The MJS: I'm great award

I'M GREAT AWARD: Kyrie Irving

Jim Dey: Free speech: It's not a hard concept

Hear more from Dey Tuesday at 10 on WDWS.

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

Dan Corkery: Emerald ash borer a long-term invader

Last month, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared five species of North American ash trees "critically endangered" — just one step from extinct — because of the emerald ash borer.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Abortion bill complicates GOP election politics


Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign fund transferred $4.45 million to the Illinois Republican Party to bankroll a new effort to focus voters' attention on House Speaker Michael Madigan.

George Will: Trump spinning in a widening vortex

WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump's poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Victim blaming in Charlottesville

Victim blaming — making the victim responsible for the harm they experienced — plunged to the deepest depths of the abyss when on Aug. 9, a Charlottesville, Va., judge issued an arrest warrant for DeAndre Harris, a black schoolteacher who was beaten nearly to death by a group of white supremacists.

Jim Dey: Case has defense lawyer on hot seat

It's standard operating procedure for one lawyer to stand before a jury in a criminal trial and tell jurors the evidence demonstrates the defendant's guilt.

Jim Dey: How the mighty have fallen — and could fall further

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was ecstatic as he marveled at his good fortune in securing what was widely perceived as a recruiting triumph.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Illinois House members scramble for the exits


If it seems to you that more legislators are announcing their retirements than in the past, you're right, at least about the House.

With last week's retirement announcement by Rep. David Harris, R-Arlington Heights, a total of 24 House members have either resigned or announced that they weren't running for re-election.

Austin Berg: Turning the tables on taxpayers


This might be difficult to believe, but something smells fishy in Illinois politics.

A fresh odor is rising from the 118th House District.

Until recently, state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, represented constituents living within Illinois' southernmost district. He first took office in 2003.