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  • Peterson: German shepherd: Statuesque breed that still strikes terror

    I don’t know who was more surprised: Me or the German shepherd sitting on the hood of my car one morning last week.
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 12:19 am
  • Reeder: Arrogance of academia at U of I

    SPRINGFIELD – I was chatting with a mother and father last week about their daughter’s college plans.
    Aug. 20, 2015 - 12:59 am
  • Ponnuru: Fallible Federal Reserve needs a few good rules

    The top question at the Federal Reserve, and for Fed watchers around the world, is when will it raise interest rates.
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 4:58 pm
  • Thomas: The summer of our discontent

    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger – a discontent – in the public mood. Litt ...
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: New school year holds super-colossal potential

    For a lot of area students, this week marks a return to the classroom.Is there a feeling of anticipa ...
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 12:39 am
  • Miller: Hardline summer of absurdity continues

    The absurd facade of this long-running state government impasse might best be summed up with two brief statements.
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 11:49 pm
  • Petri: Bristol Palin is right about conservatives and Trumped-up outrage

    Let’s talk, for a moment, about fauxtrage.We all know outrage is in. It generates clicks, sells pape ...
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 5:19 pm
  • Gene Lyons: Year after Ferguson, little has changed

    To establish my credentials, here’s an insignificant event that happened to my wife and me a bit before last year’s tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri.
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Another education subsidy

    If elected president, Hillary Clinton has promised to spend $350 billion to make college “more affordable.” The U.S. already has an $18 trillion debt ...
    Aug. 16, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Lane: Are we headed for a four-party moment?

    If anything’s constant in American political life, it’s the stable two-party system, jostled occasionally by third-party presidential challengers such ...
    Aug. 15, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: The lion sleeps tonight in Milwaukee

    Solomon Linda had no idea what to expect. A poor South African Zulu musician, he had just left his homestead to find work in Johannesburg. Solomon eve ...
    Aug. 15, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Hunt: 'Anyone remember Mike Mansfield?' I certainly do

    William McGurn, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, hailed an unlikely new conservative hero this week: Sen. Charles Schumer, who oppo ...
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Kitchen now has a missing ingredient

    I’m reporting live – well, actually it’s on 24-hour tape delay – from a new corner of our house.Chan ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • Ponnuru: Jeb Bush's recipe for economic disappointment

    “I think we need to lift our spirits and have high, lofty expectations for this great country of ours,” Jeb Bush said in last week’s Republican presid ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Not many winners at Illinois State Fair

    SPRINGFIELD – Losers.State and county fairs count on them.They are the folks who hand their dollars ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 12:19 am
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