Jim Dey: Madigan vs. Madigan

Mike Madigan is causing big problems for Mike Madigan.

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Michael Madigan is a campaign drag on Michael Madigan.

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Jim Nowlan: Special interests' real role

The nearly 2,000 interest groups and individuals registered to lobby in our state exert powerful influence in their respective narrow, special scope of interest, but rarely do they concern themselves with the state's general long-term interests.

The National Rifle Association doesn't get involved in housing issues, and the Realtors don't weigh in on protecting access to AK-47 rifles.

George Will: IRS commissioner merits impeachment

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen's many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public.

Jim Dey: AFSCME/Rauner contract talks on hold

Both labor and management were hoping that an administrative law judge would bring clarity to adjourned labor talks between Gov. Bruce Rauner and a union representing 38,000 state employees.

David Bernthal: Jury duty is an honor, not an inconvenience

"Guard duty is an honor!" I remember hearing those words from a drill instructor while a basic trainee at Fort Knox, Ky.

Dan Corkery: Why wait in line if you're not the bad guy?

Sheldon Jacobson thinks most air travelers should not have to wait in long security lines.

Screening all passengers, their carry-ons, shoes and coats is time-consuming and expensive.

And it isn't making flying safer.

George Will: Ohio would be wise to re-elect senator

TERRACE PARK, Ohio — Sen. Rob Portman probably will win a second term, despite the fact that he deserves to. The swarm of young people who gathered on a Saturday morning in this Cincinnati suburb to feast on doughnuts and his gratitude are among the 5,000 volunteer interns, including students from 35 campuses, who have made 3.5 million voter contacts.

Jim Dey: Oh, rats! Appeals court case is sign of times

This is a story about a rat and a cat, but not one dreamed up by Dr. Seuss.

It's about a Wisconsin-based labor dispute in which angry union members targeted a Grand Chute, Wis., business over its decision to hire nonunion labor.

Jim Nowlan: Whither Illinois higher ed?

How, if at all, does Illinois budget dysfunction and uncertainty affect major state institutions? I took a look at my alma mater, the University of Illinois.

With 80,000 students on three campuses, a $5.6 billion budget, 25,000 employees and 750,000 alumni, the UI is a big deal.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Kaepernick stands tall while protesting

On Feb. 1, 1960, four college students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro took a stand against apartheid and launched a new wave in the civil rights movement. By sitting down at a Woolworth department store, the Greensboro 4 lit a fuse that quickly burned across the South.