Local Columnists

  • 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
  • Penkava: Amazing Sea Monkeys come to Wrigley Field

    When I was a kid there used to be a whole page of advertisements on the back cover of Superman comic books. You could buy everything from X-Ray Specs ...
    April 11, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Franks: Better economy a better way forward for Illinois

    In his recent budget address, instead of focusing on streamlining government and reducing the tax burden on hardworking families and Illinois business ...
    April 4, 2014 - 6:29 pm
  • Peterson: So many passwords, so little memory

    It used to be the only secret password you needed to know was “open sesame,” and behind the door was a treasure of untold fortune.
    April 9, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • Gov. Quinn: My case for tax reform; Edgar had it right

    In 1997, Republican Gov. Jim Edgar proposed a thoughtful, responsible plan to changetheway Illinois schools are funded by raising the income tax and ...
    April 2, 2014 - 5:27 pm
  • Reeder: Government ban on raw milk sales is wrong idea

    SPRINGFIELD – My grandma liked her milk just like her orange juice – freshly squeezed. To hear her t ...
    April 10, 2014 - 8:45 am
  • McSweeney: Illinois can't tax its way to prosperity

    We hear a lot about fairness in Springfield these days.We are told that our tax system is not fair. ...
    April 1, 2014 - 5:17 pm
  • Tryon: Don't trust lawmakers with more tax dollars

    In my time in the General Assembly, I never have seen an atmosphere where the majority party in Springfield has seemed so determined to raise taxes on ...
    April 1, 2014 - 9:38 am
  • Miller: Dems team up for Quinn's budget address

    It turns out that the governor and the two Democratic legislative leaders met privately for at least several days to negotiate details of Gov. Pat Qui ...
    April 8, 2014 - 11:55 am
  • McCaleb: Quinn’s budget plan a double whammy

    When is a tax rebate actually a tax hike? Whenever Gov. Pat Quinn is involved, apparently. During hi ...
    April 1, 2014 - 9:43 am
  • Penkava: The amazing ‘Black Hole of Prada’

    I’ve always had a fascination with outer space. As a kid I even believed the moon was made of green cheese. That was pretty ridiculous. Everyone knows ...
    April 11, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Reeder: State’s high court erases eavesdropping law

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court hit the erase button last week on the state’s eavesdropping law.
    April 10, 2014 - 8:45 am
  • Oliver: Milestone for park reignites love for Wrigley

    Opening Day for Major League Baseball usually receives little more than a shrug in my world.When are ...
    April 8, 2014 - 12:14 pm
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