Jim Dey

Jim Dey

Jim Dey | Status quo of 'double jeopardy' in some serious jeopardy

When former University of Illinois graduate student Brendt Christensen was arrested in June 2017 in connection with the disappearance and suspected death of a visiting Chinese scholar, both state and federal prosecutors could have pursued the case.

Ultimately, federal prosecutors charged Christensen with kidnapping and killing Yingying Zhang. They are seeking the death penalty.

Jim Dey | Video gambling paying off in a big way for state

People love convenience — even if it makes it easier for them to lose their money.

That's one conclusion to draw from a recent report by a state legislative commission on gambling in Illinois.

Jim Dey | Copping crook's car captures high court's eye

Tyson Timbs just wants his sport utility vehicle back.

He may get it, but in a way he probably never contemplated — through a precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court decision that protects those who get crosswise with the law and suffer unreasonable seizures of their personal property.

Jim Dey | McCann loses bid for more time in limelight

State Sen. Sam McCann's 15 minutes of fame are just about up.

In fact, the clock may already have expired on the fringe candidate for governor who ran under the banner of the Conservative Party.

Jim Dey | Whitman's betting big on Smith but hasn't yet shown his cards

University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman wants Illini football fans to think he has just shoved all of his chips into the middle of the poker table.

Well, maybe he did, and maybe he didn't.

In announcing that he's extending football coach Lovie Smith's contract by two years — through the 2023 season — Whitman certainly gave that impression.

Jim Dey | What's the time limit on evading financial disaster?

When fiscal Armageddon arrives — as it inevitably will — what form will it take?

Will our bankrupt state and its equally bankrupt municipalities suddenly explode into a huge ball of fire, blasting unaffordable financial obligations up into the atmosphere?

Jim Dey | Southern Illinois murder mystery all in the phraseology

There's a murder mystery in deep Southern Illinois, but not the usual kind.

It's not a question of what happened, who died or who was accused.

Jim Dey | Is getting a late-night bite to eat litigable?

When it comes to the all-important judicial system, few phrases are thrown around more frequently than "frivolous litigation."

Of course, what's actually "frivolous" depends on one's perspective.

But consider this:

A federal judge in Chicago recently dismissed a lawsuit filed against McDonald's Corp. by a visually impaired man.

Jim Dey | Government consolidation back on table in Springfield

Just as politics never seems to stop for long, neither does the battle over public policy.

With the Nov. 6 election in the rearview mirror, those closest to the game are already preparing for the spring 2019 municipal elections, which will be shortly followed by the 2020 contests.

Jim Dey | 'I was comforted by the fact that Bob was so involved in the church'

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." — Matthew 25:40