The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking the big picture into consideration when it comes to the state's finances.
Years ago, when Republican Gov. Jim Edgar held office, he earned the enmity of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative Democrats, who tried to make political hay of Edgar's vetoes.
They called him "Gov. No."
Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker isn't calling Gov. Rauner "Gov. No." Instead, he's chosen "Gov. Veto."
There's no disgrace in being "Gov. Veto," just as there was no disgrace in being "Gov. No."
Rauner is showing he has the courage to take the big picture into consideration — what can the state do with the resources it has? Judging from his rhetoric, Pritzker is indicating he'll sign whatever the Democratic-controlled Legislature sends him, which is what helped put Illinois into its current state of effective bankruptcy.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan
From the armchair quarterback's perspective, the solution seems obvious: Maintain the integrity of the Southern Illinois University system by providing equitable funding to both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.
As currently configured, the Southern Illinois University system is the second largest educational institution in the state. The combination of the undergraduate schools, the SIU School of Medicine, the SIU School of Law, the SIUE School of Pharmacy and the SIU School of Dental Medicine gives the system financial and political clout.
Only the University of Illinois system is larger.
Separating the campuses erodes that clout for both Carbondale and Edwardsville.
The existing tension between the two campuses is like a family spat. There is a solution that is best for everyone, although no one is going to be totally satisfied.
Family differences? Yup, and some of them appear to be serious. Yet, in the final analysis, there are significant areas of agreement. It is vital the committee, and both campuses, focus on shared growth and commitment to success.
The Quincy Herald-Whig
In the years immediately after World War II, millions of military veterans came home and accessed the GI Bill to get postsecondary schooling. For most, college led to better jobs with better salaries.
In each decade since then, growth of the middle class has swelled the ranks of people seeking degrees or career training. For-profit schools sprung up to offer training, often in specialized professions.
Americans still see education as a good thing. They also want value for the time and money they invest in college.
Prospective students who do their homework before signing up for classes will greatly improve their chances of success.