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  • Reeder: State's future depends on Supreme Court ruling

    SPRINGFIELD – A Sangamon County judge snapped the first buckle on the state’s straightjacket last week.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 11:52 pm
  • Thomas: How about putting Americans first?

    Addressing the nation last Thursday, President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Want to be happy? Count your blessings

    In this fast-paced world, sometimes it’s hard to take a few moments to reflect on the good things around us. Often, the good gets lost in our blur of ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 9:57 am
  • Petri: Can we save Cliff Huxtable from Bill Cosby?

    Bill Cosby is over, for now. The Cosby Netflix special is postponed. The NBC Cosby-helmed show, slated for fall of next year, has been canceled.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: GOP leaders lining up for Rauner jobs

    Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield “parlor” games (which are usually not played in parlors, but in t ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:36 am
  • Guest View: Requiem for a McHenry County Democrat

    I read with great interest the “Our View” in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 9, a few days after the recent election.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Teaching hate

    “You’ve got to be taught to hate...” (Oscar Hammerstein, “South Pacific”)The murder on Tuesday of fi ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Schaumburg: Open your wallet for public documents

    State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is working hard to get the state’s minimum wage increased during this fall’s veto session in Spring ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 12:16 am
  • Guest View: County Board grant revote was pandering at its worst

    The Affordable Care Act has many issues troubling citizens and local governments throughout the country.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 12:19 am
  • Penkava: Of comets and ‘Gilmore Girls’

    What were you doing on Tuesday, March 2, 2004? The only thing I can recall from back then was watching “Gilmore Girls” on Tuesday nights with my wife. ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • Hunt: Coming Obamacare battle has risk for all sides

    WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans profess to search for common ground, both sides are lobbing grenades: the preside ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Too cold, too soon, too long

    It was the day after Veterans Day, Nov. 12, when I broke out the winter coat. Egad.The temperature w ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:19 pm
  • Guest View: Casciaro family questions unfair to innocent man

    Pete DePierro, who worked in the butcher’s department, was the last person to see Brian Carrick alive at the store. He was clear he saw Carrick argue ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: More sportsmanship needed in politics

    SPRINGFIELD – I recently watched my 9-year-old daughter, Gracie, shake hands with her opponents after a tough loss on the basketball court.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • Thomas: Unfaithfully executing the law

    President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants, many of whom are the parents of ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
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