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Jim Dey: It's a legal victory for Prussing, but fight is not over

It's game, set and match for Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing.

In exacting a favorable legal settlement from the spouse of a longtime foe, Urbana's leading "Mean Girl" has demonstrated once again why those who take her on had better be prepared for the scrum to come. She takes no prisoners.

Pension woes signal high taxes, limited services

In a recent decision, the Illinois Supreme Court threw a possible monkey wrench into plans by the state of Illinois to reduce pension benefits for state workers and retirees, increase state payments for pensions from what they had been, and stabilize the worst-funded state pensions in the nation.

Dan Corkery: Ruminating on the evolution of life

You could say that the late Carl Woese's "Newton's apple" came from a fistulated cow on the South Farms.


One of the University of Illinois' most celebrated scientists discovered the third domain of life — archaea (ar-KEY-ah) — while analyzing the genetic code of a microorganism that lives inside a cow's rumen, the largest of the animal's four-compartment stomach.

Jim Dey: News cameras slowly appearing in Illinois courts

The tense, but businesslike, calm of the courtroom was shattered the moment Associate Judge Richard Klaus ordered a 42-month prison sentence for a defendant convicted of reckless homicide.

"Don't you know the man had an accident?" screamed the defendant's son, spewing insults and obscenities in Klaus' direction.

Dan Corkery: Bridge to a new destination, and some fuel for thought

Late last month, I promised we would make more changes to our weather, comics, puzzle and stocks pages.

Over the last three weeks, we have done so. And no doubt, regular readers have noticed.

As a summary, here's what we've tweaked since we slimmed down our pages on June 19:

Weather: We restored the daily weather maps, along with national and world temperatures.

Hispanic women flock to the movie theater

CHICAGO — My family attended the first morning screening of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which won last weekend's box office with a $73 million debut.

According to Lucas Shaw's recent article "Hispanic Women Are This Summer's Most Avid Moviegoers" on the entertainment news site TheWrap, we are propping up the movie industry.

What $3.7 billion could do for Chicago

CHICAGO — It is hard not to wonder what kind of impact $3.7 billion — the amount President Barack Obama has requested to deal with the child migrant border crisis — might have on the traumatized children of Chicago's South Side.

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.