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: 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.

Jim Dey: As tax day draws near, numbers tell real story

With income-tax filing day arriving on Tuesday, it's a sure bet there are many procrastinators today sweating bullets over completing this distasteful annual obligation.

Scott Reeder: With death penalty, justice must be balanced with mercy

SPRINGFIELD — "These are halls of justice — not mercy," the prosecutor bellowed before the jury as I wiggled uncomfortably in the back of the courtroom, notebook in hand.

I was fresh out of college and covering courts in Texas when I first wrestled with the notion of justice vs. mercy.

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.

George Will: A case for preventing kids' scraped knees

WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the transportation of parochial school pupils to classes — but not on field trips.

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.

Dan Corkery: A song, not a sonnet, about your Easter bonnet

The song is so charming, that it's easy to skip over the unfamiliar word: rotogravure.

On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, Fred Astaire sings to Judy Garland in "Easter Parade," the photographers will snap us, and you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.

The word refers to a printing process, in which etched plates deliver sharp ink images to paper.