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Jim Dey: Lawyer's suspension almost a victory

State regulators thought local lawyer Brian Sides was so bad at his profession that he represented a threat to the public.

Obama's legacy of dishonesty

WASHINGTON — Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless.

In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy.

Bruce Rauner's budget dilemma

In less than three months, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has to present a budget that is balanced — and do so with $4 billion less available revenue than is in the present $35 billion general funds budget, because of the automatic January 1 rollback of much of the 2011 income tax increases.

Dan Corkery: Go Illini, plow over those goldish-yellow guys

A strange sight this weekend: people in and around Memorial Stadium wearing black and yellow. Or was it gold?

I noticed they're well skilled at displaying the graven image of a bird in every imaginable place (and maybe in a few I don't care to imagine).

Why some men, women reject feminism

CHICAGO — And now for another episode of "As the Feminism Turns" — you know, the overwrought soap opera about who is and isn't a feminist, what it means today and whether it has relevance to women of any age.

It's a regular series, hopping from one celebrity-driven intrigue to another.

A murderer's warped idealism

WASHINGTON — Western reflection about human nature and the politics of the human condition began with the sunburst of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, but lurched into a new phase 70 years ago with the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps.

Rethinking foreign policy and use of force

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's coming request for Congress to "right-size and update" the Authorization for Use of Military Force against terrorism will be constitutionally fastidious and will catalyze a debate that will illuminate Republican fissures.

They, however, are signs of a healthy development — the reappearance of foreign policy heterodoxy in Republican ranks.

Dan Corkery: Red poppy remains a symbol of remembrance

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

That's the first stanza of John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Field," arguably the best-known literary work from the First World War.

Losing faith in America's medical system

CHICAGO — These days, you won't often hear reporters exclaim, "Wow, I am sure glad I'm in journalism." But I found myself saying this over and over as I made my way through Sandeep Jauhar's gloomy book "Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician." It convinced me I made the right career choice to write columns rather than prescriptions.

Rethinking Hillary 2016

WASHINGTON — Now that two of the last three Democratic presidencies have been emphatically judged to have been failures, the world's oldest political party — the primary architect of this nation's administrative state — has some thinking to do.