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  • Penkava: There’s no cure for this hole in my heart

    There’s a hole in my heart. I always knew it would eventually come one day, I just didn’t dare ever think about it. But it came, nonetheless, like a s ...
    July 25, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Reeder: Illinois can learn from Texan example

    PORT ISABEL, TEXAS – I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafés, particularly when I’m on vacation.
    July 24, 2014 - 12:10 am
  • Oliver: Gallery in the Garden has recipe for summertime fun

    Fun in the summertime usually involves a few basic ingredients: an outdoor activity we enjoy and a setting that makes the most of the season. Throw in ...
    July 22, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Miller: Rauner's economic plan polls well

    “This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told Thursday during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner release ...
    July 22, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • Penkava: Downsizing your stuff, upsizing your life

    Well, it finally happened. After having survived the F5 tornadic years of raising our four children, my wife and I have realized that it was time to t ...
    July 19, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Peterson: There goes the neighborhood mailbox

    We went to mail a letter the other day, and the blue mailbox at the corner of Jefferson and Fremont streets in Woodstock was gone.
    July 17, 2014 - 11:41 pm
  • Reeder: Quinn should practice what he preaches

    SPRINGFIELD – Kudos to Gov. Pat Quinn.The governor vetoed a measure that would greatly restrict an o ...
    July 16, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • Ulbrich: HUD funding helps county homeless programs

    Why don’t we see them?In the first quarter, there were 406 documented homeless individuals in McHenr ...
    July 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Some battles leave arachnophobe buggy

    I have a love-hate relationship with spiders.Who am I kidding? It’s more of a hate-hate relationship ...
    July 15, 2014 - 10:38 pm
  • Miller: Latest poll shows edge for Rauner

    A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, 51-39.
    July 14, 2014 - 11:45 pm
  • Craver: Tanks, but no tanks, on police militarization

    I don’t know why police officers and journalists often end up at loggerheads, especially since we share the sacred bond that everybody hates our guts ...
    July 12, 2014 - 11:21 pm
  • Penkava: Not so beautiful day in the neighborhood

    Neighbors. I think the first time I really learned about this concept was in grade school when I received my teacher’s daily warning, “Michael, no tal ...
    July 12, 2014 - 12:45 am
  • Peterson: Taken for a ride in cyberspace

    I’m waiting for the third shoe to drop, if I may adjust a cliché.I’ve been suckered twice into buyin ...
    July 10, 2014 - 11:42 pm
  • Reeder: Hoosiers whupping Illinois in job creation

    SPRINGFIELD – For every one job Illinois has created during the past decade, Indiana has created 35, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor S ...
    July 10, 2014 - 9:27 am
  • Oliver: Achoo! Are seasonal allergies making you miserable?

    If you seem to be sneezing, sniffling and itching a lot this summer, you’re not alone.For those of u ...
    July 8, 2014 - 11:12 pm
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