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  • Oliver: Magazine’s demise has fans feeling sorry for Self

    Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, it seems. For those of us who try to always look on the bright side, the search for cheerleaders never ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 12:06 am
  • Reick: Putting the brakes on unfunded mandates

    The biggest issue in the past election was the out-of-control property taxes that are driving businesses and residents out of McHenry County and out o ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • Miller: Credit rating downgrade marks state's 'unprecedented failure'

    The latest Illinois credit rating downgrade from Fitch Ratings is chock full of phrases that could be used in the next campaign cycle against the gove ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Dave Says: A good marketing idea

    Dear Dave,I’m a small-business owner with a lawn care franchise. It’s common in our industry, after ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 3:51 pm
  • Views: The GOP can deliver 'insurance for everybody'

    Donald Trump’s statement that his preferred replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would provide health “insurance for everybody” surprised tho ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Begalka: No stopping the tornado of football sentiment

    With the Super Bowl still fresh in our minds, it is worth revisiting another homegrown champion of the gridiron – the Golden Tornadoes of 1920.
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 1:00 am
  • Petri: We cannot possibly confirm Judge Gorsuch before the election

    Look, Judge Neil Gorsuch seems like a lovely person. I gladly would let him be the spokesman for my travel website. He possesses a sharp jurist’s mind ...
    Feb. 5, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Laundry lessons continue for lifetime

    There’s a trick to doing laundry, and there are some tricks I will never learn.I’ve been doing laund ...
    Feb. 4, 2017 - 11:36 pm
  • Penkava: A rolling Skittle gathers no milk

    There have been some very strange things that have spilled out of trucks onto the highways over the years. Here are a few of them …
    Feb. 4, 2017 - 12:01 am
  • Editor's Desk: Share your views on local races

    If you read our Opinions page regularly, you’ve likely noticed several letters to the editor in recent weeks promoting candidates in the upcoming cons ...
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 12:09 am
  • A solution to the property tax problem

    Todd Grigg teaches the importance of dollars and cents.For more than 20 years, students in Grigg’s c ...
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 3:07 pm
  • Olson: A level of equality worth protesting

    I’ve heard more than a few people say they “don’t understand” why so many women marched in cities around the country a couple of weeks ago.
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 12:19 am
  • Rep. McSweeney: It’s time to cut Illinois property taxes by 10 percent

    Property taxes are hurting Illinois families and each day that goes by without tax relief, the worse this problem becomes. Everywhere that I go in my ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 11:55 pm
  • Rauner refuses compromise, risks strike

    One year ago, Governor Rauner broke off contract negotiations with AFSCME, the largest union representing public service workers in state government. ...
    Jan. 1, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Editor's Desk: Both Trump revolution, dissension will be covered

    It remains to be seen what the Donald Trump administration will do for manufacturing, but anecdotally, it’s good for phone companies.
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 11:46 pm
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