Jim Dey: Proposed amendment a grand illusion

Who doesn't have sympathy victims of crime?


Who's for the idea that crime victims should have rights?


Those two political realities are driving a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that virtually everyone will support in the Nov. 4 election.

That's OK. It doesn't do any harm. Of course, it doesn't do any good either.

Esther Cepeda: Independence movement?

CHICAGO — Hispanics contemplating the upcoming elections must be wondering: "What now?"

President Barack Obama has shown Hispanics that he takes us for granted. The midterm elections won't feature a "Latino vote" storyline in the most contested high-level races. As far as 2016 is concerned, it's a crapshoot.

How best to proceed then?

Disengage from the political process?

A new case for term limits

"The legislative department is everywhere ... drawing all power into its impetuous vortex."

— James Madison, Federalist 48

Jim Dey: Sorry, lawyers: This judge won't budge

Lawyers talk a lot about the rule of law, but that's often camouflage for a desire to win — especially with big money at stake.

Jim Dey: Trick question: When is case over?

Here's a brain teaser that comes with a warning — it's a trick question.

When is a court case over? When the Illinois Supreme Court says so? Or not until lawyers on the losing side throw in the towel? Think hard because the answer is worth $10.1 billion.

Cry, you're on hidden camera

WASHINGTON — Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

Close call in Iowa Senate race

URBANDALE, Iowa — The Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as a breakfast appetizer, sells a root beer called Dang!, bandages made to look like bacon strips, and signs that proclaim "I love you more than bacon." For Joni Ernst, however, the apposite sign reads "No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the

Dan Corkery: War memorial, which remains in storage, in need of new home

This story needs an ending, preferably a happy one.

At the moment, its central character — a memorial to those University of Illinois students who fought in World War I and the wars since — is lying in storage.

The happy ending would be a new home.

Jim Dey: Is second 'fair map' plan in our future?

"The effort to end the gerrymandering of state legislative districts is dead to begin with: There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the Illinois State Board of Elections, Circuit Judge Mary Mikva, and the chief mourners — Illinois voters who want a real choice when voting for members of the House and Senate. Term limits are as dead as a doornail."

For Hispanics, strength lies in their diversity

CHICAGO — "Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night," the satirical news site deadpanned earlier this month. "'... I'll never be able to please anybody. ...