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  • From the Editor's Desk: Money flowing in local races

    Candidates for public office and lawmakers in Illinois are expected to disclose finance information quarterly. However, contributions of $1,000 or mor ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 12:18 am
  • Oliver: Reading to children can ignite lifelong love

    Next week marks a milestone in Woodstock District 200.The district’s Love to Read Week program celeb ...
    Feb. 10, 2016 - 12:18 am
  • Miller: Real state budget chaos still to come

    Last week, a reporter said to Gov. Bruce Rauner that Secretary of State Jesse White had suggested Rauner bring in former governors, including George R ...
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Panthers' Cam Newton shows immaturity

    I’m not here to gloat about the Broncos’ 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50. I do want to ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 11:55 pm
  • Gene Lyons: At least Trump has subversive sense of humor

    I used to have this poster in my office reflecting the timeless wisdom of a relief pitcher named Larry Andersen. Today, he does radio broadcasts for t ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: We've made some adjustments

    Changes to our changes can be found in today’s Northwest Herald.You spoke, and we listened, so we ar ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 12:24 am
  • Thomas: The failure of multiculturalism

    Just as radar warns of approaching storms, so does the flood of migrants entering Europe warn us of a deluge yet to come, not only for Europeans, if t ...
    Feb. 7, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Search for seamless background music continues

    All I want is a little soothing background music. Is that asking too much?And I had it set up on my ...
    Feb. 7, 2016 - 12:15 am
  • Carlson: Iowa is over; now it gets interesting

    That this is a year when everything is up for grabs was confirmed Monday night in Iowa, with two almost equally unacceptable outsiders – Sen. Ted Cruz ...
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: A miracle on ice that melts your heart

    In the National Hockey League they are called enforcers. When a teammate is a victim of a dirty or especially violent play, these intimidators respond ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 11:19 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: Yes, I'm a Denver Broncos fan

    Ever since 1986, I’ve been a Denver Broncos fan.My dad – an avid Bears fan – tells people he did a p ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 1:18 pm
  • Hunt: From steadfast Iowa to contrarian New Hampshire

    Strong showings in the Iowa caucuses by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio sent them roaring into next week’s Republican presidential primary in New Hampshire w ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 11:38 pm
  • Reeder: State politicians just bad-check writers

    I never have understood people who deliberately will write a bad check.Please note I said deliberate ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Tweet begs professionlism question

    I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline Wednesday afternoon when a photo caught my eye.It was at ...
    Feb. 4, 2016 - 12:56 am
  • Bernstein: Iowa narrows the presidential field

    Iowa doesn’t pick nominees. It eliminates candidates.Sometimes that happens quickly: On Monday night ...
    Feb. 3, 2016 - 5:30 am
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