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  • Michael Penkava: The ups and downs in Zipperland

    OK, dear reader, let me start out this column by amazing you. I am going to predict something and you will easily verify that I am correct. Then you c ...
    NEW: Nov. 29, 2014 - 12:14 am
  • Hunt: Democrats must address economic anxiety

    WASHINGTON – To recover from their debacle in the midterm elections, Democrats have seized on two questionable propositions: They lost mainly because ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Exclamation points were the first emoticon

    There was a time in my life when I banished exclamation points from all writing. Exclamation points ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 11:56 pm
  • Pincus: What it costs to fight the Islamic State

    WASHINGTON – The cost of the fight against the Islamic State continues to mount.The departure of Def ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: State's future depends on Supreme Court ruling

    SPRINGFIELD – A Sangamon County judge snapped the first buckle on the state’s straightjacket last week.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 11:52 pm
  • Thomas: How about putting Americans first?

    Addressing the nation last Thursday, President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Want to be happy? Count your blessings

    In this fast-paced world, sometimes it’s hard to take a few moments to reflect on the good things around us. Often, the good gets lost in our blur of ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 9:57 am
  • Petri: Can we save Cliff Huxtable from Bill Cosby?

    Bill Cosby is over, for now. The Cosby Netflix special is postponed. The NBC Cosby-helmed show, slated for fall of next year, has been canceled.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: GOP leaders lining up for Rauner jobs

    Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield “parlor” games (which are usually not played in parlors, but in t ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 12:36 am
  • Guest View: Requiem for a McHenry County Democrat

    I read with great interest the “Our View” in the Northwest Herald on Nov. 9, a few days after the recent election.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Teaching hate

    “You’ve got to be taught to hate...” (Oscar Hammerstein, “South Pacific”)The murder on Tuesday of fi ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Schaumburg: Open your wallet for public documents

    State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is working hard to get the state’s minimum wage increased during this fall’s veto session in Spring ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 12:16 am
  • Guest View: County Board grant revote was pandering at its worst

    The Affordable Care Act has many issues troubling citizens and local governments throughout the country.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 12:19 am
  • Penkava: Of comets and ‘Gilmore Girls’

    What were you doing on Tuesday, March 2, 2004? The only thing I can recall from back then was watching “Gilmore Girls” on Tuesday nights with my wife. ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • Hunt: Coming Obamacare battle has risk for all sides

    WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans profess to search for common ground, both sides are lobbing grenades: the preside ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 5:30 am
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