George Will | Democrats get tantalizing sense of possibilities

GRIFFIN, Ga. — "Life happens," Stacey Abrams instructs a small but boisterous crowd in a sun-drenched park south of Atlanta. She says: Your car breaks down. Your child gets sick. Could happen on Election Day. So, vote early. Today.

Austin Berg | These Illinois Halloween laws might scare you

How old is too old to trick-or-treat? And what time should Halloween festivities begin and end?

Growing up in central Illinois and the western suburbs of Chicago, kids aged out of going door-to-door somewhere around eighth grade. If you threw a few pumpkins or eggs, you would likely get caught and sent home.

But the laws on the books can be much more frightening than that.

Jim Dey | Schock corruption case on slow boat to final resolution

Nothing, it seems, takes longer than a federal prosecution, particularly when the defendant won't go quietly and then prosecutors and the judge screw up.

That's the story with former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, the Peoria Republican who is accused of mishandling campaign funds and government travel reimbursements.

Jim Dey | McCann is now all in for Illinois Democrats

Politics makes for strange bedfellows, and nowhere is that reality more clear than in a Democratic labor union's investment in the third-party "conservative" candidacy of downstate state Sen. Sam McCann.

Jim Dey | How long of a sentence is too long for young offenders?

Judging from the bare facts, Illinois prison inmate Darien Harris is a hard case.

Convicted of both murder and attempted murder, he's not scheduled to be released from prison until 2082 — 64 years from now. Two of the nine tattoos on his arms and hands — "Only God Can Judge Me" and "Savage Family" — speak clearly about his tough-minded outlook on life.

Jim Dey | Almost everything is going state Democrats' way

It's the best of times — for Illinois Democrats.

It's the worst of times — for Illinois Republicans.

George Will | Arizona voters can save judiciary from politcal spiral

WASHINGTON — This year's election that most implicates fundamental issues of American governance will not fill a legislative or executive office. And its importance is not primarily that it will either repudiate or reward dishonesty and cynicism in the service of factional grasping.

Jim Dey | Citizen letting his feet do the talking on reform in Springfield

"Walking Jim" Coxworth, a businessman from the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, knows a good idea when he borrows one.

That's why he's closing in on the end of a 187-mile, 13-day, one-man walk to bring political change to Illinois.

Real Talk | On the Black Panthers and Dr. King

Earlier this month, conservative columnist Bruce Kauffmann contrasted the philosophy and politics of the Black Panther Party (BPP) to that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Capitol Fax | Some things seem fishy about Pritzker staffers' lawsuit

The more I read it, the more skeptical I became of the racial-discrimination lawsuit filed against the J.B. Pritzker campaign by 10 current and former field-level workers last week.