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  • Reeder: Illinois property tax relief desparately needed

    SPRINGFIELD – Like many of you, I received my annual property tax bill in the mail this past week and cringed.
    May 5, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: What? Trump, Clinton debate Randall Road

    Not sure where this came from, but I woke up the other day and imagined Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debating the $97 million Randall Road improve ...
    May 5, 2016 - 12:21 pm
  • Oliver: Preparing for tornadoes should be rite of spring

    Since we live in Illinois, we should be used to the chaotic weather changes that always seem to accompany what we call spring. So it’s not surprising ...
    May 3, 2016 - 11:56 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: After April's 'average' temps, May's look better

    I was left a bit dumbstruck when I checked my inbox Tuesday morning and saw an email with this slug: “Weather was average for April in Illinois.”
    May 3, 2016 - 11:29 pm
  • Miller: How Mah became Illinois' likely first Asian-American legislator

    Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) was never given much of a chance at winning the 2nd House District Democratic primary race on March 15 against a well-known po ...
    May 3, 2016 - 7:40 am
  • Stiemke: More than $77K raised at McHenry County Human Race

    The sixth annual McHenry County Human Race on April 24 was a great example of how individuals in this county care for one another.
    May 3, 2016 - 12:34 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Plenty of options locally for Mother's Day

    I admit to being the kind of person who often forgets dates of special occasions.Not my and my wife’ ...
    May 3, 2016 - 12:23 am
  • Carlson: Cruz picks dream team but can't escape reality

    What a day: On Wednesday, we got to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduce his imaginary friend and vice-presidential pick, Carly Fiorina, to jump-start hi ...
    April 2, 2016 - 7:30 am
  • Bates: Pricing tips for local innovators developing new products

    Developing a new product that will change the world? Congratulations, you innovator, you!Those who h ...
    May 2, 2016 - 12:41 am
  • McCaleb: Stevenson synonymous with McHenry County sports

    “Everyone knows Joe.”Northwest Herald sportswriter Mike DeFabo wrote those words in a Saturday story ...
    May 2, 2016 - 12:39 am
  • Thomas: God and politics (continued)

    LOUISVILLE – Religion and politics again are at the forefront of this year’s presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don ...
    April 1, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Recovery from mental illness is worth the struggle

    I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because I feel good. I feel well. I am living life in recovery.
    May 1, 2016 - 12:11 am
  • Penkava: A Hellenistic painter in a tough scrape

    A lot of husbands hate painting. I love it. Give me a Purdy 2-inch XL angled sash brush and an old, faded exterior wall and I’m your guy.
    April 29, 2016 - 11:46 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: Jack Franks calls Illinois college funding bill a 'dangerous precedent'

    Legislation to release $600 million to Illinois’ colleges and universities sailed through the state House on a 106-2 vote last week. The Senate follow ...
    April 29, 2016 - 12:16 am
  • Marengo-Union chamber plans many events

    This month, the Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce announced its newest program, “Featured Chamber Member of the Month,” which acknowledges and highlig ...
    April 29, 2016 - 12:16 am
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