WASHINGTON — The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term's most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors have to criminalize politics.
Last week, the United Kingdom made history when its citizens voted to leave the European Union. This move is colloquially known as Brexit.
What do you, as a non-Anglo, need to know about the Brexit? Today, we tackle the hard questions.
Why do they call it a Brexit?
Because it is a well-known fact that the media cannot resist a portmanteau.
I'm a cemetery junkie. I find it hard to drive by one of those tiny old graveyards carved from surrounding crop land without stopping, and I can spend hours better invested in temporal pursuits just wandering in search of interesting dates or telling epitaphs.
The passage of a temporary state budget and a full-year spending plan for K-12 schools wasn't much of a win, but Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan couldn't resist taking a victory lap anyway.
"See that little stream? We could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it — a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender Is the Night"
In a June 21 editorial in the Chicago Tribune, Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined a long overdue Plan B for resolving the state budget impasse.
If this was a television drama, oral arguments would start at "High Noon" on Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Gary Cooper would carry his briefcase into court and face off against Frank Miller. They'd argue for a little while and then Cooper would fill the nefarious Miller full of lead. Case closed.
Editor's Note: Scott Reeder originally wrote this column seven years ago. But in the wake of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre, we believe it remains as relevant today.
SPRINGFIELD — I took my 3-year-old daughter, Grace, fishing the other day.
The smart money contends the legal case of Sharon Price et al vs. Philip Morris is finally over. It's claimed the same thing before and been wrong.
But after 16 years of litigation, what more is there to say?