority District 1.

Former District 1 council member Will Kyles recently was elected to fill an at-large seat on the nine-member council, creating the vacancy.

The benefits of bankruptcy

It's an ill wind that doesn't blow some good.

Chalk up the news reports about the demise of the Illiana Corridor to the state's revolting finances

"In light of the state's current fiscal crisis and a lack of sufficient capital resources, the Illiana Expressway will not move forward at this time," Gov. Bruce Rauner announced this week.

New No. 1

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It's a whole new world in terms of energy production.

Though it has appeared to slow in recent months as oil prices have dropped, the energy boom in this country just keeps going.

A pointless post

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The election of a new recorder — a horse race for also-rans — shows the county board is more interested in politics than public good.

School officers doing their job

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Criticism of Champaign's school resource officers isn't borne out by the facts.

The rap on Facebook

Free speech cases continue to take new and novel forms with the advent of the Internet.

"There's one way to love you, but 1,000 ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaking in blood and dying from all the little cuts."

Does tenure have tenure?

The state of Wisconsin continues its attack on business-as-usual.

Is that all there is?

The Salaita controversy continues — in and out of court.

It's becoming more and more apparent that University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise and the brain-trust at the American Association of University Professors are just going to have to agree to disagree about Steven Salaita.

Good ideas, bad consequences

Effective leaders know how and when to say no.

Thirteen years ago, when Attorney General Jim Ryan was waging his doomed gubernatorial campaign against Democrat Rod Blagojevich, the GOP candidate paid a visit to The News-Gazette to discuss his campaign.