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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.