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  • Schermerhorn: Parents, be present for the holidays

    During the holidays, of all times, being consciously present is vital to you and your family.We go t ...
    Dec. 20, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Puttin’ on the Ritz at the movies

    Recently my wife and I went to the movies, and I was not prepared for what I experienced. Don’t get me wrong; it had nothing to do with any problems o ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 11:37 pm
  • Hunt: Torture report recalls CIA's past for two veterans

    WASHINGTON – Two wise veterans of America’s national security wars were of mixed mind after the release last week of the Senate Intelligence Committee ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Why are Illinois taxpayers subsidizing team owners?

    SPRINGFIELD – It appears Gov. Pat Quinn cleared the way for his 30-year-old campaign aide, Lou Bertuca, to start drawing a $160,000-year taxpayer-fund ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:28 pm
  • Thomas: Gov. Mike Pence: National government is not the nation

    INDIANAPOLIS – If success at the state level were enough to recommend someone for president of the United States, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana would be ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: TV singing show fosters diva delusions

    It’s safe to say that I will never be named a winner of “The Voice.”But that hasn’t stopped me from ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • Miller: Topinka treated others like old friends

    As you already know, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away last week.Topinka had a stroke the mo ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 11:17 pm
  • Ponga: Protecting School District 46's integrity

    At Prairie Grove School District 46, I am the board of education president, but this column represents only me as an individual and not the board as a ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Althoff: FOIA bill will improve government transparency

    In response to recent emails and phone calls I have received regarding my “yes” vote on HB 3796, I would like to explain why this legislation will, in ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Why release a report on the CIA in wartime?

    What good purpose is served by releasing a report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques while we are still at war with an enemy whose techniques in ...
    Dec. 14, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Sullivan: Options & Advocacy celebrates 20 years

    In December 1994, a small group of people who care about children and adults with developmental disabilities came together and created Options & Advoc ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Conversations with a Plantis Indoorimus

    I do not have a green thumb. It is pretty much the normal flesh color. As for the figurative gardener’s green thumb, mine would translate to a somewha ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Hunt: Young voters don't care about Hillary Clinton's age

    Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run for president, would be among the oldest contenders for the office.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: In dryer wars, you never leave a sock behind

    It is a known, fully reported fact that clothes dryers somehow consume socks, and unless you are very mindful, pairs of socks will become singles, nev ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 12:27 am
  • Ponnuru: Jeb Bush's biggest problem for 2016? Economics

    Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council last week if he runs for president in 2016, he’ll avoid courting ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 5:30 am
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