Jim Dey: 'Fair share' case poses threat to public-employee unions

If unionized state employees are feeling beleaguered these days, it's easy to understand why.

In an effort to stave off an unpalatable contract proposal, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees recently voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.

Scott Reeder: Rauner unlikely to budge in union fight

SPRINGFIELD — Last week, when I heard that members of state government's largest union voted to authorize a strike, I just shook my head and wondered, "What are they thinking?"

Many state workers view this as necessary saber rattling so their union bosses can continue to pressure the governor.

Good luck on that. I don't see Gov. Bruce Rauner bending one iota.

Tom Kacich: Of Shimkus, Marlin, Bradfield and Urbana voters

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Last week in a telephone conference call with reporters, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus said he doesn't do town hall meetings and never has.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: These are indeed trying times in America

It's "Harder Now," the title of the great soul artist Wilson Pickett's 1999 comeback album, characterizes my faith or lack thereof in non-African descendant people these days. It's harder now to watch, listen and read the news. It's never been easy to talk with white people, even progressives and radicals, but it's harder now.

Jim Dey: Thinking ahead, Ammons endorses Prussing

A cigar is a cigar, but sometimes there's more to an endorsement more than just an endorsement.

So light one up and look behind the curtain of Urbana's mayoral race.

George Will: Big government is ever growing

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America's population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers).

Dan Corkery: The high cost of collegiate ice hockey

Brother, can you spare $100 million?

That's how much the University of Illinois would need tp start men's and women's NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Illinois, according to Kent Brown, Illini sports information director.

Tom Kacich: Finding Rodney Davis

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Last week was a "district work period" for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, was free to spend time not in Washington, D.C., but in central Illinois.

John Foreman: I just don't understand

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Sometimes, I think the more I know, the less I understand.

George Will: An adult voice amid pandemic childishness

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Va., acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s.