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Jim Dey: Officer questions lack of support for warrant

Investigators are keeping a lid on the details surrounding the apparent murder of a 57-year-old Tolono man whose body was found in Clark County on May 5.

Jim Dey: Hey buddy, First Amendment says I can hit you up

What does going to church in Gilbert, Ariz., have to do with individuals hitting strangers up for money in downtown Springfield's historic district, where thousands of people each year visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library?

Prior to June 2015, nothing. After that date, everything.

Here's why.

Jim Nowlan: 'Why so tough on Rauner?'

Several readers have asked of me, in effect, "Why are you so tough on Rauner?"

The readers appear to think House Speaker Mike Madigan is solely to blame for our shameful budget impasse.

I consolidate below several observations made in several of my columns over the past year.

Jim Dey: We don't need no stinkin' free speech

Members of the faculty senate at the University of Minnesota ventured onto dangerous ground a couple weeks ago and then quickly skittered back to safety.

They were considering endorsing the concept of free speech on their campus and, among other things, denouncing efforts by protesters to shout down speakers.

George Will: Due process is being kicked off campus

WASHINGTON — Academia's descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually assaulted and that campuses require minute federal supervision to cure this.

John Foreman: Ben, I think your republic is letting us down

Dear Dr. Franklin:

I hope you won't find me presumptuous in writing to you, but I thought someone needed to let you know what's happening. And, to be honest, I've always assumed you and I would be able to talk, one scurrilous old newspaperman to another, so to speak.

Dan Corkery: Taking a moment to stop and smell the ... tulips

The first time I visited Bruges, Belgium, I felt a new emotion: homesickness.

The year was 1970 and I was 12 years old. A member of the Moline Boys Choir, I was on the adventure of a lifetime: Paris (we got lost in the subway), Orleans, France, (who could forget St. Joan of Arc?) and then Belgium, the centerpiece of our two-week trip.

George Will: Amtrak helps government ride off the rails

WASHINGTON — In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate. Dismayed, he permanently enriched American slang by exclaiming: "This is a helluva way to run a railroad!"

Jim Dey: Former UI official's woes keep getting worse

The tenure of former University of Illinois Provost Linda Katehi as the chancellor at the University of California-Davis has grown ever more shaky.

Jim Nowlan: Reflections from crumbling Cuba

I just returned from two weeks in Cuba, and offer a few reflections from the land of Fidelismo.

Individual travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still technically prohibited, though American educational and professional groups may visit the island nation. Soon, I predict, American travel restrictions will be lifted, which will overwhelm the already strained hospitality resources of Cuba.