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Real Talk | Time to send Chief's ghost to Spurlock Museum

How long will we be haunted by the ghost of a racist mascot?

For 30 years, anti-racist activists labored to remove the blight on the University of Illinois' conscience. For 12 years, we have struggled to keep this wraith in the grave. Yet, like the evil apparition in a horror film, it continues to rise and terrorize us.

Marc A. Thiessen | Opposing impeachment

By MARC A. THIESSEN

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that she is "not for impeachment" has caused resistance on the left. Pelosi, D-Calif., is not trying to protect President Donald Trump. She is trying to protect the Democratic Party from its lunatic fringe. It's an increasingly difficult challenge.

George Will | Worse living through chemistry

WASHINGTON — On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka "El Chapo," was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico's largest.

Thirteen days before his conviction, authorities seized enough of the synthetic opioid called fentanyl for 100 million lethal doses. It was hidden in a truck carrying cucumbers through the Nogales port of legal entry.

Jim Dey | Lifting a finger about officer's actions

Here's a word of advice to all cops tempted to use their vast authority to get even with citizens who anger them: Don't do it.

Those who may be tempted — for purely understandable reasons — to ignore that good advice should learn from police Officer Matthew Minard of Taylor, Mich.

Because he got mad, he got even, at least Minard thought he did. But who's crying now?

Jim Dey | Search warrant's silence not legally golden

Readers of the Sherlock Holmes mystery "Silver Blaze" may recall that the solution to the crime — the apparent theft of a race horse and suspected murder of the horse's trainer — turned on the question of the guard dog's failure to bark in the night.

Jim Dey | Will case of 'Jones burglary' settle old dispute?

A legal dispute that was often the subject of vehement disagreement at the weekly lawyers' lunch in Urbana is expected to be resolved soon by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Jim Dey | Is Schock still guilty in court of public opinion?

Former U.S. Rep Aaron Schock has been getting a lot of bad press lately. Some suggest he got an undeserved pass for committing a series of financial crimes while others speculate that the reason is because he's white.

Off the Bench | Curious case of child suing parents for giving birth to him

While I am not a YouTube regular, I did have occasion to check it out for the purpose of learning more about Raphael Samuel, a man in India who has announced that he is suing his parents.

Jim Dey | Details aside, Pritzker's tax plan will appeal to many

Good salesmen recognize an effective pitch when they see one. That's why Illinois voters should be prepared to hear the following statement repeated ad nauseam between today and November 2020.

"Under my fair tax plan, 97 percent of taxpayers get tax relief, and the wealthy will pay their fair share."

Jim Dey | In Schock case, feds' legal sound and fury signified nothing

After four years of headlines and legal battles, the corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, came to a sudden and surprising end Wednesday.

What happened?

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