Going home

Horrible stories sometimes do have happy endings.

Bear has gone home, not to his old home, but to a new one where he'll be safe and happy.

Found hanging April 20 from a bridge post in Ford County, the chocolate Labrador has recovered sufficiently from his injuries to be released from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital and been placed in a new home.

05-11-16 Judge McCuskey calls UI officials 'gutless'

On Wednesday's Penny for Your Thoughts (5-11-16) with Jim Turpin, Illinois state circuit court Judge Michael McCuskey said the University of Illinois administration, President Tim Killeen and Chancellor Barb Wilson, were "gutless" in how they handled the protest by students at a recent appearance by Govenor Rauner on campus.

It's not just about the budget

Illinois' biggest problem is not the lack of a state budget; it's the lack of long-term serious leadership that would make any budget it passes meaningful.

It's impossible to deny that these are dark times for the state of Illinois, maybe the worst ever.

How about some answers?

The state's financial watchdog remains under a dark cloud of suspicion.

Media outlets and Republican legislators are stepping up their efforts to force Auditor General Frank Mautino to answer questions about his suspicious handling of campaign funds.

Who is allowed to speak?

University of Illinois officials aren't taking the assault on campus free speech as seriously as their duties require.

It's been nearly two weeks since the "free speech for me, but not for thee" crowd disrupted a campus appearance by Gov. Bruce Rauner and forced him to cut his visit short.

Change of course

There's nothing so exhilarating as creating hoops for others to jump through.

The University of Illinois is broke and in dire need of support, as demonstrated by trips university officials make to Springfield in search of increased financial support.

But that rule doesn't always apply — the reality is that the UI is broke except when it's not broke.

Progressive tax plan falls flat

Illinois will continue to maintain a flat state income tax — now 3.75 percent — for the foreseeable future.

The so-called "fair tax" went down to defeat this week in Springfield, a result its supporters consider most unfair.

Two peas in pod

If misery loves company, Illinois residents have many reasons to say, "I love New York."

The Land of Lincoln remains No. 1 in official wrongdoing. Corruption-busting former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's reference to "corruption on steroids" still burns in the ears of those sickened by business-as-usual in Illinois.

Hail to Not-the-Chief

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Some people are expecting a lot from the university's first-ever mascot.

Clock runs out on grid scandal

Famed NFL quarterback Tom Brady apparently won't escape responsibility for his role in the gaming of the big game.

Now that a federal appeals courts has affirmed the authority of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discipline misbehaving players, the air is about to run completely out of the great "Deflategate" case.