Jim Dey: Pension case pits irresistible force vs. immovable object

Two weeks ago, the Illinois Supreme Court appeared to drive a stake through the state's fiscal heart by ruling that health insurance benefits for retired public employees are pension-based and cannot be modified to save money.

Jim Dey: Court ruling puts Illinois at dilemma's door

Nearly 40 years ago, then-President Gerald Ford made headlines when he announced the federal government would not bail New York City out of its desperate financial woes.

But one particular front-page headline was credited with costing Ford New York state's electoral votes in his extremely close 1976 race against Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Dan Corkery: Time to vent over re-engineered gasoline cans

I'm ready to kick the can.

Not as in "down the road," but "to the landfill."

If you have not purchased a new gasoline can in the last five years, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. I know I was.

Jim Dey: Ongoing battle

In politics, there are winners and losers. The winners maintain or expand their turf while the losers cede ground.

That's why the debate over the future of Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has devolved into a fight that has as much or more to do with who runs it than about how well the library operates.

Poll shows governor's race could go either way

"Illinois is still a competitive state that leans Democratic in statewide elections," declares John Jackson, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, based on a statewide survey he conducted recently.

The court's indispensable role

WASHINGTON — Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court's term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today's progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism's achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures social strife and can do so in ways politically useful to progressives.

For July, kids should be kids

CHICAGO — We're deep into my family's unprecedented "Summer of Lethargy.''

Jim Dey: Time to make hard decisions on new school

With more questions than answers about a proposed tax hike to pay for school construction, Champaign schools Superintendent Judy Wiegand sometimes finds herself at a loss for words.

"I wish I could say more. But so much is up in the air right now," she said.

Dan Corkery: Readers share wisdom

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some of my late mother's proverbs, which she would inevitably utter whenever life would confound my brothers and me.

Jim Dey: Cullerton optimistic, but sees challenges

Arguing that Illinois is in better shape than some might think, Senate President John Cullerton paid a visit to Champaign-Urbana Wednesday, touting what he calls positive changes and predicting progress will continue.

"I'm more optimistic," he said. "I look at (the glass) as half full," not half empty.