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  • McCardle: Illinois should cut pension slowly, starting now

    What do states owe workers?That’s a question we’re going to be asking a lot as states wrestle with g ...
    May 15, 2015 - 5:18 pm
  • Guest View: Lawmakers should protect bobcats, Illinois wildlife

    Illinois lawmakers are debating whether to open a hunting and trapping season on bobcats.If bobcat h ...
    May 15, 2015 - 5:13 pm
  • Sen. Althoff: Tireless advocate for smaller government, lower taxes

    As a longtime advocate for smaller government and lower taxes, I recently sponsored legislation (House Bill 229) that would empower McHenry and Lake c ...
    May 15, 2015 - 5:13 pm
  • Hunt: Huckabee, Carson and Fiorina will matter in 2016

    None of the three candidates who joined the Republican presidential contest last week – Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson – will win the nom ...
    May 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: McHenry mother shares book of pain, hope of mental illness and family

    Geri Condon of McHenry has written a remarkable book about the mental-health crises her son, Mitchell, faced as an adolescent and young man, and the i ...
    May 14, 2015 - 11:59 pm
  • Sen. Duffy: Topsy-turvy McHenry County representation in Springfield

    As a small business owner now serving as a Republican state senator, I still get baffled by the political games that are played in Springfield.
    May 14, 2015 - 9:35 am
  • Reeder: Bad news coming for state union workers

    SPRINGFIELD – Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.Government worker unions had their ...
    May 14, 2015 - 12:37 am
  • Thomas: Good sense guides British elections

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland – “Shocked,” “surprised,” “stunned” were some of the words used by broadcasters, columnists, political “experts” and pollste ...
    May 13, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Who knew there’d be a wilderness right outside our door?

    At first blush, my backyard wouldn’t seem to be the next best thing to an animal sanctuary. After all, it’s situated in an older neighborhood of McHen ...
    May 12, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • DeRossett: Local government trying to become less accountable, less transparent to taxpayers

    As state government scurries to fill a projected $8 billion deficit in the fiscal 2016 budget, it would seem to make sense to move beyond successful c ...
    May 12, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Naming names on Gov. Rauner's 'working groups'

    I recently obtained a document distributed by the governor’s office detailing the membership list and meeting times and locations of the secret state ...
    May 11, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Gene Lyons: Why did Republicans cave in to delusional paranoia?

    The real news isn’t that many Texans seemingly subscribe to an apocalyptic, delusional worldview that has them convinced a U.S Army training exercise ...
    May 11, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Terrorists find foothold among us

    The Obama administration says it still is trying to determine whether ISIS was behind the attack in Garland, Texas, in which two terrorists were shot ...
    May 10, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Carlson: Can Republicans keep clowns off debate stage?

    Honk if you aren’t running for the Republican presidential nomination.With Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina ...
    May 9, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Really styling with my classic Dad Bod

    I grew up as a 97-pound weakling. In fact, I was so pitiful that just making it to 97 pounds was a rather lofty goal for me. I must have had the metab ...
    May 8, 2015 - 11:26 pm
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