Jim Dey | Madigan: I love me, and so do the people of Illinois

Illinois' Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn't sweat — he perspires.

And he doesn't perspire, at least not where people can see this unusually cool cat do so.

But — this is a revelation — Madigan privately stews in his own juice, nursing his grudges and planning his revenge.

Says who? Well, says Madigan himself, not directly but clearly.

Capitol Fax | Governor-elect vows to work with both parties

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has taken the prospect of an immediate income tax hike off the table, telling the Sun-Times that he won't pursue an "artificial" progressive income tax during the coming spring legislative session.

George Will | Mississippi residents deserve shot at self-rehabilitation

WASHINGTON — In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson's belief that "men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things." Now, the state has asked the U.S.

Off the Bench | Rarely an easy resolution in civil cases

One of the questions regularly asked by people involved in civil litigation is "why does it take so long?"

Recognize that the court has a mission of processing its cases while allowing the litigants adequate time to prepare.

Jim Dey | Death-penalty case in Missouri offers unique legal wrinkle

The state of Missouri is barred from executing convicted murderer Russell Bucklew because it would be too painful for him.

That's what lawyers representing the 50-year-old Bucklew said during oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tom Kacich | Big turnout key to Democrats' historic election win

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A stellar organization, J.B. Pritzker's money and Donald Trump's politics combined Tuesday to give Champaign County Democrats a historic, extraordinary victory.

Jim Dey | Voters to rule on judge accused of lying to police

Witnesses who appear in court to testify must swear to tell the truth and the whole truth, often directly to the judge presiding over the case.

Judges take it very seriously when witnesses lie. But what happens when judges lie?

For starters, it's bad public relations. How bad?

Voters in DuPage County will find out soon enough.

Scott Reeder | When forced with two evil choices ... choose neither

"We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors." — C.S. Lewis

SPRINGFIELD — Christian theologian C.S. Lewis said that when it comes to choosing between the lesser of two evils, don't choose either.

Austin Berg | Nearly half of state House candidates face no opponent

There are 118 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives. But before a single vote is cast on Election Day, nearly half of those seats will have been filled.

That's because 54 candidates are running unopposed.

George Will | Madness of college hoops goes well beyond March

WASHINGTON — Until last week, it seemed that the Division I college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the "student-athletes" who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry's billions.