Blago shows he's got what it takes

Say what you will about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but he's a terrific political talent.

Mysterious Matombo nails me

I got nailed good in a response from a mysterious writer named Matombo(Who could he be?). He points out that former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan carried Champaign County by 4,000 votes in his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign against Gov. Rod Blag

Booing Blago

I'm for giving maximum grief to the lord and rulers who masquerade as elected servants of the people when they're really servants for themselves.

I love this game!

I'm thrilled the Illini still are in the hunt for a national championship. I just couldn't be more pleased.

Big Chief story really isn't

Pity the poor members of the news media, particularly those in St. Louis, who are scrambling to come up with some new, interesting angle on the University of Illinois basketball team making the Final Four.

Why not truth in labeling?

The City of Urbana was closed for business Friday, not to mention numerous other governmental entities. The stated reason for taking the day off was that the city had declared its spring holiday.

I read the book. The movie's better.

In mid-February, I stumbled across an article about the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dashiell Hammett's book, "The Maltese Falcon." Having seen the movie many times, I announced that I intended to read the book.

Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club Vo. XVI

Most people have heard the phrase "the horrors of war." But they really have no idea how horrid.

Top cops uninterested in 'person of interest'

Because of inquiries from readers and the response of other news organizations (most notably The Chicago Tribune March 7 front-page followup), I am posting my March 5 column about the Rhoads-Steidl case.