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  • Oliver: Floral failure proves to be tale of tenacity

    One of my favorite signs of spring actually is a small act of defiance.This little rebel has been sp ...
    March 29, 2017 - 12:00 am
  • Peterson: Solving the car door opener mystery

    The first clue should have been the automatic car-door opener that didn’t work.But who would have th ...
    March 27, 2017 - 1:06 am
  • Another View: A simple workers’ comp fix could save lives

    More Illinoisans die from an opioid overdose than from the barrel of a gun. But imagine the public outcry if a state-run program was passing out weapo ...
    March 24, 2017 - 11:56 pm
  • Penkava: Confessions of a coffee bean sniffer

    I absolutely love the aroma of coffee. That vaporous expression of hot steaming java-bliss totally e ...
    March 26, 2017 - 12:18 am
  • Reeder: Organ donation saved brother's life

    SPRINGFIELD -- The phone call came early in the morning. It was my mother and she was crying.Mom did ...
    March 22, 2017 - 11:06 am
  • Oliver: Northwestern basketball’s NCAA tournament run proves anything’s possible

    Maybe now I can believe that anything is possible.Sure, it’s been something I’ve said to myself over ...
    March 22, 2017 - 12:30 am
  • Arnold: Q&A with United Way of Greater McHenry County Executive Director Carole Peters

    On Feb. 20, United Way of Greater McHenry County had the pleasure of welcoming a new face to our team, longtime Marengo resident Carole Peters.
    March 21, 2017 - 12:49 am
  • Begalka: Rocky road in the offing for scholars, arts devotees

    To those of you who have been quietly grousing about everything from the rising cost of health care to your rising property tax bill, it’s time to act ...
    March 20, 2017 - 1:05 am
  • Peterson: Houses have many temperatures

    I take weather seriously. In another life, I would be a meteorologist and be quite content working for the National Weather Service, tracking storms a ...
    March 18, 2017 - 11:31 pm
  • Penkava: Three chairs for Descartes!

    I think it was Descartes who said, “I sit, therefore I am,” or something like that. If his philosophical proposition is true, then our very metaphysic ...
    March 17, 2017 - 11:59 pm
  • Editor's Desk: McHenry County election coverage ramping up

    Although we aren’t expecting any Russian meddling or WikiLeaks scandals, the next big elections are around the corner in dozens of races for offices t ...
    March 17, 2017 - 12:22 am
  • Rauner must show more leadership

    SPRINGFIELD – There is an old Marine Corps saying that goes something like this: Lead, follow or get the out of the way.
    March 16, 2017 - 11:09 am
  • Oliver: Alzheimer’s statistics paint startling picture

    Statistics can seem impersonal, just numbers on a page. Useful, of course, but far from telling the whole picture.
    March 15, 2017 - 12:50 am
  • Peterson: Slave to sunglasses necessity, not fashion

    I find myself getting up well before the crack of dawn so I can drive directly into the sunrise.And ...
    March 11, 2017 - 11:20 pm
  • Penkava: Husbands are innocent victims of entropy

    I love science, I just don’t understand much of it. I see it, I believe it, but I can’t explain it. I tried.
    March 11, 2017 - 12:11 am
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