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Jim Dey: Criticism from all corners

Resistance is futile, but that didn’t stop news columnists and editorial writers from expressing outrage over last week’s Illinois Supreme Court decision striking the anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment from the fall ballot.

Jim Nowlan: Rauner breaking the mold

This is the second in a series about "politics and policy-making in Illinois."

In his biography of Illinois governors titled "Mostly Good and Competent Men," the late Chicago Tribune reporter Bob Howard concluded that the 40 to hold the office thus far have been, with a few notable exceptions, OK but not remarkable, certainly no visionaries among them.

Dan Corkery: Some punctuation marks just aren't my type

Brackets — punctuation, not March Madness — are a peculiar beast.

For the 40-some years I have been typing and writing, I've never used brackets.

Until recently, I don't recall even noticing them — marks so rarely used, they didn't leave a mark on my memory.

Now that I edit text from a wide variety of writers, I see them often. And that puzzles me.

Tom Kacich: Trump gaining ground on Clinton in area fundraising

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Donald Trump is gaining on Hillary Clinton.

That is, the Republican presidential nominee is catching up in terms of fundraising among residents of East Central Illinois, although he has a very long way to go.

Jim Nowlan: Fractured state of Illinois

This is the first in a series of eight essays about politics and policy-making in Illinois, which will run between now and the November election, interspersed here and there with a few columns on timely topics.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: 150 years of data on police violence

Race riots or pogroms (organized racial cleansing) have a long history in the U.S. They can be traced back to the so-called Cincinnati race riots of 1829. However, the definitive trigger incident characterizing anti-black racial pogroms and later black rebellions did not emerge until after emancipation.

Dan Corkery: Playing hide and seek with public documents

Funny how government officials react to laws.

When issued subpoenas, officials — whether they are elected, appointed or civil service — comply.

But when confronted with a request under the Freedom of Information Act, some officials balk.

Do I have to?

If public officials are sworn to uphold the law, why is FOIA a law they try to challenge?

Jim Nowlan: Angry white males redux

I received some flak, though less than I expected, over my recent column about angry white males. In that piece, I expressed support for strikes by service workers, as among tools that might increase compensation for those in the lower and middle classes.

Jim Dey: Katehi last victim of pepper spray fiasco

The bigger they are, the softer they land.

So don't worry about University of California-Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who was formally ousted from her prestigious job last week after wearing out her welcome on campus.

Dan Corkery: This won't hurt a bit ... the check's in the mail

Last Tuesday, I had a root canal.

And that was the least painful part.

Before leaving the endodontist's office, I stopped at the receptionist's desk to make my next appointment.

And to pay up.

"$1,100, please."

Yo, doc! My credit card could have used a shot of novocaine, too. (Actually, dentists use articaine.)