A lot of people are talking generically about the criminal-justice bill that legislators recently sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature.
Well, it looks as if we are going to have a high school basketball season after all this school year.
SPRINGFIELD — Jim Heiple was one of the brightest people I’ve ever met who said some of the politically dumbest things I’ve ever heard.
One of the hottest topics in Illinois government in the aftermath of the recent lame-duck legislative session is the massive criminal-justice package that’s thrilled some and outraged others.
At the post office the other day, where all of us in my rural town go to pick up our daily mail, a friend asked: “Why are we so angry, Jim?” By “we,” he didn’t mean him and me, and I could tell, even with his mask on, that he was concerned.
'There was a lot of emotion running through. We went into this knowing that we had four years and there was no guarantee of anything past four years.'
Depending on where one stands, the criminal-justice legislation recently passed by the Illinois General Assembly is either a small down payment on social justice or a sprawling conglomeration of bad ideas that threaten public safely.
One thing I try to get through to not only my own children, but also to other children that I coach or work with personally, is that you cannot take everyone with you.
'Purdue was my first scholarship offer, and I took it right away. Sometimes, I wish I would have waited a little bit just so I could have experienced the recruitment process more.'
Trump will no longer be a handicap to Republicans in the Chicago suburbs and in places like Champaign County, where the once-dominant GOP lost six countywide offices since he became president.
With Congress overriding the president’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act bill on New Year’s Day, now’s a good time to discuss how U.S. presidential vetoes and Illinois gubernatorial vetoes work.
In the last few years, I have given my bookshelves a break by giving away 1,600 books, mostly books of theology and practical ministry. In my most recent purging last fall when I painted my office, I parted company with a couple of books containing wisdom from the Desert Mothers and Fathers …
Two different courts recently reviewed two similar search-and-seizure cases and reached conclusions that show that a small difference in facts can generate big differences in results.
Fights are never over till they’re over. Nonetheless, the half-century political career of one of the most influential politicians in state history has never been in more trouble.
Early last week, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin called a news conference to warn that majority Democrats will try to pass a state income-tax increase during this weekend’s lame-duck session.
During Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building while Congress held a joint session to certify the presidential election, news reports discussed the requests for National Guard forces to try to help restore order.
2020 was a memorable but awful year. COVID-19 ravaged the United States. It infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands. Economic inequality, hunger, racial oppression and imperialism continued to characterize the U.S. empire.