Jim Dey

Jim Dey

Jim Dey | Not every dog has its day in court — but Moxie did

Moxie wasn't even asking for a belly rub.

All the friendly Johnson County pooch was soliciting was a scratch on the back or behind the ear, preferably both ears at the same time.

Instead, Moxie's sensual preferences became the subject of scurrilous allegations in a lawsuit filed against her owners, Bob and Pam Ruzich.

Jim Dey | Poverty's pain being felt all across Illinois

Fifty-two of Illinois' 102 counties face severe poverty issues, according to a study by a Chicago-based research group.

New data from the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance shows that poverty has increased from last year "when 30 ... counties were on the Poverty Watch or Poverty Warning lists."

Jim Dey | Democrats are hoping 2 endorsements are better than 1

This year's race for governor of Illinois — a contest that so far is about nothing — is getting more and more craven and conspiratorial.

The campaign of Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, the decided underdog, keeps running out pictures of toilets and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Jim Dey | Ignoring cellphone safety can take tragic toll

Friday's News-Gazette contained a horrifying story that not enough people read.

If they had read this irredeemably sad tale of lives shattered, they should have reached two obvious conclusions:

— There, but for the grace of God, go I.

— Cellphones and driving do not mix.

Jim Dey | State, local pension news getting worse

When the public pension contagion finally has consumed all 102 counties in Illinois, few public officials will be able to credibly ask the following questions: How and why?

That's because they will have been warned well in advance and chose to do nothing in the hope the problem would disappear.

Jim Dey | Couple's conflagration separated judge from his judgment

Dating relationships between men and women often go wrong, but they rarely go to court.

That was not the case with the incendiary relationship between college Professor Curtis Smith, who taught at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and Deborah Pontious, a former math teacher.

Jim Dey | Study: Pension problem is one of overpromising, not underfunding

Public-pension funds in most of the 50 states face serious financial problems, but not for the reason many people assert.

Jim Dey | From toilet tales to TV tactics, governor's race is flush with insults

The closer it gets to Election Day, the nastier high-profile campaigns usually get.

That political reality, of course, raises the question: How low will the back-and-forth exchanges go between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker?

Jim Dey | Is sex-orientation discrimination the next hot-button discussion?

Gerald L. Bostock was a child services worker in Clayton County, Ga. Karen Hively taught at Indiana's Ivy Tech.

Donald Zarda, now deceased, was a parachuting instructor at Altitude Express in New York. Jameka Evans worked as a security guard at a Sanvannah, Ga., hospital.

All four alleged that they were fired from their jobs because of their homosexuality, and all four sued.

Jim Dey | Legal fight over Janus decision drenched in ruthless politics

As the U.S. Supreme Court approached adjournment of its 2016-17 session in late June, it released a landmark decision in an Illinois case involving workers rights — Janus v. AFSCME.