Jim Dey

Jim Dey

Jim Dey | Man exonerated in 1993 killing of ISU student must wait some more

Now Alan Beaman waits — once again.

The good news is that it'll just be a few months before the Illinois Supreme Court rules, and he'll pass the time at work and with his family in Rockford.

Jim Dey | Rauner's sorry, so sorry — but do the voters care anymore?

I'm sorry, so sorry
That I was such a fool

I didn't know
Love could be so cruel

Pop singer Brenda Lee made that ode to romantic regret a big hit in 1963. Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released his own version of that musical — and political — standard in an effort to persuade skeptical voters to give him another look.

Jim Dey | Another big day for man cleared in 1993 killing of ISU student

Today is a big day for Alan Beaman, the former Illinois Wesleyan University student who was convicted — and later cleared — of charges that he murdered his Illinois State University girlfriend in 1993.

Jim Dey | Pritzker's vagueness puts Rauner in a vise

When it comes to the law, vagueness is a vice that cannot be tolerated. Many laws have been stricken from the books for including unclear language that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

In politics, it's just the opposite — vague language is prized because it can be interpreted in multiple ways that allow a candidate to represent all things to all people.

Jim Dey | After a grilling, aggrieved litigant gets the brushoff

The most innocuous activities can lead to lawsuits. If readers are skeptical of that claim, they can ask Robert Kiminski of Michigan.

A resident of Dickinson County in the Upper Penninsula, Kiminski likes to barbecue chicken, and it's because he enjoys barbecuing and, of course, eating chicken that Kiminski sued the Libman Company of Arcola.

Jim Dey | Shaky facts, 18 years in prison prompt city to pay up

Early in the morning — about 2:30 a.m. — on Christmas Day in 1997, a local man decided to get a head start on his holiday celebration.

Jim Dey | Years-old election yields big payday for dogged lawyers

History was made Tuesday at the East St. Louis federal court when State Farm Insurance agreed to pay $250 million to avoid going to trial on civil charges it improperly influenced the outcome of a state Supreme Court race.

The lawyers will collect the biggest chunk of the $250 million — the rest will be divided among roughly 4.7 million members of the original class-action lawsuit.

Jim Dey | Emanuel's bow-out boggles the mind

In terms of political surprises, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel authored a shocker Tuesday when he announced that he won't seek a third term in office.

This after his organization collected thousands of petition signatures, raised $10 million in campaign funds and battled in court to keep former Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed referendum limiting Chicago mayors to two terms off the fall ballot.

Jim Dey | Panhandlers broke, but boom time for their lawyers

Panhandlers Don Norton and Karen Otterson had modest expectations when they sought handouts from pedestrians in Springfield's Downtown Historic District — 50 cents, maybe a $1 at a time, sums adding up to $30 — or more — in a day.

Their lawyers had more munificent* rewards in mind, and they were right to dream big.

Jim Dey | Tax cat has caught Pritzker's silver tongue

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, turning traditional political tactics upside down, has been but nothing but forthright about his plans to raise state income taxes.

That's why he has a hard time understanding why reporters keep pestering him on the subject.