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  • Reeder: Illinois struggles while its neighbors prosper

    SPRINGFIELD – For every new job created in Illinois since January 2010, two people have signed up for food stamps.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 11:21 pm
  • Thomas: Hillary's 'steak' is not well done

    Before his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “She is much more p ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Event takes steps to conquer Chiari malformation

    Huntley native Anna Vance’s headaches began when she was a competitive gymnast during junior high. Unfortunately, no one believed she was in severe pa ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Petri: Sometimes a watch should just be a watch

    No, Apple. This time you have gone too far.You might have made an Apple Watch, but for once, I must ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Democrats strategy: Advertise early, often

    Illinois House Democrats launched their direct mail and TV program weeks earlier than the House Republicans in an attempt to knock the GOP candidates ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 11:12 pm
  • Hentoff: Far too many blacks remain separate, unequal

    To begin with the remoteness of post-racial America, here are “14 disturbing stats about racial inequality in American public schools” from The Nation ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • McCaleb: Funk's moved on, plant should, too

    The resignation last week of Oakwood Hills Village President Melanie Funk was for the best – for the village, its residents and Funk herself.
    Sept. 14, 2014 - 11:03 am
  • New Hamphire transplant taking root

    WASHINGTON – Bob Smith might not have been the greatest legislator in his two terms as a U.S. senator from New Hampshire, but at least he was from the ...
    Sept. 13, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Bad Man Pa: The next generation

    Grandfathers are by definition soft and round and cuddly. They are generally silly and happy-go-lucky. They go by the name “Grampa,” “PawPaw” and even ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 11:19 pm
  • Hunt: Could Jim Webb mount credible challenge to Clinton?

    WASHINGTON – Jim Webb could be Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare.The former one-term Virginia senato ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Red light means stop and reflect on prior tickets

    The guy in the black SUV did what I’ve wanted to do oh-so-many times. He ran a red light after waiting an interminable amount of time at the stoplight ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 12:33 am
  • Ornstein: In worst-case scenario, who would lead us?

    Thirteen years ago, the U.S. was changed in a profound way.A major attack on the homeland by a nonst ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Costs keep students away from U of I

    SPRINGFIELD – More often than not, when students receive an admission letter from the University of Illinois, they opt to attend another college.
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • Thomas: McDonnell trial lesson: Corruption is bipartisan

    The soap opera that played out in Richmond these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on mult ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: NFL domestic violence policy a matter of ‘respect’

    As a fan of the National Football League, I’m more than familiar with the concept of “respect.”It’s ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 11:39 pm
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