2015 won't be pretty

The Land of Lincoln is about to come down with a severe case of the budget blues.

As Illinoisans prepare for a new year, they should bear two dates in mind — Jan. 1 and Jan. 12.

It's a case, not a cause

This country operates under the rule of law, not the rule of mobs.

The chaos and anger on display in Ferguson, Mo., — as well as in other communities across the nation — came as no great surprise after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer in connection with the shooting of a young black man.

Well-deserved recognition

Professor May Berenbaum said it's hard for her to believe she was recognized at a White House ceremony. Given her many accomplishments, it's not hard at all for others to believe it.

It's not every day that a University of Illinois faculty member is honored at the White House for scholarly excellence.

What are you thankful for?

Take a moment to count your blessings on this great day in a wonderful country.

With another year almost over, Thanksgiving Day marks the official beginning of the holiday season.

Way to go

It's heart-warming to see young people achieve great things.

Congratulations are due to University Laboratory High School graduate and current Cornell University senior Rachel Harmon for being one of 32 winners of a nationwide competition to win a Rhodes Scholarship.

Bad situation gets even worse

It ain't over till it's over, but it sure looks over.

A Sangamon County judge last week drove another nail into the coffin of the state's pension reform law — a decision that, if upheld, will have a similarly negative effect on the state's finances.

Manning up

Savvy public union leaders can count on state legislators giving them an advantage at the bargaining table.

Our state legislators have done it again — supported legislation that will drive the cost of government higher while resulting in a potential decline in public services.

The good news for them is that the state won't have to pay the bill. Local taxpayers will.

A hiring freeze?

Illinois' new governor is getting a real education.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner paid a visit to Springfield last week to get the lay of the land, familiarizing himself with both the problems and the people in state government.

He rediscovered what he already knew, that Illinois' fiscal condition is "stunningly bad."

A new president

A scientist from New York will soon lead the University of Illinois.

The recent announcement that Timothy Killeen will become the 20th president of the University of Illinois was a festive affair, filled with the traditional optimism that accompanies high-profile hirings at a great academic institution.

Imperial president

President Obama's quasi-amnesty order may gain him favor with immigrant groups, but his action comes at considerable expense to the rule of law.

The president Thursday announced his decision to grant a form of amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, an action whose legitimacy has been widely challenged.