Rich Miller/Capitol Fax | Biss and Kennedy are staying close


Sources in both parties said last week that their tracking polls were showing a dip in support for state Sen. Daniel Biss and a trending increase for Chris Kennedy in the Democratic primary race for governor.

George Will | Pennsylvania race could set template for Dems

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. — Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, which ripples over the steep hills of this Pittsburgh suburb and stretches south to the West Virginia border, has not had a competitive congressional election since 2006. The fact that it will have one on March 13 makes this the most important 2018 voting before Nov. 6.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk | W.E.B. Du Bois vs. Booker T. Washington

Feb. 23 marked the sesquicentennial of W.E.B. Du Bois' birth. Born in Great Barrington, Mass., he died 95 years later, in Accra, Ghana, on the day of the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

Jim Dey | UI student balancing campus life, campaign trail

Marko Sukovic, a University of Illinois senior, was supposed to be in his public-relations writing class Wednesday morning at Gregory Hall.

But readers know how things sometimes go with college students and morning classes.

"Unfortunately, I was not able to make it," Sukovic said. "But I will be in class Thursday. I promise."

Jim Dey | Madigan's under fire, but he's not sweating much

Republican candidates for state office in Illinois are having a field day with their futile calls for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan's political head.

"Everyone has had enough of Mike Madigan, no matter what the party," said Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton House member who is challenging Gov. Bruce Rauner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Jim Dey | Illinois-based case has Supreme Court justices minding P's, Q's

All eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Monday during oral arguments on an Illinois-based case — Janus v. AFSCME — that poses a financial threat to the political power of public employee unions.

Capitol Fax | Could Madigan wind up 'taxed' out of existence?


Every election cycle, House Democratic candidates have to pay what can be thought of as a "Madigan Tax."

The "tax" is the amount of extra campaign money, labor and ingenuity required to overcome the voting public's strong negative perception of being in any way associated with House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Jim Dey | Local protests aim to put an end to abortion

Several days a week — more on good weeks and fewer on bad ones — the sentries show up to march and pray on a public sidewalk in front of the Women's Health Practice on South Neil Street in Champaign.

George Will | Billy Graham: Neither prophet nor theologian

WASHINGTON — Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many "miracles around us today, including television and airplanes." Graham was no theologian.