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  • Begalka: Algonquin's circus history

    The circus circuit had connections to Algonquin. They were called “freaks” or “geeks.” But one thing is undeniable: They were remarkable.
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 12:44 am
  • Peterson: Shout if you need a whistle

    I know how to whistle, and I like to think I learned that skill 50 years ago from my Grandpa Jahner.
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 12:12 am
  • Penkava: Alternative facts are just the new lies

    I really don’t care where the recent concept of “alternative facts” came from, but it has opened up a Pandora’s Box of countless forked tongue possibi ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 12:14 am
  • Oliver: Girl power needs to extend to career aspirations

    When I was 5 or 6, I wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. Maybe that had something to do with the toys I played with or that I really thought my teacher ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 11:37 pm
  • Ponnuru: Democrats are trapped on filibuster of Gorsuch

    What Republicans did when President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court has added to the resolve of many Democrats to fi ...
    Feb. 12, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Getting older through the eyes of the beholder

    My vision is failing me, and I blame it on advancing years. The aging process, in other words.I can’ ...
    Feb. 11, 2017 - 11:57 pm
  • Bump: Donald Trump's wall would cost more than one year of space program

    One of this week’s 286,000 leaks from the executive branch of the government was a document from the Department of Homeland Security putting a price t ...
    Feb. 11, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Dan McCaleb: No goodbyes, even in a 'goodbye' column

    I’m not an overly sentimental or emotional person. My wife would begrudgingly vouch for that.So I wa ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 11:45 pm
  • Penkava: Living together outside the box

    When I was little, I thought that the lines and borders of maps were real … that when you drove from Illinois to Wisconsin, there was a red line that ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 11:26 pm
  • A fair, balanced budget takes political courage

    Illinoisans are fleeing the state in record numbers. Homeowners pay the highest property taxes in the nation. And high-need residents are suffering un ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 12:09 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake

    One of our many fantastic area nonprofits is hosting its biggest fundraiser in the next few weeks. It’s not just a painless way to raise some cash for ...
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 12:29 am
  • Reeder: Rauner's regrettable decision to hire Munger

    SPRINGFIELD – When I heard last week that Gov. Bruce Rauner hired former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger for a $135,000-a-year job, I just groaned.
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 2:06 pm
  • Oliver: Magazine’s demise has fans feeling sorry for Self

    Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, it seems. For those of us who try to always look on the bright side, the search for cheerleaders never ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 12:06 am
  • Reick: Putting the brakes on unfunded mandates

    The biggest issue in the past election was the out-of-control property taxes that are driving businesses and residents out of McHenry County and out o ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • Miller: Credit rating downgrade marks state's 'unprecedented failure'

    The latest Illinois credit rating downgrade from Fitch Ratings is chock full of phrases that could be used in the next campaign cycle against the gove ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 5:30 am
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