Jim Nowlan: Rauner's Plan B emerging

In a June 21 editorial in the Chicago Tribune, Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined a long overdue Plan B for resolving the state budget impasse.

Jim Dey: Showdown in Cook County

If this was a television drama, oral arguments would start at "High Noon" on Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Gary Cooper would carry his briefcase into court and face off against Frank Miller. They'd argue for a little while and then Cooper would fill the nefarious Miller full of lead. Case closed.

Scott Reeder: Guns aren't the problem ... it's who's behind the trigger

Editor's Note: Scott Reeder originally wrote this column seven years ago. But in the wake of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre, we believe it remains as relevant today.

SPRINGFIELD — I took my 3-year-old daughter, Grace, fishing the other day.

Dan Corkery: Illinois burns while politicians send junk mail

I bet most of us regard the campaign literature we receive in the mail to be junk.

And how.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: We've failed Sherdavia Jenkins

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

I still remember your funeral.

I still remember the white casket, small with only two handles on each side.

I still remember the red teddy bear someone had placed near your head.

Jim Dey: High court extinguishes Illinois tobacco case

The smart money contends the legal case of Sharon Price et al vs. Philip Morris is finally over. It's claimed the same thing before and been wrong.

But after 16 years of litigation, what more is there to say?

George Will: Save GOP by not donating

"There's an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and it is still sewage. But add a cup of sewage to the wine, and it is no longer wine but sewage. Is this what Donald Trump has done to our politics?"

— Martha Bayles, in the Claremont Review of Books

Jim Dey: This entrepreneur all about the green

It's summertime, and the living is easy for Joe Bagger — except when he's mowing lawns.

Like many kids his age as well as adults who run full-fledged lawn care businesses, Joe sees green in all that un-mowed grass.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Bullet won't stop bad idea

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

On Saturday, someone tried to kill Donald Trump.

You may not have heard about it. The story didn't get much play, the attempt wasn't well planned and the candidate was never in jeopardy.

Jim Nowlan: Improving his town by going face to face

I am giving readers a break from my rants about the destructive state budget impasse.

In that regard, I am hearing from savvy observers that the next real full-year budget may not come until after the 2018 gubernatorial and legislative elections.