Local Columnists

  • Craver: Low taxes or big government, not both

    Raise your hands if you believed state lawmakers three years ago when they swore on their ancestors’ graves that the 67 percent income tax increase wo ...
    April 19, 2014 - 11:02 pm
  • Penkava: Fat dreams of a love-struck spokesman

    It was love at first sight. And, like most great starry-eyed tales, I was an innocent victim of the juncture of time and circumstance.
    April 18, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Peterson: You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone

    My pen turned up missing a while ago, which is a traumatic experience for someone who is wed to his pen.
    April 18, 2014 - 12:32 am
  • Reeder: Setting record straight at Hay Market

    SPRINGFIELD – Growing up during the Cold War, May Day always was a bit ominous.On the evening news, ...
    April 16, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • Oliver: Charity knows ABCs of helping kids A to Z

    The A to Z Literacy Movement was born in 2009 from a trip to the African country of Zambia.“Africa w ...
    April 15, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Miller: Madigan steps into media spotlight

    A long time ago, I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan why he never golfed at his golf outing fundraisers.
    April 15, 2014 - 12:25 am
  • Schaumburg: Term limits or institutional knowledge? Choice is clear

    There was no shortage of headlines coming out of Springfield last week.Most notably was the news reg ...
    April 13, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • Penkava: A sound investment gone wrong

    There’s something wrong with my ears. At least that’s what my wife told me. “Either you can’t hear,” she observed, “or you just don’t want to hear.”
    April 12, 2014 - 1:08 am
  • Penkava: A sound investment gone wrong

    There’s something wrong with my ears. At least that’s what my wife told me. “Either you can’t hear,” she observed, “or you just don’t want to hear.”
    April 12, 2014 - 1:00 am
  • Peterson: Jackets and robins herald spring's arrival

    Meteorological spring arrived on March 1.Woodstock Willie forecasted six more weeks of winter on Gr ...
    April 10, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • Schermerhorn: Now's time to register children for summer activities

    Registrations are open for most park district activities and camps for the summer.Spots for many of ...
    April 9, 2014 - 5:33 pm
  • Reeder: Education choices are deserved

    SPRINGFIELD – After several weeks of trying to teach my second-grader how to ride a bicycle, I became pretty frustrated.
    April 10, 2014 - 8:44 am
  • Oliver: Let’s throw back that pic from the past

    Photographs are so much more than pixels appearing on screens or printed on paper.Some say they are ...
    April 9, 2014 - 12:15 am
  • Miller: Madigan's agenda sets sights on Rauner

    Worries about low Democratic turnout in an off-year election for an unpopular governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's millions ...
    April 8, 2014 - 11:55 am
  • Lyons: LGMC to celebrate 10th anniversary

    Many journalists aren’t what you’d call “joiners.”We’re skeptics, and group activities make us itchy ...
    April 5, 2014 - 11:11 pm
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