Dey: 'Madigan' producer says film gives pol a fair shake

If word-of-mouth spreads interest in a movie, word-of-mouth about a documentary on Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan is generating a buzz that will help build an audience.

George Will: What a deep port would do

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Technology has put powerful computers in billions of pockets, but an invention much more mundane than the smartphone — the shipping container: a rectangular steel box — also has changed the world.

Kacich: Area's races no contest

Question for Tom? Ask 'em here

Voters in East Central Illinois had the potential for up to 11 legislative races this fall — four for the Illinois Senate and seven for the Illinois House — but instead there are only three contested races on the ballot.

Jim Dey: Reel talk about Madigan

Music for the trailer comes in short, staccato bursts as the documentary film provides an aerial view of Chicago in the midst of a frozen winter.

The chilled scene and ominous music create apprehension about the horror story about to unfold.

Jim Nowlan: 'Nuclear option' for reform

In the wake of the recent embarrassingly political, 4-3 partisan decision by the Illinois Supreme Court Democratic majority to reject a proposed voter initiative to reduce legislative district gerrymandering, savvy political observer Rich Miller has suggested the "nuclear option" of a voter initiative that would simply abolish the Illinois House altogether.

Jim Dey: Murders undergo 3rd degree in race for prosecutor

The gloves have come off in the race for the state's attorney in Champaign County, where three-term incumbent Democrat Julia Rietz seeks to fend off a challenge from Republican Assistant Public Defender George Vargas.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Socially sanctioned anti-black violence

In every era, the dominant forms of antiblack racial violence are socially sanctioned.

George Will: This year's most consequential Senate race

GLENOLDEN, Pa. — From Erie in the west to Scranton in the east, Pennsylvania is flecked with casualties the stubborn economic sluggishness and relentless globalization have inflicted on industrial communities. But in this middle-class Philadelphia suburb, Tom Danzi knows that the economy is denting even his business repairing damaged cars.

Dan Corkery: Despite variable forecasts, wet days ahead

If you ask long-range weather forecasters whether it will be a boy or a girl, you might get a third answer: neither.

Over the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and NASA have announced that the predicted La Niña climate phenomenon probably won't happen later this year, meaning a "neutral" winter for North America.

George Will: Putin's post-factual politics

"In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. ... Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building. ... For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes."

— George Orwell, "1984"