Insensitive drunks?

Some faculty members want to put their rambunctious students on double-secret probation — unofficially, of course.

It's just about time for the annual bacchanalia notoriously known as "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day," and a group of faculty members are upset about — the T-shirts celebrating this public display of binge drinking.

Well, why not?

AFSCME's tough choice

To strike or not to strike — that's the question haunting members of the state's largest employee union.

The ballots have been cast, but the results of a strike-authorization vote by thousands of unionized state employees have yet to be released.

Oh, no! Surely, not again

They say it's hard to separate a boy from his dog. It's even harder to separate a politician from his perks.

Is the Illinois General Assembly really a legislative body? Or just a parody of one?

Sometimes it's hard to tell, and HB 279 represents Exhibit A for that proposition.

Here's the backstory.

Budget deadline could be problem

Time isn't on the state of Illinois' side.

The state's budget mess just keeps getting worse and worse.

New boss for schools

The Champaign school district will get new leadership next summer.

Congratulations to longtime Champaign schools principal and administrator Susan Zola, who last week was named the district's next superintendent.

You've got mail

What Kennedy did was not illegal, but he may have led supporters astray.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy didn't do his supporters at the University of Illinois any favor recently when he sent them a combined campaign announcement and solicitation for contributions.

Battling Illinois' budget blues

After an unprecedented 20-month standoff, Gov. Bruce Rauner and state legislators must find common ground on a broad-based budget agreement.

Anyone looking for signs of a budget rapprochement between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic Legislature couldn't have been reassured by the anger on display last week when Rauner presented his budget address.

Another North Korean mystery

Family relationships can be fatal at the highest levels of government in North Korea.

Politics is the family business of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but not all family members are welcome to participate.

The brutally repressive, hugely impoverished country is surviving under the third generation of family leadership, starting with Kim Il Sung after World War II.

Waste of money

Consolidating voting precincts where turnout is low should be just a matter of common sense. It wasn't for the Champaign County Board.

The Champaign County Board cast a disappointing vote this week that reversed an earlier decision it made to consolidate some campus voting precincts and save some hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

Out like Flynn

One of President Trump's closest aides proved to be his own worst enemy.

The historical record will show that National Security Adviser Mike Flynn was the first major personnel casualty of the Trump administration. He lasted 24 days on the job, compared with the average stint of 2.6 years for individuals in that position.