Jim Dey: Judge admonished for indulging defendant

Michael W. Seal was not — to put it mildly — a model son.

He loafed and drank, to the point that his mother, with whom Seal lived, laid down the law. Darla Key said her son had to stop drinking and get a job.

George Will: Blood-stained tribal law

"It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race."

— Chief Justice John Roberts

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Violent gun deaths 'bearable'?

You frequently find fortune cookie aphorisms, yes, but it's not often that you find searing insight within Twitter's 140-character confines. Which is why a June tweet from one Dan Hodges — his profile describes him as a British political commentator — stood out.

Jim Dey: Showdown in Springfield

Long about high noon Wednesday, a low-down sidewinder by the name of Mike Madigan is fixin' to plug Springfield's new sheriff — Bruce Rauner.

See, Madigan is the ramrod of the Capitol Gang, and he don't cotton to Rauner's plan to clean things up. The city just ain't big enough for the two of them.

I do not know what fate awaits me

Jim Nowlan: Can Illinois lead nation in volunteering?

Some readers might think this column a tad eccentric. I like to call it "thinking outside the box."

I propose a plan for Illinois to dramatically increase volunteerism for the state's educational and social services, as a way of picking up some of the slack that results from state budget cuts.

George Will: Affirming a patient's right to die

SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.

Esther Cepeda: Educate yourself on melanoma

CHICAGO — Former President Jimmy Carter got me to schedule a doctor's appointment and buy sunscreen.

When I heard that Carter has four spots of melanoma on his brain, I felt a bit of a gut punch. Melanoma? What is skin cancer doing on the president's brain?

Jim Dey: Murder case should be open-and-shut

Ardis Fenn has been accused of murder, but never charged with murder.

He's been convicted of shooting Curtis Mosley, a serious offense, but authorities have yet to act on evidence that he shot and killed Mosley, an even more serious offense.

A new serial for your breakfast reading

Goodbye, "WuMo."

Hello, "Luann."

Starting with today, we are publishing one of America's most popular — and longest-running — comic strips, "Luann" by Greg Evans. It replaces "WuMo."

Why the change?

"WuMo" was not very funny.

Jim Dey: Budget brinkmanship's casualties

Earlier this week, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a portion of a bill passed with the best of intentions.