Jim Dey | Not everyone is buying Pritzker's claim of balanced budget

New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been crowing about his accomplishments during the recent legislative session, perhaps none more than his Svengali-like accomplishment passing what he calls a "balanced budget."

Real Talk | I can trust America to be America

When Louis (Robert DeNiro's character in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown") tells Odell Robbie (Samuel Jackson) that he shouldn't trust Melanie (Bridget Fonda), Robbie replies, "You can't trust Melanie, but you can trust Melanie to be Melanie." Robbie's point is that you can expect consistency in human behavior, over time.

Jim Dey | With no real alternative, Christensen's lawyers admit obvious

Poor Brendt. Poor, poor Brendt.

That was the gist of defense lawyer George Taseff's opening statement to jurors in the Brendt Christensen murder/kidnapping case that began Wednesday at the U.S. Courthouse in Peoria.

Jim Dey | Voter apathy threatens passage of Pritzker tax-hike amendment

If voters aren't already sick of hearing about Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposed progressive-income-tax amendment, they will be 16 months from now. November 2020 is when the issue will be put to a vote.

Jim Dey | Fair or foul? Campaigns fight for public opinion

My message is better than your message!

Is not!

Is too!

Want to fight about it?

It's not quite that simple. But, in essence, that sort of exchange is what political campaigns are all about.

Two candidates present competing messages to the voters, who choose the one they like best.

George Will | College Board tries to solve social problem it's unsuited to solve

WASHINGTON — The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow's law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants to solve a complex social problem that it and its test are unsuited to solve.

George Amaya/Voices | Lessons the Army taught me


On Dec. 29, 1976, I took the following oath:

Jim Dey | New state budget includes the usual flim flam

The smoke is starting to clear from last weekend's legislative session in which our public servants engaged in another of their patented, last-minute, bill-passing frenzies.

Off the Bench | Courthouse employees stay plenty busy

Do you ever have a memory from a prior event pop into your mind? That happened to me recently when I recalled my first interview for the judgeship in the Central District of Illinois.

Jim Dey | Local Democratic rule: How solid and for how long?

Last week at this time, state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, was trying to pass legislation that would turn Champaign County into a one-county judicial circuit created to elect judge candidates running under the Democratic Party banner.

The bill passed in the Illinois House but now is pending in the Senate, where its merits will be studied before it is given further consideration.