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Jim Dey: 'Inclusive language' campaign is nuts

There's no shortage of smug moralists who seek to impose their values — meaning their opinions — on others.

They are determined to make their sensitivities the sensitivities of all. Hence, smoking is not only banned inside campus buildings at some universities but outside as well. Second-hand smoke, you know.

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.