Jim Dey | Perennial Illinois office-seeker finds more success out West

"Go west, young man."

So said author and newspaper publisher Horace Greeley in an 1865 editorial that encouraged Civil War veterans to take advantage of the opportunities created by the country's expansion.

The message has resonated far beyond Greeley's target audience and time.

Take John Cox, the former Illinois lawyer, businessman, investor and frequent office seeker.

Charles Krauthammer | 'I leave this life with no regrets'


I have been uncharacteristically silent these past 10 months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I'm afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.

Jim Dey | Plenty of sleight of hand in this 'balanced' budget

They say — and the machinations of the General Assembly over the past three years demonstrate — that it's difficult to pass a balanced budget for the state of Illinois.

Jim Dey | Allegations topple another on team Madigan

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has got trouble.

Lordy, does he have trouble.

Not so much that he'll break a sweat in public.

Jim Dey | Man's suit about being framed for murder ends with silence

The $40 million lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he was framed for murder by a Northwestern University journalism instructor and his students has ended — not with a bang, but a confidential settlement agreement.

Legal papers disclosing the settlement were filed last week at the U.S. District Court in Chicago. The terms will remain under wraps.

Austin Berg | Obscure government official's side gig a cause for concern


You've probably never heard of Andrew Hamilton. But if you're an Illinois business looking for an edge, he might be your man.

George Will | Gerald Ford: The accidental president

WASHINGTON — Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 — first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco — two separate handgun-wielding women attempted to assassinate the president. Had either succeeded, and each was close enough to have done so, the nation would have had a third president in 14 months, and a second consecutive one who had never been on a national ticket.

Gene A. Budig/Alan Heaps | Attending college: A big decision


It's the end of spring and the beginning of summer, and that means college graduation for millions of Americans.

Jim Dey | Budget deal hasn't solved state's financial woes

After Illinois legislators passed a 2018-19 state budget, Republian Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders praised their action as a step in the right direction.

But don't be fooled. Whatever the merits of the new spending plan, Illinois is still headed in the wrong direction, facing cataclysmic financial problems that have rendered it effectively bankrupt.

Jim Dey | What's next for Schock after denial of motion?

A federal appeals court in Chicago on Wednesday rejected former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's request that it dismiss a criminal indictment against him, ruling that it will consider the substantive issues he raised after trial — if he's convicted — and not before.