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Jim Dey: Ex-UI official under fire in California

Five years ago, Katehi, the 62-year-old chancellor of the 35,000-student University of California-Davis, was buffeted by criticism after campus police used pepper spray to break up a student protest and sit-in.

Jim Nowlan: Money's ever-expanding role in politics

Surface results from the March 15 primary election are in: Gov. Bruce Rauner can apparently neither protect those who support him nor punish those who oppose him, while House Speaker Mike Madigan and his union allies can do both.

Jim Dey: Court rules in close encounter of roadblock kind

It was about 2 a.m. in December 2011 when Jacob Timmsen, who was driving from Iowa to Illinois on U.S. 136 in Hancock County, saw something that he didn't like — an Illinois State Police roadblock dead ahead.

Dan Corkery: Does yesterday's hero haunt today's Europe?

Until this past week, I had never seen these characters.

To the right are Tintin and his dog, Snowy, protagonists in a series of comic albums by Belgian Georges Remi. "The Adventures of Tintin" — published from 1929 into the 1970s — have been so popular that they have been translated into 70 languages and sold more than 200 million copies.

George Will: Why the future will disappoint

WASHINGTON — Presidential campaigns incite both hypochondria and euphoria, portraying the present as grimmer than it is and the future as grander than it can be. As an antidote to both, read a rarity, an academic's thick book (762 pages) widely recognized as relevant to America's current discontents.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Sharp contrast in national anthems

About a decade ago, my youngest daughter took my partner, some friends from South Africa and me to Stone Mountain Park. We composed part of a small contingent of African, Latino/as and Asian-Americans attending the state park that day. Knowing the history of the place, I was skeptical. However, the laser light show was outstanding and things seemed pleasant enough, initially.

George Will: Auto industry redefined

DEARBORN, Mich. — If Mark Fields' theory is correct, his industry faces novel challenges. His theory about the changing role of driving in Americans' lives is one reason Ford Motor Co. now describes itself as an "automotive and mobility company."

Jim Dey: More questions than answers

Round II of Quincy's Trial of the Century is scheduled to begin July 25, when former University of Illinois football star Curt Lovelace faces a second trial for the alleged 2006 murder of his wife, Cory Lovelace.

Lovelace's first trial, which lasted two weeks, ended in a mistrial Feb. 5 after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

Jim Dey: Dems determined to tie Trump around GOP's neck

Gov. Bruce Rauner made some big news Monday.

Did he announce a budget deal with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, bringing an end to a nine-month-old fiscal standoff?

Did he disclose some progress on a proposed rewrite of the state's K-12 public-school funding formula?

Jim Nowlan: Programs replacing Dad?

Ever since I moved back to my rural hometown in central Illinois a few years ago, I have fretted about rural white poverty.

I think I see it at the local convenience store where disturbing numbers of scruffy, bearded young men pick up their beer and roar away in beat-up pickups. But that could just be generational distaste for new styles.