George Will | Only Dems can save this president

Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;

And Brutus is an honorable man.

— Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar"

Tom Kacich | Years ago, C-U was 'as Jim Crow as any northern town could possibly be'

Questions for Tom? Ask them here

If you were an African-American motorist traveling through East Central Illinois in the middle of the last century and looking for a friendly place to eat or spend the night, your choices were extremely limited.

Scott Reeder | Common-sense solutions for more manufacturing jobs in America

SPRINGFIELD — "I want a "smart refrigerator, Daddy."

My 10-year-old Anna made that pronouncement as we stood in front of a row of 20 refrigerators last week at a Springfield appliance store.

The salesman said, "Wouldn't you like to see some of our Maytag models?"

Jim Dey | Who signs bill? Legislative maneuver raises question

On Jan. 17, three days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office, he signed into law a controversial gun-control measure that subjects firearms dealers in Illinois to new state licensing rules and regulations in addition to already existing federal rules.

Jim Dey | Food trucks-vs.-restaurants battle reaches Illinois Supreme Court

Food servers battled food servers last week in a legal case that bubbled up, literally, from the sidewalks of Chicago all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Jim Dey | Can entering a house you were invited into be home invasion?

Marcelus Witherspoon and his girlfriend had a problem.

They liked to fight with each other almost as much as they liked to be together.

One day, Witherspoon's girlfriend — known only a S.L. — invited him over to her residence for what turned out to be fun and fury.

Dan McCaleb | Limited school choices hurt Illinoisans

Imagine a life without choices.

One in which there's just a single option available to you for most everything.

Lunchtime? Enjoy your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or go hungry.

Need a car? Take this Mitsubishi Mirage and like it.

Baseball in July in Chicago? Well, at least the White Sox are playing.

Doesn't sound like much of a free society, does it?

Jim Dey | Politics in Illinois, Chicago rotten but entertaining

There's little doubt that the state of Illinois holds a special rank when it comes to public corruption.

But the state's noxious politics pales in comparison to that of Chicago, the city of big shoulders and even bigger crooks.

Jim Dey | For marijuana, full steam ahead seems inevitable

Judging from his rhetoric as a candidate and his announced priorities as the new governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker is so enthusiastic about legalizing marijuana that he would happily hand out samples in schoolyards and urge recipients to share them with their parents.

Jim Dey | Is Illinois' FOIA statute a sword or a shield?

Earlier this month, lawyers representing thousands of Illinois prison inmates and the state reached an out-of-court settlement in which Illinois officials agreed to provide improved health care services for those behind bars.