Kochs, the cause that refreshes

WASHINGTON — Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.


Exactly. Though cable and online news junkies know the names, the vast majority of Americans probably have no idea who the Kochs are. They're about to find out.

Jim Dey: Many obstacles remain for proposed map amendment

Charlotte Hampton's work is done. Rupert Borgmiller's is just beginning.

These two people — one a great-grandmother from Paxton and the other a Springfield bureaucrat — hold separate, but still key, roles, in an effort to amend the Illinois Constitution and uproot the political status quo.

Tax reform's champion facing an uphill battle

WASHINGTON — The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement.

Playing politics over immigration

CHICAGO — It's a shame that Republicans blocked a resolution calling for the Senate to honor the legacy of Chicano icon Cesar Chavez. But though the GOP looks petty and downright stupid for not allowing a purely symbolic commemoration honoring the history-changing labor leader, the Democrats look sort of clueless themselves for not letting the Republicans add their say to the resolution.

Jim Dey: UI still quiet on Kilgore

When The News-Gazette published a lengthy story in February about a 1970s political terrorist and longtime fugitive now teaching and working at the UI, the school's highest-ranking officials were notably silent on the issue.

While some see red, Bush might break 'blue wall'

WASHINGTON — The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.

Jim Dey: This one's anything but a fixer-upper

At $10 million, they're practically giving Mahomet mansion away

Friday's Wall Street Journal carries some eye-popping advertisements for palatial homes in fancy locales at big-bucks prices.

Religious liberty claim is well within realm of reason

WASHINGTON — When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.

George Will: Take a swing at these baseball-trivia tidbits

WASHINGTON — "Andre Dawson," Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully once said, "has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all?" Yes, so use some of your remaining time constructively by identifying the player or players who:

(1) Won three batting titles by at least 44 points (two players).

Gene Budig: Baseball's Opening Day a thrill for players, fans

Larry Doby, the first black man to play in the American League, liked to talk with me about Opening Days at old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

"The colors that I remember were the pristine white and sharp gray of the neatly pressed uniforms, depicting the home and visiting teams," he would say.

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