By Brian J. Gaines
By Dannel McCollum
The Champaign Unit 4 school administration and board are relentless in their determination to create a new high school campus somewhere in north nowhere. This would entail land acquisition for which the district apparently has cash on hand.
By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
Those who question the fundamental value of a college degree need to stand back and accept undisputed facts.
By Mike Pemberton
A blessing and burden of small-town life is the need for people to participate in a variety of activities. Some are predictable — school fundraising, church socials — others come out of nowhere.
By Chad Hays
Welcome to the land of make believe — Springfield. A place where spending more money than in any year in history is presented by the governor as a spending cut.
By Jack Darin
By Carol Mizrahi
Some scams have been around for years, like paying upfront for a job that doesn't exist or for training sessions and work materials that never arrive. There are phony lottery and sweepstake scams, fake retail stores on the Internet — which look just like the real thing — and the ubiquitous "I'm stranded in Timbuktu. My purse was stolen. Please wire money!"
By Andrew Wilk
By David Green
State-level "business climate" generally refers to regulations imposed by states beyond what is required by the federal government. (This definition generously excludes consideration of the willingness of state governments to bribe corporations not to relocate to other states).
By Jeffrey M. McCall
Public school administrators must have their heads spinning as they try to sort out recent court decisions regarding free-expression rights of students. Principals have the almost impossible task of balancing constitutionally protected student expression with keeping order in schools where education is the primary objective.