Jim Nowlan: 'Nuclear option' for reform

In the wake of the recent embarrassingly political, 4-3 partisan decision by the Illinois Supreme Court Democratic majority to reject a proposed voter initiative to reduce legislative district gerrymandering, savvy political observer Rich Miller has suggested the "nuclear option" of a voter initiative that would simply abolish the Illinois House altogether.

Dan Corkery: Despite variable forecasts, wet days ahead

If you ask long-range weather forecasters whether it will be a boy or a girl, you might get a third answer: neither.

Over the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and NASA have announced that the predicted La Niña climate phenomenon probably won't happen later this year, meaning a "neutral" winter for North America.

George Will: This year's most consequential Senate race

GLENOLDEN, Pa. — From Erie in the west to Scranton in the east, Pennsylvania is flecked with casualties the stubborn economic sluggishness and relentless globalization have inflicted on industrial communities. But in this middle-class Philadelphia suburb, Tom Danzi knows that the economy is denting even his business repairing damaged cars.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Socially sanctioned anti-black violence

In every era, the dominant forms of antiblack racial violence are socially sanctioned.

Jim Dey: Murders undergo 3rd degree in race for prosecutor

The gloves have come off in the race for the state's attorney in Champaign County, where three-term incumbent Democrat Julia Rietz seeks to fend off a challenge from Republican Assistant Public Defender George Vargas.

George Will: Putin's post-factual politics

"In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. ... Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building. ... For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes."

— George Orwell, "1984"

Jim Dey: Madigan vs. Madigan

Mike Madigan is causing big problems for Mike Madigan.

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Michael Madigan is a campaign drag on Michael Madigan.

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Jim Nowlan: Special interests' real role

The nearly 2,000 interest groups and individuals registered to lobby in our state exert powerful influence in their respective narrow, special scope of interest, but rarely do they concern themselves with the state's general long-term interests.

The National Rifle Association doesn't get involved in housing issues, and the Realtors don't weigh in on protecting access to AK-47 rifles.

George Will: IRS commissioner merits impeachment

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen's many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public.

David Bernthal: Jury duty is an honor, not an inconvenience

"Guard duty is an honor!" I remember hearing those words from a drill instructor while a basic trainee at Fort Knox, Ky.