Jim Dey

Jim Dey

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.

Jim Dey | Fresh sets of eyes looking over Schock's corruption case

Federal prosecutors will bring a fresh set of eyes to their re-examination of the corruption indictment against former Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria.

That was the most significant disclosure Friday morning during a roughly 10-minute hearing at the U.S. Courthouse in Urbana.

Jim Dey | First judge, now prosecutors out of Schock case

The increasingly odd corruption case filed against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock took another bizarre turn Thursday when local prosecutors were removed from the case by their superiors in Washington, D.C.

Jim Dey | Suspect in Cassano killing was hiding in plain sight

Facts suggest that Michael F. A. Henslick wanted to avoid the same fate of Michael R. Jones, the Champaign man arrested in 2015 and charged with a 30-year-old DuPage County murder case within days of providing a DNA sample to the probation office.

Jim Dey | Spending watchdog finds fertile ground out West

There he goes again.

Adam Andrzejewski (pronounced Angie-eff-ski) just can't resist playing the role of skunk at the government bureaucrats' garden party.

Jim Dey | 'Expert' witness assistance not all it's cracked up to be

What happens when an expert witness proves not to be an expert at all and opines about key issues in a murder case that are beyond his areas of expertise?

Jim Dey | All's well in Pritzkerland — except that Madigan thing

As he approaches the November general election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker has everything going his way.

The polls show him with a solid lead over Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner. Political analysts, including the high-profile Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, have moved the contest into the "likely Democrat" category.

Jim Dey | 'Parking while black' case awaits Supreme Court's possible review

Now that the briefs requesting review are in, the decision on whether to hear a "parking while black" case belongs to nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Parking while what?

Readers read it right — parking while black.