In one day, out the next

Competition in its rawest form is brutal.

The world of professional sports can be cruel and arbitrary, with incumbent players and coaches being told to hit the road when management can find someone who's better or cheaper.

'Shadow' classes for the Tar Heels

It's hard to imagine a more institutionalized program of cheating in college sports than what occurred at the University of North Carolina.

Our endorsements

Tuesday is Election Day, and the following is a compilation of our endorsements in contested local, state and federal races.

Governor: Republican Bruce Rauner

U.S. Senate: Republican Jim Oberweis

Attorney General: Democrat Lisa Madigan

Secretary of State: Democrat Jesse White

Comptroller: Republican Judy Baar Topinka

Treasurer: Democrat Mike Frerichs

Tuscola's big win

Landing the Cronus Chemicals plant is a big step forward.

Cronus Chemicals' decision to build its new $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Tuscola is great news for that community as well as the entirety of East Central Illinois.

Unit 4 schools can do better

Champaign voters face the most difficult and important decision in decades on the future of their schools.

There is no issue on the Nov. 4 ballot of more lasting local consequence than the proposal for Champaign's two high schools.

Shimkus earns another term

Republicans dominate the 15th Congressional District because it was conceded to them by Democratic map-drawers.

When it comes to U.S. House races in Illinois, all eyes in central Illinois are focused on the competitive 13th District race featuring Democrat Ann Callis and Republican Rodney Davis.

Davis for U.S. House

The 13th District race for the U.S. House of Representatives has drawn national interest.

The 2012 battle for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 13th District was a nail-biter that resulted in a narrow win (roughly 1,000) votes for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a Taylorville Republican.

Two of a kind in the 102nd

The Illinois House seats Democrats couldn't gerrymander for themselves they reluctantly left to Republicans.

No choice in the 103rd

Her would-be successors are doing their best to make it look like retiring Democratic state Rep. Naomi Jakobbson is irreplaceable.

Endorsements for statewide candidates

Here are The News-Gazette's endorsements in four statewide offices up for election Nov. 4.

Attorney General

Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democratic incumbent, was once in the shoes of her Republican challenger, political newcomer Paul Schimpf.