Dan Corkery: Time to vent over re-engineered gasoline cans

I'm ready to kick the can.

Not as in "down the road," but "to the landfill."

If you have not purchased a new gasoline can in the last five years, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. I know I was.

Jim Dey: Time to make hard decisions on new school

With more questions than answers about a proposed tax hike to pay for school construction, Champaign schools Superintendent Judy Wiegand sometimes finds herself at a loss for words.

"I wish I could say more. But so much is up in the air right now," she said.

The court's indispensable role

WASHINGTON — Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court's term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today's progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism's achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures social strife and can do so in ways politically useful to progressives.

Dan Corkery: Readers share wisdom

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some of my late mother's proverbs, which she would inevitably utter whenever life would confound my brothers and me.

For July, kids should be kids

CHICAGO — We're deep into my family's unprecedented "Summer of Lethargy.''

Divisive opinions veiled in unanimity

WASHINGTON — Even when Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, the justices can be fiercely divided about fundamental matters, as was demonstrated by two 9-0 rulings last week. One overturned a Massachusetts law restricting speech near abortion clinics. The other invalidated recess appointments that President Barack Obama made when the Senate said it was not in recess.

Jim Dey: Cullerton optimistic, but sees challenges

Arguing that Illinois is in better shape than some might think, Senate President John Cullerton paid a visit to Champaign-Urbana Wednesday, touting what he calls positive changes and predicting progress will continue.

"I'm more optimistic," he said. "I look at (the glass) as half full," not half empty.

Jim Dey: Citizen initiatives swim against the tide in Illinois

Hundreds of people worked thousands of hours and spent millions of dollars to collect signatures needed to put two state constitutional amendments on the fall ballot.

Then Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the all-powerful godfather of state politics, hired the right lawyer and — poof! — made most of it (soon to be all of it) disappear.

Jim Dey: IBHE director's exit seemed neat, but report details quite a mess

In October 2012, the Illinois Board of Higher Education issued a news release announcing that George Reid, the agency's executive director, "has decided to step down for personal reasons" in order to reduce "his personal time on the road and to increase his time with his family."

Understanding the reparations difference

CHICAGO — In his 2004 book "The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What It Means for America," author Nicolas C. Vaca shatters the myth of a Rainbow Coalition among minorities.