Capitol Fax | Harold's campaign strategy makes sense

"I'll be a check on the Pritzker-Madigan agenda," Republican attorney general candidate Erika Harold says in her latest TV ad about Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner J.B. Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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.

Brett Rowland | Deal Illinois in on sports betting, but prepare for diminishing returns


Lawmakers prepared to allow sports gambling in Illinois shouldn't be expecting a jackpot that will solve the state's fiscal crisis.

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.

Jim Dey | I've got a feeling ... about new litmus tests

The University of Michigan, target of a federal lawsuit challenging its speech code, laid its cards on the table when it came to encouraging students to report any instance of "bias" on campus.

"... the most important indication of bias is your own feelings," the code stated.