WASHINGTON — It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that "the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." Nevertheless, many voters' paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public opin
WASHINGTON — This Christmas season a strange white-bearded fellow uttering quack-quack-quack has streaked across the continent, dumping a large sack of something on America's hearth.
"I did not defeat King George III to become King George I." — George Washington
WASHINGTON — This report on the State of Conservatism comes at the end of an annus mirabilis for conservatives. In 2013, they learned that they may have been wasting much time and effort.
I walked recently down the main street of my hometown to the R Bar tavern to try out the new video gaming machines. Not a gambler, I did so for research on this column about why the state of Illinois pushes gambling onto its citizens in such an unseemly way.
CHICAGO — "Aim higher."
This was the message from a wise elder to a diverse roomful of whiz kids who recently gathered in downtown Chicago to network with already successful professionals in their chosen fields.
"I would have pulled my shirt over my head, but my body doesn't look like his."
— Illini basketball coach John Groce, recalling that after the UI's big 65-64 win over Missouri, starting muscle-beach guard Rayvonte Rice pulled his jersey over his head and let out a primal scream.
"Hopefully, they will stick around and find some other eagles in the area."
The days left in 2013 are dwindling down to a precious few. By this time next week, it'll be 2014.
A new year is generally perceived as a hopeful sign. It signals a light at the end of the tunnel, a fresh start — unless, of course, you're either a Cubs fan or a realist.
CHICAGO — Immigration reform is not dead — it's just waiting for lawmakers to drop the politics, strike a compromise and get it done.
WASHINGTON — Federal Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York says documents called "statements of reasons" are an optional way for a judge to express "views that might be of interest." The one he issued two months ago is still reverberating.