Jim Dey: Few specifics are available on progressive tax amendment

Bob Daiber made some news this week. But first things first.

Who the heck is Bob Daiber?

One of a handful of Democrats seeking his party's gubernatorial nomination, he is, to put it kindly, a dark horse.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench: Beneath the robes are real people

As we bid 2017 farewell and welcome 2018 with anticipation, many people reflect on the past and visualize what they hope to see or accomplish in the year ahead. I would like to do a little reminiscing in today's column in both a lighthearted and serious way.

Jim Dey: Rethink pays off in wrongful-conviction case

It ain't over till it's over.

You can ask Alan Beaman about that, too.

A month ago, it looked like his long legal battle over the civil lawsuit he filed for his wrongful murder conviction was finished, and that he had lost. In fact, his lawyer said as much at the time.

"As a legal matter, we're done," said David Shapiro, a Northwestern University law professor.

Scott Reeder: The vanishing newspaper vending machine

SPRINGFIELD — I love newspapers. And for the past 30 years, I've had a particular infatuation with the newspaper vending machine.

Oh, I know it sounds silly, but I still get a thrill out of seeing my name or photo staring out from behind the glass as I walk down the street. It is one of those non-monetary perks to working in the newspaper business.

Topper Steinman/Voices: We all have a story to tell


Dan Corkery: So what's news this time of year?

For a sizeable portion of America, the week between Christmas and New Year's is a vacation.

Sleep in, eat out, watch football, go bargain hunting. Schools, colleges and universities close. So do many companies.

But not in the news business. We still have pages to fill and websites to update, even if little news is being generated.

George Will: Will court untangle faculty speech code?

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin's Supreme Court can soon right a flagrant wrong stemming from events set in motion in 2014 at Milwaukee's Marquette University by Cheryl Abbate. Although just a graduate student, she already had a precocious aptitude for academic nastiness.

Elizabeth Hess/Left is Right: No Kaepernick means no NFL for me


Over the past 15 Sunday afternoons/Monday nights, I have saved myself roughly 45 hours by not tuning in to watch the Chicago Bears. Fifteen games in, and I have not watched even five minutes of professional football this year.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: The need for class struggle in black community

We in the Breakfast Club adhere to the biblical saying, "steel sharpens steel." Popularized by Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, this phrase means rigorous — but principled — debate. C.L.R. James contends that leaders are important for what they represent, not for who they are.

Tom Kacich: UI stands alone with enrollment increase

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Illinois' more-than-two-year-long budget stalemate, which ended in July this year, clearly took its toll on the state's public higher-education system, enrollment figures show.