Jim Dey | Legal fight over Janus decision drenched in ruthless politics

As the U.S. Supreme Court approached adjournment of its 2016-17 session in late June, it released a landmark decision in an Illinois case involving workers rights — Janus v. AFSCME.

Jim Dey's Hot Corner: Mark Glennon

This week, a discussion about the state of Illinois' dire financial situation with MARK GLENNON, the executive director of, an online research, comment and commentary website devoted to issues impacting the Land of Lincoln.

A sampling of political columnist JIM DEY's conversation:

Jim Dey | Convicted murderer is a threat, in or out of prison

Whether convicted murderer Maurice Wallace is evil, crazy or both is an issue only experts can resolve, if, in fact, it can be resolved at all.

But he's a problem, and the question is what state prison officials are to do with him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."