Jim Dey: Shimkus' opponent an experienced runner

MAHOMET — Eric Thorsland knows the challenge of a being a long-distance runner, but he denies that there is any loneliness associated with his race for the U.S. House of Representatives.

"It's truly an enjoyable experience," he said. "It's really nice to get to places that feel neglected."

Esther Cepeda: Exposing our darkest thoughts

CHICAGO — Raise your hand if you've heard the phrase "heart of darkness" about a hundred times lately.

It has been used to reference the African continent, the Ebola outbreak, the newly discovered origination point of the HIV virus, as well as beheadings by the Islamic State and Syria's terrorist tactics, among other calamities.

Scott Reeder: Indiana's transformational leader

WEST LAFEYETTE, Ind. — Mitch Daniels has been a transformational leader for Indiana.

For his eight years as governor, he charted a much different course for the Hoosier State than the one taken by Illinois.

Recently, I sat down with the former governor, who now leads Purdue University, and asked him to discuss his time at Indiana's helm.

Dan Corkery: Beetle, Hagar, Hi and Lois: It's all in the family

I'll say one thing about Hiram and Lois Flagston: They've aged well.

So have their kids. So well, after 60 years, they're still kids.

The names might not sound familiar, but you know them by their comics title: "Hi and Lois."

For those who have already read today's comics section, you know that the creation of Mort Walker and Dik Browne is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

George Will: The fictitious 'war on women'

DENVER — One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope.

Jim Dey: Senate Bill 16 remains a work in progress

Today's tutorial is about proposed legislation to change the state's funding formula for Illinois' K-12 schools.


Sorry, just nodded off a little bit there. This subject is just so complicated and so boring that it kind of knocks me oooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuutttttttttt. ZZZZZZZZZZ.

Whoa — that sandman is tenacious.

Jim Dey: Governor's race will be a photo finish

Interesting but ugly, kind of like a serious traffic accident that draws the attention of passing motorists.

Tackled by the language police

WASHINGTON — Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let's hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word "Redskins" when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

Jim Dey: From Rauner's riches to lawyers in love

Here are some updates from previous columns.

Mitt Rauner has done it again.

Or is it Billionaire Bruce?

Whatever Democratic Party caricature one prefers, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner last week released tax records showing he had another great year in 2013, earning more than $60 million.

Dan Corkery: Frank Earnest's story is worth telling

Frank Earnest was an accomplished young man: a strong student who went to college, a four-sport athlete, editor of his high school yearbook, a good writer and a popular fellow.

During his senior year in 1914-15 at Homer High School, he appeared in the senior play, leaving his signature in two different spots in the Homer Opera House.