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  • Petri: The case against pandas

    Sad, sad news. We lost another panda. The smaller, second, still-unnamed cub perished Wednesday at the National Zoo, in spite of the best efforts of z ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: No end in sight for state budget impasse

    The state fiscal crisis is only going to get worse, and the solution is becoming more difficult by the day.
    Sept. 1, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Kirk: Keeping seniors safe from identity theft

    For 50 years, Medicare has been the bedrock our nation’s elderly has relied on for health security and safe, affordable health care in their senior ye ...
    Aug. 31, 2015 - 11:36 am
  • Gene Lyons: Media chases Hillary, time and 'Times' again

    At the expense of pedantry, here’s how a serious newspaper covered an important story: “Tom Brady hearing transcript details judge’s comments to NFL, ...
    Aug. 31, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: U.S. and UK politics are mirror images

    LONDON – It’s remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ.
    Aug. 30, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Detour: Route 31 access to Centegra – McHenry is closed this week

    • CHARLES MILLER ROAD: Medical Center Drive, the Route 31 entrance to Centegra Hospital – McHenry, is closed for concrete paving. Southbound Route 31 ...
    Aug. 30, 2015 - 12:48 am
  • Craver: It's time for the media to stop making mass shooters famous

    I won’t give the troubled man who shot two Virginia journalists on live TV last week the attention he so richly craved by using his name in this colum ...
    Aug. 30, 2015 - 12:24 am
  • Dvorak: She survived Katrina but lost her city

    It was 10 years ago that Lois Rice began counting down the rest of her life in the number of breaths that remained in those few inches of air between ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Bernstein: Five leading indicators for the 2016 presidential race

    Here are the five things I’m watching between now and Halloween in the 2016 presidential contest. Boo!
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Keeping abreast of the real Colonel Sanders

    Lard. I loved watching my mom plop a massive dollop of that white pig fat into a hot frying pan and see it melt and sizzle and bubble. It was as if th ...
    Aug. 29, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Hunt: Here's how Biden-Warren sort of makes sense

    If Joe Biden was trying to unsettle Hillary Clinton by meeting with Elizabeth Warren over the weekend, here’s a way to really rattle her: Pick the Mas ...
    Aug. 28, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Ponnuru: Why Donald Trump's immigration proposals are resonating

    Reactions to Donald Trump’s immigration plan have been predictably polarized, with people either thinking it will make America great again or consider ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Guest view: Labor arbitration best tool to protect vital services, resolve state contracts

    Gov. Bruce Rauner and a variety of state workers, including those who perform essential services such as our state’s child care providers and home car ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: More than businesses leaving Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is experiencing brain drain.Just as adults are migrating to states with bette ...
    Aug. 27, 2015 - 12:11 am
  • Thomas: Jimmy Carter's peace includes being prepared

    When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused ...
    Aug. 26, 2015 - 5:30 am
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