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.

Jim Dey: Changing map drawing

The day was Tuesday, the subject was the constitutionality of political gerrymandering, the location was the U.S. Supreme Court and the arguments were fierce. Sometimes they went beyond the bounds of law to include an emotional plea for the court to step in.

David Bernthal/Off the Bench: Guiding you through felony case progression

We read and hear about criminal cases on a regular basis. This column attempts to provide some insight regarding the progress of a felony case in federal court. Key terms will be printed with all capital letters for emphasis.

George Will: Detroit home to a get-it-done mayor

DETROIT — With biblical succinctness, and foreshadowing a resurrection, Mike Duggan said, "Let there be light!" and 65,000 LED streetlights replaced the 40 percent of the city's streetlights that were broken when he took office in 2014. They are among the many reasons that on Nov.

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.

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.

Dan Corkery: We want to read about your Vietnam experiences

Last Sunday, I wrote about my reactions to "The Vietnam War," the 18-hour television series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

And I asked readers to share their Vietnam-era experiences.

So far, I've heard from about a half dozen people — in both lengthy and short comments.

Jim Dey: Who was playing whom in college corruption case?

Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach Lamont Evans talked big, when he talked.

One question now is to whom he spoke and what he said, particularly as it relates the University of Illinois men's basketball program and its new head coach, Brad Underwood.

George Will: Free speech and bikini baristas

SEATTLE — Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest's only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, giving new meaning to coffee as a stimulant, have provoked the city council to pass, unanimously, ordinances requiring baristas to be less nearly naked when they work.

Tom Kacich: GOP upset with Rauner, unlikely to replace him

The next 13 months of Illinois politics should be interesting. Republicans now have a man at the top of their 2018 ticket who many of them feel betrayed by, some want off the ticket and others say has been politically weakened.

Sort of the way it was for Illinois Democrats and their gubernatorial nominee in 2014.