George Will: U.S. consensus shaping 'repeal, replace'

WASHINGTON — "Mend it, don't end it" was Bill Clinton's rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like "mend it, don't end it."

Scott Reeder: Time for Rauner to stand for something

SPRINGFIELD — There is an old Marine saying that goes something like this: Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

Gov. Bruce Rauner would do well to remember that adage.

Because this past month he has failed at all three.

His first two years in office have been marked not so much by accomplishment but by clarity of vision.

Jim Dey: Hotel plan raises many concerns

Whoa — not so fast.

That's what at least two members of the Urbana City Council are saying about a proposal calling for taxpayers to subsidize a $19 million project to renovate and reopen the Landmark Hotel at Lincoln Square.

"The deal that's being proposed to us is a terrible use of taxpayer money and should not be approved," said Alderman Eric Jakobsson.

George Will: Relevant questions for Judge Neil Gorsuch

WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary's role. Herewith some pertinent questions:

Sundiata Cha-Jua: The misuse of required courses

After decades of student and faculty struggles to democratize the University of Illinois' curriculum, proponents of a required course on U.S. domestic racialized minorities finally succeeded. However, a year later, some troubling signs suggest this historic accomplishment may turnout to be a pyrrhic victory.

One step forward and two steps back.

Austin Berg: High price for perverse priorities


Joni Sorce feels conned.

Her daughter graduated from Illinois State University in 2014. They now share more than $60,000 in debt. Sorce's youngest daughter will graduate high school this spring, but her family can't afford another degree from the Land of Lincoln. She's looking for opportunity elsewhere.

George Will: New ASU school an encouraging sign

TEMPE, Ariz. — Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less intellectually monochrome.

John Foreman: The irresistible Willie T. Summerville

One of these days, I'll meet the man who didn't like Willie Summerville. I'm pretty sure I haven't met him yet — and I can tell you I don't look forward to the day.

Willie T. Summerville — musician, educator, force of nature — died last week at the age of 72. I have a hard time believing that anyone ever exposed to him doesn't feel some sense of loss.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench: Jury doesn't always see all evidence

Trial by jury is an extremely important aspect of the judicial system in our country. I have written about it before and will likely do so again. A reader from Danville wrote me recently. While I cannot address personal legal matters or offer advice, the individual did raise a subject that I think impacts many.

Jim Dey: Unofficial: Business as usual in Carle's ER

By the time Unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebrants show up in the Carle Foundation Hospital's emergency room, their party is over.

The only question is, "What's next?"