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Witness: Kilgore spree caused 'ripple effect of trauma'

Witness to '75 holdup can't believe he's free

James Kilgore, the onetime revolutionary turned faculty member, describes his 1970s crime spree and nearly three decades on the run from the FBI as "political offenses."

Dan Corkery: Volcano eruption, college graduation forever linked

Thirty-four years ago today, a then little-known peak in southwestern Washington state became a household term for death, destruction and the power of Mother Earth.

The complicated legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson

WASHINGTON — Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: "We're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few." This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

Jim Dey: Retired physician pays price for SURS mistake

"You (screwed) up. You trusted us."

That's a classic line from "Animal House," the 1978 comedy about the men from Delta House. But it also sums up the situation facing a doctor from the University of Illinois at Chicago who, contemplating retirement, inquired of the State Universities Retirement System about what his pension would be and, relying on what he was told, quit working.

It's never too late to revisit your childhood

CHICAGO — Childhood is wasted on the young. We all know this, but too few of us have taken the time to go back to the longings we felt deprived of in our youth.

Not me. I'm actually on a roll — a decade-long one.

Stark choices for Illinois

CHICAGO — Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining. Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises, and $6.7 billion in unpaid bills.

Jim Dey: Urbana lawsuit has only lawyers smiling

You file, we smile.

That's long been the credo of defense lawyers involved in civil litigation, and for good reason. When their clients are sued, defense firms make a pretty penny acting outraged on their clients' behalf.

Jim Dey: No telling when — or if — school funding will change

Changes to Illinois' complicated public school funding formula that would provide more aid to school districts in need is an idea whose time has come, according to supporters.

Overly harsh police tactics affect more than canines

CHICAGO — If Radley Balko is right, it may be the dog lovers of America who touched off a movement to rein in the strong-arm tactics that have accompanied the militarization of the country's police forces.

Wisconsin's sordid episode of government by intimidation

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene.