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Jim Dey | Man exonerated in 1993 killing of ISU student must wait some more

Now Alan Beaman waits — once again.

The good news is that it'll just be a few months before the Illinois Supreme Court rules, and he'll pass the time at work and with his family in Rockford.

George Will | In Texas, a Democratic template for national victory in 2020

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance ("Basket of deplorables"!) to the election of today's president, seems intent ("Impeach!"; "Abolish ICE!"; "Free stuff!", "I am Spartacus!") on a repeat performance.

Austin Berg | Is this the most toxic tax in Illinois politics?

There is one product that, for a century, has towered above all others as a symbol of choice, control and personal freedom in America: the automobile.

There are more than 10 million registered vehicles in Illinois, according to the secretary of state's office.

One candidate for governor has ticked off a lot of their owners. And now he's trying to walk it all back.

Real Talk | Lynching, racial reconciliation and reparations

In recent years, the U.S. government has demonstrated a commitment to passing largely meaningless symbolic legislation designed to sanitize the country's history of racial wrongs. The recent introduction of bills in the House and Senate apologizing for lynchings continues this timorous tradition.

Jim Dey | Rauner's sorry, so sorry — but do the voters care anymore?

I'm sorry, so sorry
That I was such a fool

I didn't know
Love could be so cruel

Pop singer Brenda Lee made that ode to romantic regret a big hit in 1963. Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released his own version of that musical — and political — standard in an effort to persuade skeptical voters to give him another look.

Jim Dey | Another big day for man cleared in 1993 killing of ISU student

Today is a big day for Alan Beaman, the former Illinois Wesleyan University student who was convicted — and later cleared — of charges that he murdered his Illinois State University girlfriend in 1993.

Jim Dey | Pritzker's vagueness puts Rauner in a vise

When it comes to the law, vagueness is a vice that cannot be tolerated. Many laws have been stricken from the books for including unclear language that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

In politics, it's just the opposite — vague language is prized because it can be interpreted in multiple ways that allow a candidate to represent all things to all people.

Jim Dey | After a grilling, aggrieved litigant gets the brushoff

The most innocuous activities can lead to lawsuits. If readers are skeptical of that claim, they can ask Robert Kiminski of Michigan.

A resident of Dickinson County in the Upper Penninsula, Kiminski likes to barbecue chicken, and it's because he enjoys barbecuing and, of course, eating chicken that Kiminski sued the Libman Company of Arcola.

George Will | Government's guidance on campus rape deserves another look

WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama's Education Department might soon abate.

Off the Bench | Restoring civility in our society

Despite growing up in an era in which one read a newspaper that was delivered to the residence, I am still a little surprised when someone outside the delivery area sends me a comment on a column.