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  • Petri: 13 tips on how to speak while female

    I have read all the critiques of women’s vocal mannerisms and tics.No “just.” No “sorry.” No uptalk. ...
    Aug. 4, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Blanton: U.S. not safer when citizens left in the dark

    Warning: If you hold a security clearance, reading this column could expose you to information that potentially violates your security agreement. Read ...
    Aug. 4, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: No doubt who's running GOP in Illinois

    If there was any doubt before last week, there’s zero uncertainty now.Gov. Bruce Rauner won’t allow ...
    Aug. 4, 2015 - 12:09 am
  • Gene Lyons: Columnist's sound advice should not be misconstrued

    Note to readers: Gene Lyons is on vacation this week. This column originally ran Oct. 23, 2013:Not e ...
    July 3, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Difference between a debate and a presidential debate

    WARWICK, England – When it comes to debates, the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the “world’s most prestigious debating society,” remains the gold ...
    July 2, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: From slide rules to the dystopian present

    It didn’t happen when we were using slide rules in the ’50s and ’60s. Nope, you didn’t see all the people in waiting rooms hunkered over that device. ...
    Aug. 1, 2015 - 8:27 am
  • Lozada: Binge read 8 Trump books; what I learned

    Sitting down with the collected works of Donald J. Trump is unlike any literary experience I’ve ever had or ever could imagine.
    July 1, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Hunt: A plea for conservatives to speak from the heart

    Arthur Brooks is a stranger to convention.A self-styled “liberal bohemian,” Brooks had an early care ...
    July 31, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Not just Madigan's fault there isn't a budget yet

    Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared to reporters that if it wasn’t for House Speaker Michael Madigan, the budget impasse would’ve been resolved.
    July 30, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Peterson: Reflections on an administration: Memoirs of a Coffee Club President

    I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I no longer drink my coffee black with no additives.I now like my ...
    July 30, 2015 - 10:54 pm
  • Ponnuru: Liberals decide religious liberty isn't so great

    The American tradition of religious freedom long has included exemptions from laws that impose a burden on the exercise of faith.
    July 30, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Illinois' manufacturing base continues decline

    SPRINGFIELD – When I first began covering Illinois state government, a Mitsubishi sports car could be seen sitting in the governor’s parking spot at t ...
    July 30, 2015 - 12:32 am
  • Thomas: Earth to Kepler-452b

    NASA has discovered the answer to all of our problems. It is another planet, a possible twin to Earth that could theoretically sustain life.
    July 29, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Could going ‘tiny’ lead to big benefits?

    How much space does one need in a house to live comfortably?Many of us have given this question some ...
    July 28, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Fighting homelessness: The invisible homeless – from incarcerated to displaced

    An increasingly underserved population in McHenry County and the state of Illinois is the previously incarcerated homeless.
    July 28, 2015 - 5:30 am
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