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Elizabeth Hess/Left is Right: Liberal about caring

By ELIZABETH HESS

I am often asked, "You don't actually believe the liberal stuff you recite on the radio, do you?" I used to have a more defensive response to that question.

Now, I just say, "Yes, I really do — I don't just spout Democratic talking points to get a rise out of people or for ratings."

George Will: Basketball's payday, if the sneaker fits

WASHINGTON — Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Credit Mobilier scandal of the late 1860-early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by politicians and others concerning government oil leases) were entangled with Division I college basketball

Jim Dey: Pritzker faces tough tax, spending issues

With the March 20 primary election just four months away, the multi-candidate race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination is up for grabs.

But if conventional wisdom is correct — it's often wrong — Chicago businessman and Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker holds the whip hand.

George Will: An extra helping of irony

WASHINGTON — Tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But before nodding off, give thanks for another year of American hilarity, including:

Jim Dey: Dems showing measured disapproval on harassment claims

Congressional Democrats were more than happy to discuss the scandal-plagued U.S. Senate candidacy of former Alabama Judge Roy Moore after he was linked to efforts he made decades ago to date teenage girls.

Jim Dey: Judges' missteps see drug conviction overturned

Rules are rules, and judges are supposed to know them. Sometimes they don't.

At the same time, appellate court judges often write the rules trial judges must follow, and they are supposed to eschew obfuscation. Sometimes they don't.

That's why 22-year-old Arlandus Jackson has a good reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving.

Scott Reeder: More than just a haircut

SPRINGFIELD — I'd never been to a barber who didn't have a comb.

And I found myself sitting in a barber chair, the only white guy in the room and the barber asks, "How would you like your hair parted?"

I replied, "Hand me a comb and I'll show you."

Jim Dey: Death, taxes and confusion

In the aftermath of U.S. House passage of federal tax legislation last week, the partisan rhetoric escalated into overdrive. Republicans touted the legislation as a tax-cutting tonic for middle-income earners while Democrats argued the legislation will raise taxes for the same people.

George Will: Looming battle over bankrupting 'blue model'

"Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois, / Can be writ the nation's glory, Illinois, Illinois." — official state song

SPRINGFIELD — This state's story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018, Illinois will have the nation's most important, expensive and strange election.

Capitol Fax: Illinois House GOP leader faces competition

By RICH MILLER

Operating Engineers Union Local 150 is making good on its threat to back a Republican primary opponent against Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.