Jim Dey | Union effectiveness the issue in wake of Janus ruling

There's going to be significant fallout from the June 25 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that nonmembers of public-employee unions can no longer be required to pay fees to unions. But it appears it's going to take awhile to sort out.

Ralph Martire | School-funding formula change is proof of meaningful reform

Political discourse in the nation generally and our state specifically appears to have hit an all-time low.

In the Beltway, we have a president who regularly engages in character assassination against those who oppose — or even question — him. This in turn has led some of his most strident adversaries to suggest countering the president by adopting similar tactics.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | Stating my position to conservatives

After my last column, I received a thoughtful email from a white conservative. This is not unusual. As well as subliterate rants, I occasionally receive respectful, intelligent emails from white conservatives. I normally respond to each email, but given the importance of the questions raised, I think it best to publicly state my position.

George Will | Don't fix baseball, even if it may be broken

WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn't broken, don't fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones.

Jim Dey | In Illinois, ethics rules are written not to work

Illinois government can be farcical, sometimes by accident and sometimes by design.

Recent action by the Illinois State Board of Elections provides a brilliant example of farce by design. The subject of the board's inquiry involved the highly questionable campaign spending of Auditor General and former state Rep. Frank Mautino.

Capitol Fax | Mitchell appointment is an important move

Right up front, let's just stipulate that the recent appointment of state Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, as the Democratic Party of Illinois' interim executive director will not usher in an immediate sea change.

Jim Dey | Judge's trial schedule gives Schock's lawyers time they need

Defense lawyers in the corruption case of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock didn't get the formal trial delay they sought, but they did get the time they want to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce ruled Friday that jury selection in Schock's case will begin Jan. 28, 2019, and he expects the trial to take "all of February and the first week of March."

Jim Dey | Caught napping by a Nazi, state GOP paying the price

Is Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire businessman and governor of Illinois, a closet Nazi? Or a Nazi sympathizer? Or soft on Nazis?

To raise those questions is laughable. Rauner, who is seeking a second term in the November election, is a traditional Republican who's considered to be too liberal by some of his fellow party members.

Jim Dey | St. Clair County judge's troubles fewer, but still serious

Ronald Duebbert, a would-be circuit judge in scandal-plagued St. Clair County, has been down so long it looks like up to him.

But Duebbert, the subject of several columns in this space, got some good news this week. Criminal charges against him were dismissed.

However, he still faces a date before Illinois' Judicial Inquiry Board.

Jim Dey | Take it from Erika Harold: Running for office is a marathon

For people wondering just how big Illinois is, there's a great way to find out — run for statewide office.

The statistics — 102 counties, 12.5 million people — paint a picture.

But until it's mandatory to traverse the state from top to bottom and side to side day after day, mornings through evenings, it's just a theoretical marathon.