Jim Dey

Jim Dey

Jim Dey | Mentally ill inmates pose huge challenges

Illinois prison officials face intractable problems dealing with inmates suffering from serious mental-health woes, a problem that so far has required more resources to address than what the state can acquire.

The problem — mental illness behind bars — was recently highlighted in separate decisions by federal judges, one presiding in Peoria and the other in East St. Louis.

Jim Dey | Former state legislators have got a lot of what it takes to get along

In the aftermath of last week's elections, voters will be thrilled to know that 58 former state lawmakers are receiving annual pensions of over $100,000.

Of those 58 former lawmakers, 44 "have accumulated over $1 million in total pension benefits," according to the Illinois Policy Institute.

Jim Dey | Pritzker must share his election victory with McCann

There were two winners in last week's gubernatorial election in Illinois, both of whom remain in full victory mode.

One, Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, won big. He'll be sworn in to office in January and take control of the executive branch of government. He has promised to oversee a resurrection of the state of Illinois.

Jim Dey | Madigan: I love me, and so do the people of Illinois

Illinois' Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn't sweat — he perspires.

And he doesn't perspire, at least not where people can see this unusually cool cat do so.

But — this is a revelation — Madigan privately stews in his own juice, nursing his grudges and planning his revenge.

Says who? Well, says Madigan himself, not directly but clearly.

Jim Dey | Death-penalty case in Missouri offers unique legal wrinkle

The state of Missouri is barred from executing convicted murderer Russell Bucklew because it would be too painful for him.

That's what lawyers representing the 50-year-old Bucklew said during oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jim Dey | Voters to rule on judge accused of lying to police

Witnesses who appear in court to testify must swear to tell the truth and the whole truth, often directly to the judge presiding over the case.

Judges take it very seriously when witnesses lie. But what happens when judges lie?

For starters, it's bad public relations. How bad?

Voters in DuPage County will find out soon enough.

Jim Dey | Madigan doesn't get mad — he gets even

Politics is, as much as anything else, about messaging.

Sometimes the message is subtle. Other times it's as subtle as a sledgehammer to the head.

Only rarely is it counterintuitive — too much thinking is required.

That's why campaign signs posted in Naperville Township in the Chicago suburbs speak volumes about this election year in Illinois.

Jim Dey | Lawyer takes case against class-action settlements to Supreme Court

What does a foot-long Subway sandwich have to do with the Google search engine?

Readers might be surprised.

The not-so-obvious link is Competitive Enterprise Institute lawyer Ted Frank.

Jim Dey | Study concludes Pritzker's promises are illusory

If the public opinion polls are correct, more than a million Illinoisans will go the election polls Tuesday to vote — happily and enthusiastically — for higher state income taxes.

That's what Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker — the expected winner — is promising, and that's what he'll get.

Jim Dey | Businessman's long walk just start for 'uprising'

Jim Coxworth's feet are on the mend, but his efforts to bring positive political change to Illinois are still in the gestational stage.

The 64-year-old last week wrapped up a 187-mile walk from his home in the west Chicago suburb of St. Charles to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. He said it was painful but worth it, because so many people noticed — and supported — him.