Jim Dey: Barickman joins effort at 'very technical' school funding formula

It's not easy to pass legislation addressing an issue so complicated that hardly anybody understands it.

Reversing course in Illinois

CHICAGO — The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century's most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections.

Jim Dey: 1988 murder remains a mystery

Hear more from Dey Wednesday at 10 on WDWS.

It's one of the great whodunits in Champaign County history, a murder mystery that's nearly 27 years old and has all the ingredients to fire the imagination.

Taking the gee whiz out of the digital age

CHICAGO — Andrew Keen's "The Internet Is Not the Answer" is the most devastating book I've read in a long while. Keen describes an Internet that's not as virtuous, open and egalitarian as was promised by those who developed it.

Jim Dey: Prussing's sales tax on services proposal resurrected

Hear more from Dey Wednesday at 10 on WDWS.

Twenty years ago, when then-Democratic state Rep. Laurel Prussing was running for re-election to the Illinois House, she was pilloried for a proposal she made to impose sales taxes on a variety of tax-exempt services, including hair cuts and car repairs.

Migrants paid heavy toll for move north

CHICAGO — Like all migrants, the estimated 5 million blacks from the Deep South who moved north during the Great Migration were seeking a better life. Many of them found it — but got fewer years of it in the process.

Tweeting against terrorism

"We're here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force." — Vice President Joe Biden at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit, Feb. 17

Dan Corkery: Taking on a new name, with honor

A new name has taken up residence along Gregory Drive on the University of Illinois campus. It's a name that is as important to microbiology as Einstein's is to physics.

Court faces momentous decision

A columnist for Forbes magazine declared in 2012 that Illinois, among several states, is in a fiscal "death spiral" that results from high taxation combined with population and business flight. Other observers have picked up the term.

Jim Dey: Ex-Northwestern prof's work prompts $40 million suit

The Sword of Damocles that's been hanging over the heads of top officials at Northwestern University finally fell this week.

"$40 Million Lawsuit rocks Northwestern," screamed a front-page headline from Wednesday's Chicago Tribune.