Jim Dey | Dad's challenge over order to pay for daughter's college has big implications

Charles Yakich was more than willing to pay for his daughter's college education, but not at what he considered to be a "party school" in Florida.

Jim Dey | Not a pretty picture as legislative rancor spills into court

Hell has no fury like the requested photo of a group of Girl Scouts scorned.

It can lead to lawsuits, lawyers and all manner of anger, the implications of which could affect the gubernatorial election in November.

And why not?

The distance from the sublime to the ridiculous in Illinois government is often but one step.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | Consequences key to curtailing everyday racism

Perhaps, I’ve put too much emphasis on institutional and cultural racism. Or more accurately, I have not stressed individual racism enough.

Jim Dey | Pointing fingers

To think that Illinois was, just 20-plus years ago, considered a great state with its finances in reasonably good order makes it all the more difficult to fathom its current state of degradation.

Austin Berg | Kids will pay price if scholarship program is derailed


What happens when a political talking point becomes more than mere words?

Illinois parents in need of better schools are learning just that.

Marlene Suarez is one Illinois mom who wants a better future for her two daughters. The Chicago native is raising her family in the same neighborhood where she grew up, Little Village.

Scott Reeder | Justice has no price

SPRINGFIELD — Years ago, I watched the movie "Shawshank Redemption" and observed the character Andy Dufresne try to prove his innocence for a murder he didn't commit.

He, of course, had to do this while serving a life sentence in a Maine maximum-security prison.

Jim Dey | We're at top ... in corruption

A group of researchers in Chicago recently issued a report that will shock the people of Illinois. Not!

Jim Dey | Please acquit my guilty client ...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a Louisiana murder case involving an unrealistic defendant, wrote a 12-page single-spaced decision that can be summed up in five words, "Go ahead. It's your funeral."

Jim Dey | #@%&$! Profane speech in class isn't protected

Teresa Buchanan's edgy pedagogical style — lots of profanity and sexual innuendoes — worked well until it didn't.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench | Understanding the significance of Law Day

We are frequently reminded that time does fly. I experienced one such reminder when I sat down to write my May column. Since May 1 is Law Day, I had an obvious subject. But I hesitated, thinking I had written about Law Day just a few months ago. Well, a few turned out to be 12. It is no wonder there are so many candles on my birthday cake.