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  • From the Editor's Desk: Springfield falls through the looking glass

    In honor of this weekend’s opening of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” at area movie theaters, here’s my take on Springfield, the Wonderland edition.
    May 27, 2016 - 6:53 am
  • Editor's desk: Hands up! Michael Madigan wants even more

    Got an extra $1,000 lying around that you wouldn’t mind giving to the state of Illinois?Me neither.B ...
    May 26, 2016 - 12:09 pm
  • Rep. Franks: Dysfunction drives decision to leave Illinois House, run for County Board chair

    After 18 years in the Legislature, I announced that I would not seek re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives, instead deciding to run for ...
    May 26, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Raunder, Madigan make take budget fight to November

    It has looked to me for a very long time that House Speaker Michael Madigan has been waiting for an existential state crisis to force Gov. Bruce Raune ...
    May 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Keep eyes on road, off smartphone

    I can think of no invention of the past 25 years that’s had a greater effect on Americans’ lives than the smartphone. And for the most part, the effec ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Oliver: High school graduation brings mix of angst, anticipation

    When I hear “Pomp and Circumstance,” I’m taken back 30 years to a packed gym at McHenry High School West Campus.
    May 24, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: School's (almost) out, what's a parent to do?

    In any given year, there are two days on the calendar that most kids look forward to more than any other.
    May 24, 2016 - 6:43 am
  • McSweeney: Raising Illinois taxes again will kill jobs

    The clamor in Springfield for a tax increase has reached a near fever pitch. The conventional wisdom, we are told, is Illinois’ budget is so out of ba ...
    May 24, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Tempest in a tweet –the new order of news

    True confession: More times than you think, we cover stories we aren’t crazy about –a common phenomenon in the social media age.
    May 23, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Begalka: Milk Day history, does the body good

    Envisioning Harvard today as the go-to center of McHenry County may be difficult, but there was a time when it was all that and more.
    May 23, 2016 - 12:20 am
  • Althoff: Education bill would be another hit to suburban taxpayers

    The state of Illinois is in a financial crisis. That is no secret. With a bill backlog of nearly $7 billion and a budget impasse that has entered its ...
    May 22, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Haisler: FAQ about trying to sell your home

    Last month, we talked about buyer questions. But with the lack of houses available for sale, it seems like a good time to discuss selling your propert ...
    May 22, 2016 - 12:38 am
  • Caldwell: Success is achieving peak performance in business, life

    Each of us has been given a valuable asset. It is so unique that once lost, it can never be replaced, reclaimed or recovered. Yet, we are each regular ...
    May 22, 2016 - 12:36 am
  • Peterson: Liquid soap cocktail, anyone?

    I want to drink our hand soap. Every time I wash my hands, I inhale the scent of the soap, and I want to drink it.
    May 22, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Reeder: Illinois legislature lacks decorum

    SPRINGFIELD – A Champaign TV station has folks here stirred up because it caught two lawmakers playing video games on their phones while an important ...
    May 20, 2016 - 6:18 am
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