Real Talk | Commemorating 1619 in the right way

Some events are of such magnitude that even those who dread their impact are forced to acknowledge their significance. The looming 400-year anniversary of the arrival in Virginia Colony of the "20 and odd" Africans from Angola, most likely Ambundu people from the Kingdom of Ndongo, in late August 1619 is such an incident.

Jim Dey | First judge, now prosecutors out of Schock case

The increasingly odd corruption case filed against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock took another bizarre turn Thursday when local prosecutors were removed from the case by their superiors in Washington, D.C.

Jim Dey | Suspect in Cassano killing was hiding in plain sight

Facts suggest that Michael F. A. Henslick wanted to avoid the same fate of Michael R. Jones, the Champaign man arrested in 2015 and charged with a 30-year-old DuPage County murder case within days of providing a DNA sample to the probation office.

Jim Dey | Spending watchdog finds fertile ground out West

There he goes again.

Adam Andrzejewski (pronounced Angie-eff-ski) just can't resist playing the role of skunk at the government bureaucrats' garden party.

Jim Dey | 'Expert' witness assistance not all it's cracked up to be

What happens when an expert witness proves not to be an expert at all and opines about key issues in a murder case that are beyond his areas of expertise?

George Will | Questions over Kavanaugh confirmation

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats are at daggers drawn over confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Instead, they should unsheathe some questions designed to illuminate the excitement of constitutional reasoning.

Marc Thiessen | Catholic Church needs a #MeToo moment


WASHINGTON — Pope Francis' letter to the Catholic faithful last week was remarkable in that the Holy Father apologized not only for the sexual abuses carried out by Roman Catholic priests but also for the cover-up of that abuse carried out by Roman Catholic bishops.

Scott Reeder | A responsibility to protect our children

SPRINGFIELD — Sunday night, I watched my daughters pack up their book bags and get ready for their first day of school.

It's an annual rite of August in the Reeder household and many others. I've never quite understood how my girls can have so much fun shopping for school supplies and sneakers, but still dread the first day sitting at their desks.

Brett Rowland | Investors get more truth than Illinois taxpayers


Nearly every Illinois lawmaker who voted for the state's $38.5 billion budget in May said it was balanced. They came up far short of the truth.

Austin Berg | Who gets Madigan money ... and what it means for November

With election season upon us, one man's face will fill the mailboxes of Illinoisans more than any other. His visage will flash across screens constantly. Low voices will utter his name over radio waves.

Of course, I'm talking about the longest-serving state House speaker in American history, Mike Madigan.