A new contract

The county nursing home, still a source of angst, is headed in the right direction.

Time was when Champaign County Nursing Home was a major source of controversy and financial trouble.

Horrible defeat

This state's ugly version of business-as-usual has a new lease on life.

Owing to its once-proud tradition, Illinois license plates carry the slogan "Land of Lincoln."

In light of a Chicago judge's decision to strike down two citizen-proposed constitutional amendments, it needs revision, perhaps something more like: "Abandon hope all ye who enter here."

Open for business

It's been a long haul, but a hole in downtown Champaign has been filled.

A 2008 fire at the Metropolitan Building in downtown Champaign was a tragedy not just for the residents and owners of the property that was destroyed, but the entire downtown community.

Get a warrant

A person's cellphone is entitled to as much privacy protection as his house.

The U.S. Supreme Court doesn't deserve thundering applause when it makes an obviously correct decision. Still, this week's unanimous 9-0 decision that police must get a warrant before searching a suspect's cellphone is a welcome victory against an increasingly intrusive state.

Ferreting out the truth?

Bad governance won't win politicians many votes. But who says the public has to know?

The late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley was indisputably correct when he observed that good government is good politics. In other words, public officials who serve the public well will be rewarded on Election Day.

FOIA bill more flim-flam

Freedom-of-information legislation ought to promote openness in government, not more secrecy.

Our legislators once again are playing games with the state's Freedom of Information Act, and a vigilant Gov. Pat Quinn is well advised to veto this latest example of political chicanery.

Disaster in Iraq

Once-stable Iraq appears to be disintegrating before our eyes.

All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has as difficult a job trying to address the ongoing disintegration of Iraq.

Bonus blunderers

Rewarding incompetence has become institutionalized in the federal bureaucracy.

American taxpayers will be chagrined to learn that, while many of this country's military veterans were receiving shoddy treatment at government-run medical facilities, a substantial majority of the bureaucrats in charge of the system did much better.

Extinguishing a problem

A devastating fire in Hoopeston gave rise to legislation aimed at preventing a similar problem elsewhere.

It often takes a disaster to focus public attention on a problem that needs to be addressed. The June 19, 2013, fire at a 400,000-square-foot Hoopeston tire-recycling facility is one recent example.

The missing email

When crucial evidence disappears or is destroyed, investigators must double their efforts to find out why.