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George Will: Trump: The 'Oh, never mind' president

WASHINGTON — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that "we are palsied by the will of our constituents." In this regard, if in no other, the 45th president resembles the sixth.

Austin Berg: What you should know about taxes

By AUSTIN BERG

Tax Day might be behind us, but Illinoisans have plenty of reasons to worry about their finances.

Here are three things families in the Land of Lincoln need to know about the cut government takes from their pocketbooks.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench: Celebrating the rule of law on May 1

When I was a lad, the first day of May was commonly celebrated as May Day. Children would pick flowers, put them in baskets and secretly deposit the baskets on the front porch of the nice lady who always gave the best Halloween candy. It was also the day the Soviets celebrated themselves by parading missiles and soldiers through Red Square.

Jim Dey: 'Dear Jane': Let's not profess to be quite so naive

Former President Harry Truman believed that writing an angry letter had a cathartic effect.

Sometimes, when he was really boiling, Truman would dash off a note to his foe of the day, telling him in no uncertain terms just what he thought.

Jim Dey: Schock's lawyers want all charges tossed

A day after federal prosecutors blithely dismissed misconduct allegations by an indicted former congressman, lawyers for Aaron Schock filed legal papers asking that the 22-count indictment against their client be dismissed because it is constitutionally and legally flawed.

Tom Kacich: Nursing home's projected 'broke' point is near

Hear more from Kacich Thursday at 7:40 on WDWS.

They're only cash-flow projections, Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch cautions, but they're all that county officials have to work off of right now.

Jim Dey: What to make of 'motions in limine'

The defense says it doesn't want the prosecution to use unspecified unflattering information about a man charged with murder in an upcoming trial.

The prosecution replies that it has no intention of using it, except perhaps in rebuttal after presenting its case-in-chief.

Scott Reeder: With death penalty, justice must be balanced with mercy

SPRINGFIELD — "These are halls of justice — not mercy," the prosecutor bellowed before the jury as I wiggled uncomfortably in the back of the courtroom, notebook in hand.

I was fresh out of college and covering courts in Texas when I first wrestled with the notion of justice vs. mercy.

George Will: A case for preventing kids' scraped knees

WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the transportation of parochial school pupils to classes — but not on field trips.

Jim Dey: As tax day draws near, numbers tell real story

With income-tax filing day arriving on Tuesday, it's a sure bet there are many procrastinators today sweating bullets over completing this distasteful annual obligation.