New policy on interest rates

The U.S. economy is stronger. But how strong is it?

After embracing a nine-year policy of effectively zero interest rates, the Federal Reserve Board made big news last week by approving a slight increase in the interest rate it charges banks and depository institutions for overnight loans.

Social media ban senseless

What are they thinking?

One of the striking aspects of the social media phenomenon is the extent to which so many people voluntarily give up their privacy to make their lives and thoughts public on outlets like Facebook.

They're putting themselves out there for all to see.

All options on the tables

Borrowing money to keep the county nursing home operating is anything but routine. So, too, is the state's financial situation.

Last week's attempt to authorize overseers of the Champaign County Nursing Home to take special steps to keep the home operating reflects a prudent approach dictated by special circumstances.

Easy to charge, hard to convict

The jury's inability to reach a verdict in the first of six planned trials in the Freddie Gray case considerably complicates matters.

What mobs demand and juries provide are two separate things, as demonstrated this week by a Baltimore jury's inability to reach a verdict in the case of a police officer charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Bo knows

One of the Big Ten's best basketball coaches has called it quits.

Bo Ryan, the inscrutable University of Wisconsin basketball coach, first announced his plans to retire during the summer. He later announced that he might not retire at all.

This week, Ryan took almost everyone by surprise when he announced he's leaving, effective immediately.

A helping hand

It has been a long time coming.

The need for temporary shelter for homeless families has been discussed for years. It will soon be a reality, thanks to a group effort by local agencies.

Rose, baseball still on the outs

It has been a long time since Pete Rose was banned from baseball, but apparently not long enough.

Former baseball star Pete Rose keeps asking for reinstatement to Major League Baseball, and baseball commissioners keep saying no.

Big job to fill

No one is irreplaceable, but some are harder to replace than others.

With the news that longtime President Alice Jacobs plans to step down within a year, Danville Area Community College is getting ready to lay the groundwork to find a suitable replacement.

A bizarre case

The soldier traded for Guanatamo Bay terrorists is in serious legal jeopardy.

Six years ago, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho walked away from his post in Afghanistan and into a nightmare — five years as a Taliban prisoner.

Pension penury

The state's public pension debt just keeps getting bigger.

Illinois' public pension problems haven't been in the news much since the state Supreme Court last May struck down a pension reform bill as unconstitutional.