If you want to understand why, unfortunately, there is such a grave distrust in certain communities for police officers, two recent incidents in northern Illinois are eye-openers. At issue is the politically charged response of police unions to two controversial shootings.

One of the provisions in Illinois’ new law that legalizes recreational marijuana use also permits cities, villages and counties to “opt out” of allowing retail stores within their jurisdiction. It’s not unlike laws and ordinances, once prevalent in Illinois, that prohibited the sale of alcohol.

Those who may question the jury’s decision not to impose the death penalty should still show appreciation for those who gave up more than a month to listen to every grisly detail of what was inarguably a nightmarish case.

Saturday is the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest scientific achievements ever — the first time that a human being stepped on the surface of another heavenly body. And today support for the space program is greater than ever. But is the cost of more space exploration too great?

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If you want to understand why, unfortunately, there is such a grave distrust in certain communities for police officers, two recent incidents in northern Illinois are eye-openers. At issue is the politically charged response of police unions to two controversial shootings.

One of the provisions in Illinois’ new law that legalizes recreational marijuana use also permits cities, villages and counties to “opt out” of allowing retail stores within their jurisdiction. It’s not unlike laws and ordinances, once prevalent in Illinois, that prohibited the sale of alcohol.

Those who may question the jury’s decision not to impose the death penalty should still show appreciation for those who gave up more than a month to listen to every grisly detail of what was inarguably a nightmarish case.

Saturday is the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest scientific achievements ever — the first time that a human being stepped on the surface of another heavenly body. And today support for the space program is greater than ever. But is the cost of more space exploration too great?

John Paul Stevens, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 99, not only was one of the three longest-serving justices in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, but also one of only three justices to hail from the great state of Illinois.

The adoption of an updated six-year strategic plan for county government is on the Champaign County Board’s agenda for Thursday night. Among its 21 specified goals: addressing the long-deferred facility needs of the county sheriff’s office.

Springfield-based Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries Inc. finds itself in a pile of bad publicity after the agency’s $165,000-a-year CEO told disabled workers that they no longer would have a job because of a state minimum wage increase. The wage hike hasn’t gone into effect, however, and the Department of Labor permits Goodwill to pay the disabled workers below the minimum wage. The board of directors of the agency, which has local retail stores, has a lot of work to do quickly.

Congressional representatives are fond of talking about the need for more bipartisanship in resolving issues. There’s a test of that resolve coming up over the next 10 days.

It was a summer Sunday morning, a time when many Americans were enjoying peace and quiet and family and church, perhaps even away on a vacation from work and home. But what was the president of the United States doing? Donald Trump was sending out what clearly was a message of racism and division, suggesting that unnamed Democratic congresswomen “go back” to where they came from.

A newly elected member of the Champaign County Board has accepted a job in Ohio but apparently intends to try to keep her county board seat.

Alexander Acosta’s decision to step down as secretary of labor means there’s another vacancy in the president’s administration.

After first offering a contract to the country band Confederate Railroad to play at the DuQuoin State Fair on Aug. 27, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has withdrawn the offer — not because of its name but because its logo features a small reproduction of the Confederate flag.

Three projects approved this week by the Champaign City Council will replace antiquated structures built over interstates decades ago when the city was smaller and there was little development north of I-74 or west of I-57.