Austin Berg: What you should know about taxes


Tax Day might be behind us, but Illinoisans have plenty of reasons to worry about their finances.

Here are three things families in the Land of Lincoln need to know about the cut government takes from their pocketbooks.

Dan Corkery: Lighten up, Abe: New license plate needs work

You can't fault the Illinois Secretary of State's Office for not listening.

They got the message: The new license plate needs work.

The gray image of Abraham Lincoln — only half of him, on the left, not the middle — makes it hard to read the first character of long license plate numbers. Not enough contrast between the red and the gray.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench: Celebrating the rule of law on May 1

When I was a lad, the first day of May was commonly celebrated as May Day. Children would pick flowers, put them in baskets and secretly deposit the baskets on the front porch of the nice lady who always gave the best Halloween candy. It was also the day the Soviets celebrated themselves by parading missiles and soldiers through Red Square.

George Will: Trump: The 'Oh, never mind' president

WASHINGTON — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that "we are palsied by the will of our constituents." In this regard, if in no other, the 45th president resembles the sixth.

Jim Dey: 'Dear Jane': Let's not profess to be quite so naive

Former President Harry Truman believed that writing an angry letter had a cathartic effect.

Sometimes, when he was really boiling, Truman would dash off a note to his foe of the day, telling him in no uncertain terms just what he thought.

Jim Dey: Schock's lawyers want all charges tossed

A day after federal prosecutors blithely dismissed misconduct allegations by an indicted former congressman, lawyers for Aaron Schock filed legal papers asking that the 22-count indictment against their client be dismissed because it is constitutionally and legally flawed.

Tom Kacich: Nursing home's projected 'broke' point is near

Hear more from Kacich Thursday at 7:40 on WDWS.

They're only cash-flow projections, Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch cautions, but they're all that county officials have to work off of right now.

Jim Dey: What to make of 'motions in limine'

The defense says it doesn't want the prosecution to use unspecified unflattering information about a man charged with murder in an upcoming trial.

The prosecution replies that it has no intention of using it, except perhaps in rebuttal after presenting its case-in-chief.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Rachel Dolezal, Ben Carson and racial draft

While walking on the Quad one day in the fall of 2001, I bumped into a graduate student who was wearing a faded multicolored dashiki and sporting reddish blonde dreadlocks. Noticing my quizzical look, he explained that he was white but "aesthetically black." Now by this confusing concept he meant to convey that he had consciously adopted African-American culture.

John Reed: Change is in our DNA at News-Gazette Media


I like numbers. Perhaps that's a testament to the education in finance and accounting I received at our local institution of higher learning nearly three decades ago. Or maybe it's that numbers have proven over the years to be a useful way to help me tell a story.