Jim Dey: Schock case a separation-of-powers quagmire

With a pending appeal of his request to dismiss criminal charges against him, former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria is getting help from an unexpected source.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench: Societal conflict: We can work it out

When I was a junior high school student, the Beatles came to America. Their arrival created quite an uproar. Teachers and administrators freaked when boys showed up at school with Beatle wigs. Little did I know that all these years later I would be referencing one of their songs in a column dealing with societal conflict.

Elizabeth Hess/Left is Right: Helmet use a choice — not a law — in Illinois


I remember being in grade school when my father asked my sister and me never to get on the back of a motorcycle when we got older. He wasn't strict at all as a parent, but he knew and saw too much destruction in the aftermath of motorcycle accidents.

Austin Berg: Starving for certainty on state budget


Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth and possibly final State of the State address in Springfield on Jan. 31.

The governor took direct aim at a few politically popular issues. One focal point was a bill that would bar lawmakers from working as property tax attorneys. Another was term limits.

Jim Dey: Illinois federal judge rapped for lenient sentencing

When U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin announced his support for St. Clair County lawyer Staci Yandle to become a federal judge in 2014, he bragged that she was "an excellent candidate for the federal bench in southern Illinois."

"She will bring a wealth of knowledge and litigation experience to the position. I am pleased that President Obama has nominated her," Durbin said.

Tom Kacich: Ives' strategist backing more than one horse

The same strategist playing a large role in the campaign of conservative governor candidate Jeanne Ives also is a major supporter of a Decatur Republican who is running to succeed Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, in a three-way GOP primary.

Jim Dey: Free agents struggle as data dominates contracts

Two months from now, the summer game — although it won't be close to summer — will be under way. The Cardinals, Cubs and White Sox all will be playing regular season games in a season that won't be over until late October.

Jim Dey: I've learned a few things as well, Chancellor Jones

OK, gang, listen up.

It's time for another foray into hate speech. That's the speech the apostles of tolerance on campus can't tolerate hearing.

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Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Trump, Jay-Z and economic progress of blacks

Donald Trump's trumpeting of the historically low official African-American unemployment rate is designed to drown out his demeaning commentary on African people and to direct us away from critically examining the racial effects of his policies. Jay-Z is correct to reject Trump's political tactic. However, his response is inadequate.

George Will: Why good economic news is really bad

WASHINGTON — In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity "is solving its economic problem."