Jim Dey

Dey: State senator's lawsuit alleges facts that are in serious dispute

Call it the cycle of political warfare Illinois-style — fussing turns into feuding turns into fighting.

Before you know it, a meeting with a group of Girl Scouts has degenerated into a federal lawsuit that includes disputed facts and ugly claims about “tyranny” forced upon the beleaguered people of Illinois.


Dey: State senator’s lawsuit alleges facts that are in serious dispute

Call it the cycle of political warfare Illinois-style — fussing turns into feuding turns into fighting.

Before you know it, a meeting with a group of Girl Scouts has degenerated into a federal lawsuit that includes disputed facts and ugly claims about “tyranny” forced upon the beleaguered people of Illinois.


Dey: Lucky defendant won’t push his luck any further

The longer Eddie S. Ramirez extended his tour through the federal and state criminal justice system, the shorter his prison sentence got.


Convicted drug dealer can't be retried

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday ordered the formal release of convicted Paxton drug dealer Eddi “Migo” Ramirez and barred prosecutors from trying to retry him.

Ramirez’s court-appointed trial lawyer, Diana Lenik of Urbana, said the appeals court ordered that Ramirez be released immediately from the Peoria County jail.


A life remembered: Joe Brown was a man of service

After stepping down as sheriff of Champaign County in 1990, Joe Brown quickly got bored and went back to work.

Mr. Brown kept on working until shortly before his death Monday. In his role of public guardian for Champaign County, he recently attended a hearing at the county courthouse carrying an oxygen tank and getting around in a wheelchair pushed by his wife.


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