Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Encounter offers insight into problems with policing

Recently, Belden Fields and I discussed policing for "CU Progressive News" on WEFT and UPTV. An emeritus professor of political science, the vibrant octogenarian has combined scholarship and activism for over a half century. During our conversation, my former professor, friend, mentor and comrade recounted Myron Scruggs' encounter with Champaign police.

George Will: Trump defending the Constitution? Pure fantasy

WASHINGTON — Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of "the court." This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme Court nominations. Well.

Jim Dey: Tight schedule requires quick ruling on amendment

With their backs pressed firmly against the wall, advocates of a proposed state constitutional amendment to end legislative gerrymandering in Illinois are fighting a two-front war to keep their campaign alive.

One is in the court of public opinion, driven by televised commercials and published newspaper commentaries written by prominent backers.

Jim Dey: DUI law change common sense

A drug law reform bill signed last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner does more than decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

In a move long overdue, the legislation also establishes a new standard to determine if motorists who have consumed the illegal drug should be charged with driving under the influence.

Jim Dey: UI can't shake fired prof's lawsuit

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Tom Kacich: Gill faces uphill climb with lawsuit to get on ballot

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A federal lawsuit filed Monday by independent congressional candidate Dr. David Gill, seeking to get his name on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, may be a heavy lift, according to an elections law expert at the University of Illinois.

Jim Dey: Driveway dispute takes a turn

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A University of Illinois physician who was ordered to pay $242,400 in damages for parking his car in his Urbana neighbor’s driveway for 12 years has won a huge legal victory.

Jim Nowlan: Open enrollment for schools

My friend Jennie is an attorney and mother of a youngster entering elementary school this fall. Jennie and her husband live in a central Illinois city, but Jennie travels 30 miles each day to her law office in another town.

Dan Corkery: Sharing your opinions -- in person and in print

One of our readers had a question last week.

"How do you decide which letter goes in that gray box?" he said, while pointing to our daily editorial page.

Good question.

The short answer is, I have no specific criteria.

George Will: How entangled with Russia is Trump?

WASHINGTON — To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump's Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would have boiled from the likes of Newt Gingrich, that Metternich of many green rooms, if Hillary Clinton had offhandedly undermined the collective security architecture of U.S. foreign policy since NATO was created in 1949.