Democrats have their own plan

Everything old becomes new again.

Franklin D. Roosevelt offered voters what he touted as "the New Deal," a plan devoted to lifting the country out of the Depression and rebuilding a strong middle class.

President Harry Truman tweaked it a bit to accommodate changing times, campaigning for re-election on political platform dubbed "the Fair Deal."

Sen. Brady wins promotion

An area legislator has moved into a top leadership position in the Illinois Senate.

There's been so much excitement lately in Springfield that many area residents may have missed a major development in state politics.

State Sen. Bill Brady, the Bloomington Republican, was elected to lead his party in the Illinois Senate.

Another O.J. rerun

This country's sick fascination with sports and celebrity is about to get another shot in the arm.

The O.J. Simpson murder case that transfixed the nation happened so long ago — 1994 — that millions of Americans have no memory of it.

State still in critical condition

Disaster averted — for now.

The decision by Illinois legislators to raise personal and corporate taxes averted a downgrading of the state's bonds to "junk" status but fell far short of addressing the state's fiscal problems in any meaningful way.

Rock kidding about Congress?

The democratic process has room for all kinds of people, however unconventional they may appear.

Kid Rock's slogan — "I'll rock the party" — doesn't specify what kind of party he's planning to rock.

Downtown plan is a head-turner

A proposed public/private development partnership would be a boon for downtown Champaign.

Plans announced earlier this week for a $95 million public-private commercial development are nothing less than breathtaking, not only in terms of ambition but in remaking a section of the city that needs it.

GOP fails big on health bill

They came. They saw. They were conquered from within.

After years of complaints about Obamacare and promises to repeal and replace it, Republicans in the U.S. Senate have, collectively, opted to do nothing because they couldn't agree to do something.

Send S.B. 1 to governor

Scorched-earth political games continue in Springfield.

It's a ruthless brand of politics that puts K-12 public school kids in the middle of a fight among powerful elected officials.

Are cameras too candid?

Is there any better evidence than video of a crime as it is taking place?

Some people may be uncomfortable with the concept of security cameras that record what happens in public places.

Smart borrowing?

Hey buddy, can you spare $6 billion?

How smart is it to borrow from Peter to pay Paul?

Not smart at all, although those with vivid imaginations can conjure up a scenario where it might make sense.