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Jim Dey: Spending more than we have

The Springfield sausage-making factory grinds on, laboring mightily and so far producing very little in terms of the political compromise required when power is divided.

So far, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have failed to work out their differences, in the process accentuating their differences.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Even humor is leaving the state of Illinois

By RICH MILLER

The thin-skinned, strong-arm Statehouse partisanship of the past 21/2 years reached out and infected the Illinois Conference of Women Legislators' annual fundraising gala last week.

George Will: Culture thrives when it's all shook up

WASHINGTON — In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis, Tenn., truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song "That's All Right." When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents' radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because the DJ was playing the record repeatedly and wanted to interview the singer immediately.

Jim Dey: This is rich: Kennedy short on cash, clout

It's pretty clear that if Chris Kennedy, heir to the Kennedy family political dynasty, is going to win the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination next March, he has to go over the heads of party bosses and appeal to the rank-and-file.

Dan Corkery: Mom gets a card, but we receive so much more

Today, 113 million greeting cards will be opened (if Hallmark's statistics are accurate). That's a lot; third most, behind Christmas and Valentine's Day.

It's a challenge looking through the Mothers Day cards at the drugstore.

Some are too mawkish or too cliched. Others too inappropriate.

"Our family is beautiful, our home is happy ... all because of you."

David Bernthal/Off the Bench: 'Merit system' and politics ... you be the judge

A previous column dealt with the process by which judicial vacancies are filled. Readers may recall that most judicial positions in the Illinois courts are filled through the electoral process while justices and judges serving under Article III of the United States Constitution are appointed. Today's column deals with a recent high-profile example of the latter.

Jim Dey: UI lobbyist in middle of IDOT hiring scandal

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Feb. 10, 2016, was the best and worst of times for impending University of Illinois employee Lindsay Hansen Anderson.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Kennedy popular but not establishment pick

By RICH MILLER

Illinois has elected just two wealthy people to major statewide office in the last 20 years: Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Both candidates won because they ran as firm, anti-establishment outsiders.

George Will: Who wants to be a billionaire (in 1916)?

WASHINGTON — Having bestowed the presidency on a candidate who described their country as a "hellhole" besieged by multitudes trying to get into it, Americans need an antidote for social hypochondria. Fortunately, one has arrived from Don Boudreaux, an economist at George Mason University's Mercatus Center and proprietor of the indispensable blog Cafe Hayek.

Dan Corkery: A mixture of drugs ushers in 'gray death'

As if heroin and opioid abuse were not bad enough, a new mixture of drugs is showing up in some of America's cities.

Called "gray death," the concoction includes heroin and three synthetic opioids:

— Fentanyl (used for patients in severe pain; 100 times more potent than morphine).