Jim Dey: State high court ruling in gun case may affect local case

A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision has struck down as unconstitutional a portion of the state's law that criminalizes gun possession.

Jim Nowlan: When Illinois skipped higher ed

This may be the year, unprecedented, that Illinois simply skips funding for its colleges and universities as well as for students on state scholarships. As a broken-down professor, I hope I am wrong, as the consequences will be severe.

Yet there is little outcry. Higher education is, I fear, out of favor.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: It's time to move beyond comfort zones

W.E.B. Du Bois once commented he had spent most of his life fighting to get blacks on board the train called America. He further observed he had been so preoccupied with getting blacks incorporated into the dominant society that he never asked where the train was going.

Kacich: Champaign the much bigger brother

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John Foreman: More free speech, not less

Now that we're pondering a new year, let's consider a resolution for the good folks at our big university.

Why not follow suit with your brothers and sisters at Purdue and Wisconsin by formally embracing the "Chicago principles" assuring full freedom of speech at the academy? If nothing else, it just might save you some grief in 2016.

George Will: Before government became reviled

WASHINGTON — Soon, voters will have the opportunity and impertinence to insert themselves into the 2016 presidential conversation that thus far has been the preoccupation of journalists and other abnormal people. The voting will begin in Iowa, thanks to Marie Jahn.

George Will: Year's worth of overreach

WASHINGTON — E.B. White reportedly said "the most beautiful sound in America" is "the tinkle of ice at twilight." In 2015's twilight, fortify yourself with something 90 proof as you remember this year in which:

Jim Nowlan: Illinois' place in Georgia

The Illinois onument at the Kennesaw Mountain Civil War battlefield north of Atlanta is a rather nondescript vertical block of marble.

Dan Corkery: And in this corner, a heavyweight from Arkansas ...

About two years ago, we stopped running Gene Lyons' column. At the time, we were subscribing to several political columnists, while publishing only a handful of them.

In a fit of frugality, I dropped Lyons' column. No point in buying a gallon when a pint will do.

George Will: Creationists of the secular kind

WASHINGTON — Presidential campaigns inflate expectations that power wielded from government's pinnacle will invigorate the nation. Thus campaigns demonstrate that creationists threaten the creative ferment that produces social improvement. Not religious creationists, who are mistaken but inconsequential. It is secular creationists whose social costs are steep.