Jim Dey: Well, isn't he special?

What's the state of Illinois coming to?

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: 1967: What the year of rebellion tells us

We have entered a difficult moment for commemorations of the transformative '60s.

The recently released film "Detroit" by Kathryn Bigelow powerfully pushes the question of commemorating the 1960s black urban rebellions into public consciousness.

Dan Corkery: UI needs to erase its party-school image

Illinois made a dramatic fall in national rankings last week.

And that's good news.

According to the Princeton Review's annual list of top party schools, the University of Illinois dropped to No. 14 this year — 11 spots worse (better?) than last year's No. 3.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Will Rauner's changes sabotage S.B. 1?


The education-funding reform bill that passed the House and Senate in May and was finally sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk in July was the product of four years of research, endless listening tours and lots of hard bargaining.

George Will: The GOP's Southern Gothic page-turner

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern Gothic is a literary genre and, occasionally, a political style that, like the genre, blends strangeness and irony. Consider the current primary campaign to pick the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. It illuminates, however, not a regional peculiarity but a national perversity, that of the Republican Party.

Austin Berg: Could this court be future of criminal justice?


Kid steals something. Kid gets arrested. Kid goes to court. Kid goes to jail. That's a typical storyboard when it comes to criminal justice.

Notice anything missing? The victim.

Gene Budig and Alan Heaps: Change is a must in higher education


And the beat goes on.

In a survey of 10 four-year college and university presidents from across America, all but one is certain that new students for 2017-18 will have a lot of things up their sleeves.

Jim Dey: Schock's defense is taking offense at feds' questions

Is he? Or isn't he?

Inquiring minds at the U.S. attorney's office in Springfield and the FBI wanted to know the answer to the following question: Is former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria a homosexual?

Jim Dey: Watchdog follows money, irritates powerful

Hear more from Dey Thursday at 10 on WDWS.

Adam Andrzejewski is on a roll.

A self-appointed watchdog of how taxpayer dollars are spent, he recently reported some stunning facts that are making him enemies in high places.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: S.B. 1 political plan in place, but no solution


During the lead-up to the recent special legislative session over the state budget and a tax hike, Gov. Bruce Rauner's staff studied whether their boss had the power to force legislators to attend the sessions.