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Jim Dey | Sentences of young, violent offenders getting second looks

When a court rules, it's often not the end of a legal dispute but the beginning of a whole series of new legal disputes.

Consider U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Roper vs. Miller (2005), Ghaham vs. Florida (2010) and Miller vs. Alabama (2012).

George Will | The idea of an aesthetic impeachment

WASHINGTON — If congressional Democrats will temper their enthusiasm for impeachment with lucidity about the nation's needs and their political self-interest, they will understand the self-defeating nature of a foredoomed attempt to remove a president for aesthetic reasons.

Tom Kacich | 13th District race could be rematch of '18 election

The 2020 election in Illinois' 13th Congressional District, which includes Champaign-Urbana and much of central Illinois down to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, already is looking like the 2018 election.

Real Talk | The dehumanization of black children

One of the cruelest and most destructive aspects of anti-black racial oppression is U.S. society's unrelenting criminalization and war on black children. This feature of the "American Way" is deeply rooted in the U.S.'s social history and mass psychology.

Jim Dey | Indictment of alderman shows how business is done in Chicago

Last week's indictment of longtime Alderman Ed Burke is just so Chicago.

One minute the alderman is allegedly trying to shake down a businessman working on a big construction project, and the next he's working to help the daughter of a friend get an internship at the Field Museum.

Jim Dey | Ammons' 'Democrat judge' bill on pause in state Senate

State Rep. Carol Ammons' "Democrat judges" bill, which blasted through the Illinois House this week, now rests in the Senate, where it will remain while legislators discuss its ramifications.

State Sen. David Koehler, D-Peoria, the sponsor of the legislation in his chamber, said Friday he would not try to pass the bill during the current session's waning hours.

Jim Dey | Ammons' 'Democrat judge' bill still moving at top speed

State Rep. Carol Ammons' "Democrat judge" bill came out of the starting blocks like Secretariat and just kept going. By Thursday evening, the bill that was introduced on Memorial Day was out of the Illinois House and on its way to the Senate, where state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said "it is still teed up" for proponents to pass.

Jim Dey | Ammons' 'Democrat judge' bill catching on as it speeds through legislature

In one Champaign County judicial race decided in November 2018, a Democrat faced off against a Republican — at least on paper. Chad Beckett ran as a Democrat against Randy Rosenbaum, the incumbent Republican.

But Rosenbaum, the longtime county public defender, was really a Democrat, always has been and probably always will be. Those in the know knew it all along.

Jim Dey | Is Madigan-style reform coming to Champaign County?

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One of Champaign County's most partisan elected officials has joined forces with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan in a bid to elect more Democrats to judicial offices here.

Jim Dey | More pension debt? Surely legislators jest!

Call them cliches or give them the kinder characterization of aphorisms.

Pithy sayings always have their place because, in a handful of words, they send a clear message.

Here's one: The first rule of holes is that when you're in one, quit digging.

Most people can figure out the meaning — don't make a bad problem worse.

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