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  • Oliver: Ahem, may our families please have our attention?

    On a recent evening in downtown Crystal Lake, a young mother pushed a stroller along Main Street near the train station.
    July 1, 2015 - 9:07 am
  • Thomas: Same-sex marriage is only the beginning

    “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
    June 1, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Petri: Of course 'twerk' belongs in the Oxford English Dictionary

    Twerk, as of Thursday, has joined the Oxford English Dictionary.In another time, I would have been t ...
    June 30, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Madigan, Rauner sending messages across Springfield

    House Speaker Michael Madigan likes to send “messages.” He doesn’t often explain what those messages are, but last week’s surprising defeat of a bill ...
    June 29, 2015 - 11:59 pm
  • Gene Lyons: Why the Charleston shooter was a failure

    Has any murdering terrorist ever failed more dramatically than Dylann Storm Roof?Like any punk with ...
    June 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Pope joins disciples of climate change cult

    The media and the secular left have a love-hate relationship with the Roman Catholic Church and its popes. When the pope takes positions with which th ...
    June 28, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • McArdle: Division over health care act raises questions on legitimacy of public debate

    Yes, subsidies will remain available on federal health care exchanges. So the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, in a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice ...
    June 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Finding Grace at the American Girl store

    I was 12 years old in 1961 when Mattel introduced its new Ken doll, the boyfriend of Barbie. I proudly admit that not once was I tempted to get one an ...
    June 27, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Hunt: All presidential candidates should be in debates

    In late 2011, during the planning for one of the debates of Republican presidential candidates, questions were raised about whether the eight-person f ...
    June 26, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: I'm not flip-flopping on flip-flops

    I have been wearing shoes all my life, so I know a thing or two about them.The only thing I’ve worn ...
    June 25, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Ponnuru: Rand Paul's new tax plan just wouldn't work

    Sen. Rand Paul’s new tax-reform plan is a considerable improvement over his old one.He’s done what m ...
    June 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Budget showdown will lead to Illinois casualties

    SPRINGFIELD – At the supper table the other night, my 9-year-old daughter, Grace, gave me a sad look and said, “Why are they closing the museum?”
    June 25, 2015 - 12:48 am
  • Thomas: Amazing grace in Charleston

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
    June 24, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Petri: Save Alexander Hamilton; dump Andrew Jackson

    WASHINGTON – We must not let this stand.Word leaked Wednesday night that, yes, by 2020, there will b ...
    June 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Gov. Rauner's TV ad light on negativity

    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s much-anticipated TV ad isn’t as over the top negative as we might have thought it would be.
    June 23, 2015 - 12:05 am
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