Jim Dey

Jim Dey

Jim Dey | Lifting a finger about officer's actions

Here's a word of advice to all cops tempted to use their vast authority to get even with citizens who anger them: Don't do it.

Those who may be tempted — for purely understandable reasons — to ignore that good advice should learn from police Officer Matthew Minard of Taylor, Mich.

Because he got mad, he got even, at least Minard thought he did. But who's crying now?

Jim Dey | Search warrant's silence not legally golden

Readers of the Sherlock Holmes mystery "Silver Blaze" may recall that the solution to the crime — the apparent theft of a race horse and suspected murder of the horse's trainer — turned on the question of the guard dog's failure to bark in the night.

Jim Dey | Will case of 'Jones burglary' settle old dispute?

A legal dispute that was often the subject of vehement disagreement at the weekly lawyers' lunch in Urbana is expected to be resolved soon by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Jim Dey | Is Schock still guilty in court of public opinion?

Former U.S. Rep Aaron Schock has been getting a lot of bad press lately. Some suggest he got an undeserved pass for committing a series of financial crimes while others speculate that the reason is because he's white.

Jim Dey | Details aside, Pritzker's tax plan will appeal to many

Good salesmen recognize an effective pitch when they see one. That's why Illinois voters should be prepared to hear the following statement repeated ad nauseam between today and November 2020.

"Under my fair tax plan, 97 percent of taxpayers get tax relief, and the wealthy will pay their fair share."

Jim Dey | In Schock case, feds' legal sound and fury signified nothing

After four years of headlines and legal battles, the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, came to a sudden and surprising end Wednesday.

What happened?

UPDATE: Case against former Rep. Schock dropped

UPDATED AT 12:30 P.M.

The scheduled June corruption trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock went up in smoke Wednesday morning when federal prosecutors essentially dropped the criminal case against him.

Jim Dey | State report: Illinois' economy is strong, rife with problems

If circumstances turn sour in 2020 — as some economists predict — state government could be in deep financial trouble.

Those are among the conclusions contained in a February report by the state's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

Jim Dey | Is injury caused by prison baking machine 'cruel and unusual punishment'?

Under the category of "Marks, Scars and Tattoos," the state prison inmates' website description of Joel Jackson states, "None recorded."

If Illinois corrections department officials would take a second look, they'd notice Jackson has four fingers missing from his right hand.

Jim Dey | With election recently over, tax campaign in its infancy

Gov. J.B. Pritzker had two calendar dates in mind when he presented his recent budget address to Illinois legislators.

The first — July 1 — is just around the corner. It's the date when what Pritzker calls his$39 billion "bridge" budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year takes effect.

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