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Jim Dey: Fight not over for school funding

It's not back to square one for Senate Bill 16 — the proposed rewrite of Illinois' school aid formula — but the legislation will be introduced anew when members of the Illinois House and Senate take office Jan. 14.

Texas-sized plate dispute

WASHINGTON — The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state's Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles.

Jim Dey: Former UI prof's writing, research, teaching keeping him busy

History professor Vernon Burton misses the University of Illinois, but he's found he can write his books anywhere.

Now at Clemson University in South Carolina, Burton has just published the latest of his 20-plus books. He has a couple more in the hopper, including one about U.S. Supreme Court rulings on race-related issues.

"I hope to be through with it in 2015," he said.

Feminism sees the right

WASHINGTON — It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope.

Hold it, sirs, don't stop reading yet. I realize that seeing the F-word in the first paragraph is like discovering that your bride is wearing pantyhose, but bear with me.

The plague of overcriminalization

WASHINGTON — By history's frequently brutal dialectic, the good that we call progress often comes spasmodically, in lurches propelled by tragedies caused by callousness, folly or ignorance.

Today's teens are lost in videoland

CHICAGO — Last week, my eighth-grader engaged in World War I-style trench warfare. It involved students in his classroom arrayed in ranks and a great many wadded paper balls. My school-hating son called it his best class ever.

Jim Dey: UI's decision to rehire Kilgore proving costly

Faculty supporters of former Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist James Kilgore are celebrating his planned return to the University of Illinois faculty next semester, but the decision has undermined support for the institution from two prominent and now-former supporters.

Jim Dey: Judges' dalliance a matter of briefs

What once was smoking-hot gossip that fed the rumor mill in Bloomington's McLean County Courthouse has turned into a battle of legal briefs before a judicial oversight panel.

Jim Dey: Scrutiny increasing on Obama friend, former state official Whitaker

Political scandals don't have much traction any more in Illinois. In some states and localities, they're the new, new thing — in the Land of Lincoln the idea of public officials misbehaving is strictly retro.

Hear more from Dey at 10 a.m. Wednesday on WDWS.

Jim Dey: Daly case unusual for more than one reason

When appellate court justices decide to bench-slap an underling, they try to be polite about it.

Hence, the target is spared the trauma of being cited personally as a miscreant, granted a form of immunity in the form of limited anonymity.