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  • Thomas: Hurricane Joaquin, President Obama: Two forces of nature

    Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another “force of nature” flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was diffi ...
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Proven partnership to face greatest challenge

    As my husband and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary this month, those vows we took all those years ago are taking on even greater meaning.
    Oct. 7, 2015 - 12:39 am
  • Feldman: Two cases to watch in this Supreme Court term

    Every Supreme Court term has a theme. For the term that began Monday, the theme looks as if it might be the achievement of longtime conservative aspir ...
    Oct. 6, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: State lawmakers need to face reality

    The Illinois Senate had been scheduled to return to Springfield on Tuesday after not being in session since Sept. 9. Last week, however, the Senate pr ...
    Oct. 6, 2015 - 12:57 am
  • Gene Lyons: Boehner's failure was party over country

    Nothing so became John Boehner’s tenure as House speaker as his manner of leaving it.Subjectively sp ...
    Oct. 5, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Kurtz: Let township consolidation discussion continue

    Let’s face it, not everybody dislikes township government.There are many productive functions provid ...
    Oct. 4, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Carlson: Rubio goads Trump into sharing the spotlight

    Apparently, Americans like duopolies in politics, and we may have a new one this week.Gone is Scott ...
    Oct. 3, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: On the humble stage of the Village Squire

    Whether by genetics or by environmental nurture or by just accident, I became left-handed.Maybe usin ...
    Oct. 2, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • Hunt: Xi Jinping's low-key, high-stakes visit

    The visit to Washington last week of President Xi Jinping, the leader of the world’s second-biggest power, illustrated Lyndon Johnson’s saying that po ...
    Sept. 2, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Some relief, but without complete immunity

    I feel just a little better knowing I have gotten the shingles vaccination.I had been thinking about ...
    Oct. 2, 2015 - 12:47 am
  • Farmer: Opportunities in October to confront domestic violence

    Nationally, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.In McHenry County, there will be many oppor ...
    Sept. 1, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Union demands 'more' from broke Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – A reporter once asked the 20th century’s most influential labor leader, John L. Lewis, what does organized labor want?
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 1:07 am
  • Thomas: John Boehner then and now doesn't match up

    The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington, where life is all about grabbing power an ...
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Leave reality out of ‘Rainbow Connection’

    One harsh reality I’ve had to face is that some things I came to learn and love from childhood wound up being untrue or not as they appeared. George W ...
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 2:15 am
  • Franks: Time to decide what Illinois lawmakers stand for

    Remarkably, despite the urgency of the state’s financial crisis, the Cubs could be hoisting a World Series trophy before Illinois has a real budget.
    Sept. 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
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