Illini hoops practice starts in seven months

Monday night was the appropriate end to my Final Four weekend. Florida won the NCAA's national basketball championship, and UCLA lost. I picked UCLA.

Let's get two wins -- and then worry about UConn

Wow, it was a tough week for hoopheads here in Illini-land.

Ryan was never going to testify

The people who've been hyping it for weeks [] mostly gullible reporters looking for an easy lead to their stories [] may be surprised. But no one else should be shocked that Dan Webb, the lawyer representing former Illinois Gov. George Ryan in his fe

I know George Ryan, and he's a saint

A character witness for former Illinois Gov. George Ryan?

Illini make my head hurt

Illinois' 12-point win Sunday over Indiana pretty much summed up the season.

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Vol. XXII. -

Put your dukes up, pseudo-intellectuals, I'm giving two-to-one odds that my latest literary choice will knock you out.

Looking for a good movie at the video store -- try

If I keep writing about movies, people are never going to believe it when I tell them I rarely see a movie. But here I go again

Will Ryan testify? If he does, it will be a great show

After four months of the drip, drip, drip of testimony about the sickening, sleazy and, in my view, criminal dealings of former Gov. George Ryan and friends, prosecutors say they're about ready to rest their case.

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club: Vol. XXI -- Flashman

It's a new year, so why not a new direction - at least just this once-for a book club devoted to non-fiction. But, be forewarned, this latest recommendation is limited only to those readers with a strong streak of the cur in them and a deep affection for

Crooked judge eludes another conviction 12/31/05 column

University of Illinois basketball star Dee Brown might be a one-man fast break at the Assembly Hall, but former Cumberland County Circuit Judge Robert Cochonour showed again this week that when he gets in court he has some pretty slick moves of his own.