| Apr 2, 2011
As a student reporter at the Daily Illini newspaper, Jennifer Wheeler tried to use the state's open records law last May to get the results of class evaluations filled out by students.
In six weeks, she will graduate from the Urbana-Champaign campus...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 11:57 AM
FX's "Justified" seems to be on a roll in its second season. The storytelling has gotten even richer than in its freshman season. The acting, from stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins and the season-long guest star Margo Martindale (OK, and the...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 11:18 AM
I love books, and one of my all-time favorites is "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
I first read the classic Mark Twain novel when I was about 12 years old, and revisited it with my two sons, taking full advantage of the chance to ham it up while...
| Apr 5, 2011
| 6:41 PM
The bold headline from the April 1 Mailbag was as startling as it was disturbing ("Area Clergy Back Planned Parenthood"). I have read with interest the occasional views expressed by some of these clergy in the Daily Pilot's faith columns, but this jointly...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 1:12 PM
Despite the new laws that are supposed to make it easier, obtaining a public record in Illinois can be a time consuming, frustrating, and ultimately disappointing experience. Here are some tips that could help.
KNOW YOUR STUFF
Writing a records...
| Apr 3, 2011
| 3:27 PM
A little more than a year after Illinois lawmakers rewrote open records laws promising a new era of transparency and accountability, frustrated mayors, school superintendents and police chiefs are back in Springfield, looking to undo many of the...
| May 6, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Surely Kim Barker is the only foreign correspondent to sum up Afghan President Hamid Karzai as "whiny and conflicted, a combination of Woody Allen, Chicken Little and Jimmy Carter," with a national government that "seemed about as effective as a student...
| Apr 10, 2011
Nearly three miles above the rugged hills of central Afghanistan, American eyes silently tracked two SUVs and a pickup truck as they snaked down a dirt road in the pre-dawn darkness.
The vehicles, packed with people, were 3 1/2 miles from a dozen U.S....
| Apr 6, 2011
| 4:59 PM
An animal-rights group contends that an elephant performing in Baltimore with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus poses a health risk to the public because she has tested positive for tuberculosis, but circus and government health officials...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 7:14 PM
Is it catchy marketing or just plain offensive?
There's always controversy over gas drilling in north Texas, but this time there's a controversy over the signs. The city of Southlake says there's nothing it can do about it.
It's a clear message to...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 6:32 AM
Three ACC schools have searched for men’s basketball head coaches this offseason and all three retained a headhunter.
No offense to Dan Parker, Eddie Fogler and others in that biz, but hiring a search firm to find a coach, especially for cash...