George Will: Iran deal reflects disdain for Congress

WASHINGTON — It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, N.M. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Police brutality a problem for all

This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be.

Certainly there is cause for outrage over the way a Texas state trooper escalated the routine traffic stop of an indignant African-American woman into a violent arrest; she died of an apparent jail cell suicide three days later.

Jim Nowlan: 'They're both to blame'

The relative handful who follow Illinois politics closely are captivated by the unresolved mano a mano tussle between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan over the failure to enact a state budget.

The policy outcome is not in much doubt: a somewhat trimmed budget and a bump back up in the income or other taxes, to be hammered out sometime before Labor Day.

Jim Dey: New battle in parking war

URBANA — Dr. Milorad Ketchens pursued a unique multi-year effort to acquire a neighbor's driveway, which resulted in a $242,400 legal judgment against him.

Now he's hoping that a state appeals court will eliminate or reduce the damage award ordered by Champaign County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Ford.

Dan Corkery: Reading the first draft of literary history

For many high school students, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" was more than required reading, it was an experience of language, characters, humor, drama and racial injustice.

When published in 1960, "Mockingbird" was a commercial success and won the Pulitzer Prize. It remains today perhaps the most read novel in American high schools.

Jim Dey: Pay dispute

As Illinois enters its fourth week without a spending plan, the budget standoff has Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan at swords' points.

But it's not just the big dogs who are fighting.

Jim Dey: Friends rally to retired lawyer's aid

They came. They saw. They contributed.

Consequently, last weekend's fund-raiser which local lawyers held for an ailing colleague proved to be a big success.

Champaign lawyer Mark Lipton, who organized the event to assist now-retired Urbana lawyer Marvin Gerstein, said that he has collected a "little over $15,000."

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Justice must replace injustice

The United States does not have a justice system.

Jim Dey: The change in Atticus Finch

Many Americans — especially members of the literati and chattering classes — are in mourning over the death of the character of a man who never was.

Jim Nowlan: Crushing weight of health care

The overtime budget battles going on right now in Illinois and many other states are largely caused by relentless increases in health care costs that for decades have been growing faster than the tax revenues to pay for them.

And it is only going to get worse, as the Baby Boom Generation moves into old age, where they will devour health care.