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  • 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
  • Miller: Boom! Supreme Court blows up pension reform

    In a sweeping 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court last week struck down an attempt to force government retirees to pay more for their subsidized ...
    July 7, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • McSweeney: Illinois needs property tax relief now

    Home ownership carries a tremendous amount of responsibility. Maintaining a home often can be a labor of love, but it is a labor nonetheless. Here in ...
    July 6, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Schaumburg: Unusual tone from sheriff's candidate

    I read last week one of the more refreshing quotes I’ve seen in a long time regarding politics.It ca ...
    July 6, 2014 - 12:14 am
  • Penkava: The ice cream truck cometh

    It slowly crept into our neighborhood. Announced by endless refrains of “Turkey in the Straw,” the music wafted through the air like an aroma from a k ...
    July 4, 2014 - 11:44 pm
  • Peterson: Long walk to basement after 2 a.m.

    I should have known better, and I should have done better. Next time.But the best I could do was rol ...
    July 4, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Reeder: One person can make a difference

    Pam Harris is just a Lake County mom looking after her disabled adult son.She’s not a particularly p ...
    July 2, 2014 - 11:58 pm
  • Oliver: Snappy driver’s license renewal brings smile

    Complaining about the Department of Motor Vehicles seems to be one of our national pastimes.Think I’ ...
    July 1, 2014 - 11:43 pm
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