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Dan Corkery: Sense of vindication for retired UI biochemist

If you're eating an egg this morning, feel good about it.

Fred Kummerow, the retired-but-still-working biochemist at the University of Illinois, certainly does. He's been saying for decades that eggs are not a nutritional bogeyman, nor are other foods containing saturated fats and cholesterol.

Now, other scientists are agreeing with him. Sort of.

Taking the joy out of school

CHICAGO — You know public education has jumped the track when you see your own children show an ever-growing distaste for their studies.

It's time for Americans to curb their pessimism

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama's tone of mild exasperation when tutoring the public often makes his pronouncements grating even when they are sensible. As was his recent suggestion that Americans, misled by media, are exaggerating the threat of terrorism.

Jim Dey: Justice's legal foes continue their attack

Fighting over money is sssooooooooo distasteful.

But when $10.1 billion is up for grabs, what are a bunch of cash-mad lawyers to do?

So it is no great surprise that trial lawyers pursuing the Great White Whale of civil judgments are trying — for the third time — to force a judge they consider unfriendly — Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier — off the case.

Jim Dey: Ex-union official goes to court over pension

Former Gov. Pat Quinn and legislators were filled with self-congratulations on Jan. 2, 2012, when Quinn signed a bill designed to block non-government employees from jumping aboard the public pension gravy train.

A Hoosier on the hustings?

WASHINGTON — Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum.

Rauner's State of the State set right tone

Calling for a new partnership in Illinois, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner set a constructive, cooperative, problem-solving tone in his maiden speech last Wednesday to a legislature in which more than three-fifths of the members are Democrats.

Jim Dey: From private sector to public pension

Hear more from Dey Thursday at 9 on WDWS.

Dan Corkery: In the bag

When the snow melts, there will still be white patches dotting the farmland north of Champaign.

What you see are the flimsy plastic bags that once carried merchandise and food from stores along the city's massive retail district on North Prospect Avenue.

Cleaning up someone else's litter is a nuisance most of us are familiar with.

Prediction: Rauner will back tax hikes

As per statutory requirement, the 2011 temporary Illinois individual income tax rate has been rolled back, as of Jan. 1, from 5 percent to 3.75 percent, which Gov. Bruce Rauner espoused emphatically during his 2014 campaign.

Nevertheless, I predict that Rauner will ultimately support increasing taxes during his first year in office in order to craft a balanced state budget.