Medical school on the agenda

There's a lot riding on this week's meeting of university trustees.

Later this week, University of Illinois trustees will cast a vote that either will embrace the future in a way that could affect thousands — maybe even millions — of people or timidly step back from a glittering challenge.

The stench at IDOT

Wrongdoing in the Illinois Department of Transportation deserves attention from law enforcement.

A federal judge last year appointed a special master to examine the corrupt hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation and make some recommendations on how to correct them.

Exoneration, indictment

The U.S. Justice Department contends that shoddy law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., produced a "toxic" environment that contributed to last summer's riots.

After a lengthy study of the events surrounding a fatal police shooting last summer in Ferguson, Mo., federal prosecutors last week produced conflicting findings.

Can't ignore Bibi's warning

The political squabble surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu's address to Congress shouldn't distract from the substance of his policy objections to a pending nuclear agreement with Iran.

Public information

Local government needs to be more open, not less.

The average citizen has his hands full trying to keep up with the activities of the many units of local government in Illinois. Now a state legislator from Rockford wants to make it even harder by allowing local entities to put its public notices on their website rather than in the newspaper.

Grand reopening

Better late than never.

The secretary of state's office has announced that it's found a suitable spot for the relocation of the driver's license facility in Champaign.

Two reactions:

— That's great news.

— It's about time.

Executive proclamation

Dick Durbin must have slept through his high school class on the Civil War.

There's no disputing that U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin is an effective politician. He's spent most of his adult life running for and getting elected to public office.

But when it comes to his analysis of history, Durbin is hardly up to snuff.


It's time to do away with the unaffordable pension sweeteners that provide a financial incentive for public employees to retire.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's Feb. 18 address calling for severe spending reductions to balance his proposed $32 billion budget has attracted considerable public attention and debate.

Obama vs. Bibi

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Diplomacy is in short supply in the relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.

Freedom for me, but not for thee

Complaints about a religious ceremony at Champaign Centennial High School should be reduced to ashes and scattered to the four winds.