Local Columnists

  • Oliver: Charity knows ABCs of helping kids A to Z

    The A to Z Literacy Movement was born in 2009 from a trip to the African country of Zambia.“Africa w ...
    April 15, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Miller: Madigan steps into media spotlight

    A long time ago, I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan why he never golfed at his golf outing fundraisers.
    April 15, 2014 - 12:25 am
  • Schaumburg: Term limits or institutional knowledge? Choice is clear

    There was no shortage of headlines coming out of Springfield last week.Most notably was the news reg ...
    April 13, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • Penkava: A sound investment gone wrong

    There’s something wrong with my ears. At least that’s what my wife told me. “Either you can’t hear,” she observed, “or you just don’t want to hear.”
    April 12, 2014 - 1:08 am
  • Penkava: A sound investment gone wrong

    There’s something wrong with my ears. At least that’s what my wife told me. “Either you can’t hear,” she observed, “or you just don’t want to hear.”
    April 12, 2014 - 1:00 am
  • Peterson: Jackets and robins herald spring's arrival

    Meteorological spring arrived on March 1.Woodstock Willie forecasted six more weeks of winter on Gr ...
    April 10, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • Schermerhorn: Now's time to register children for summer activities

    Registrations are open for most park district activities and camps for the summer.Spots for many of ...
    April 9, 2014 - 5:33 pm
  • Reeder: Education choices are deserved

    SPRINGFIELD – After several weeks of trying to teach my second-grader how to ride a bicycle, I became pretty frustrated.
    April 10, 2014 - 8:44 am
  • Oliver: Let’s throw back that pic from the past

    Photographs are so much more than pixels appearing on screens or printed on paper.Some say they are ...
    April 9, 2014 - 12:15 am
  • Miller: Madigan's agenda sets sights on Rauner

    Worries about low Democratic turnout in an off-year election for an unpopular governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's millions ...
    April 8, 2014 - 11:55 am
  • Lyons: LGMC to celebrate 10th anniversary

    Many journalists aren’t what you’d call “joiners.”We’re skeptics, and group activities make us itchy ...
    April 5, 2014 - 11:11 pm
  • Penkava: Amazing Sea Monkeys come to Wrigley Field

    When I was a kid there used to be a whole page of advertisements on the back cover of Superman comic books. You could buy everything from X-Ray Specs ...
    April 11, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Franks: Better economy a better way forward for Illinois

    In his recent budget address, instead of focusing on streamlining government and reducing the tax burden on hardworking families and Illinois business ...
    April 4, 2014 - 6:29 pm
  • Peterson: So many passwords, so little memory

    It used to be the only secret password you needed to know was “open sesame,” and behind the door was a treasure of untold fortune.
    April 9, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Gov. Quinn: My case for tax reform; Edgar had it right

    In 1997, Republican Gov. Jim Edgar proposed a thoughtful, responsible plan to changetheway Illinois schools are funded by raising the income tax and ...
    April 2, 2014 - 5:27 pm
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