George Will | After nixing nuke deal, is containment our only option?

WASHINGTON — The path to today's problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court, where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4 1/2 minutes, physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus.

Jim Dey | Look out: Solving pension woes will flatten taxpayers

Property-tax payers, particularly those in the Champaign school district, are smarting from the bills they received earlier this year.

Capitol Fax | It's long past time to put together a 'good budget'


"Nothing's more important for a governor than having a good budget, because that allows you to manage the state to do your job."

Let that recent quote from former Gov. Jim Edgar as reported by the State Journal-Register sink in for a bit.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench | Understanding the significance of Law Day

We are frequently reminded that time does fly. I experienced one such reminder when I sat down to write my May column. Since May 1 is Law Day, I had an obvious subject. But I hesitated, thinking I had written about Law Day just a few months ago. Well, a few turned out to be 12. It is no wonder there are so many candles on my birthday cake.

Jim Dey | Mass. court's ruling applies liability in student suicides

Dzung Duy Nguyen was a graduate student at MIT's Sloan School of Management who could best be described as fragile. With aspirations to become an academic, the 25-year-old struggled with insomnia, test-taking and interpersonal relations.

Jim Dey | Separating politics, policy in progressive-tax plan

Politicians usually run away from tax-hike proposals during election years as fast as their two legs and forked tongues will carry them.

Dan McCaleb | Huck Finn could stop smart consolidation effort


Amid all of the slimy backroom deals that are struck and all the regressive, overly burdensome policies that continue to be debated under the dome in Springfield, there actually are some good pieces of legislation that get filed.

George Will | Are we now trapped in a debt spiral?

WASHINGTON — From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, "carnaptious," that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let's think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds recently rose briefly to 3 percent, and soon may move above this.

Jim Dey | State senator's lawsuit alleges facts that are in serious dispute

Call it the cycle of political warfare Illinois-style — fussing turns into feuding turns into fighting.

Before you know it, a meeting with a group of Girl Scouts has degenerated into a federal lawsuit that includes disputed facts and ugly claims about "tyranny" forced upon the beleaguered people of Illinois.

Capitol Fax | State has allowed too many colleges to decline


Eastern Illinois University's legislative liaison Katie Anselment had some strong words for legislators during an Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee hearing last week.