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  • Penkava: The case of the missing baby dinosaurs

    When they walked, the earth shook. Their breath smelled of rotting flesh, their voices were as thunder. The landscape shriveled when they appeared. Th ...
    July 16, 2016 - 12:27 am
  • Wilkinson: This is the beginning of the end of the NRA

    The National Rifle Association is not only a constituent part of the Republican Party. It is in some ways a microcosm of it. Its demographics: an agin ...
    July 15, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Stopgap budget already has an $8 billion pricetag

    Turns out Reps. David McSweeney and Jack Franks were right. The temporary budget approved late last ...
    July 15, 2016 - 12:30 am
  • Reeder: Absolute party loyalty is foolish

    SPRINGFIELD – I’ve never understood blind party loyalty.To me, it’s much more important to identify ...
    July 14, 2016 - 9:42 am
  • Ponnuru: Bill Clinton's legacy is helping liberals today

    Democrats are galloping to the left. David Weigel made the point in a Washington Post report on their new party platform: “The Democratic Party shifte ...
    July 14, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Are standardized tests becoming a shell game?

    It’s been many years since school, and I honestly don’t remember how many or exactly which standardized tests we took. Iowa Basics, is one name I reca ...
    July 14, 2016 - 12:53 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: We've all got our own Pokémon problems

    Maybe it’s age, but I have no knowledge of anything Pokemon other than it was a kids’ card game and some kind of yellow, alien-looking rat is involved ...
    July 13, 2016 - 12:07 am
  • Oliver: Chill out in hot weather to avoid heat-related illness

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George SantayanaEach summer, as t ...
    July 13, 2016 - 12:05 am
  • McSweeney: Stopgap budget will likely lead to higher Illinois taxes

    The big recent news coming out of Springfield was the passage of a six-month unbalanced spending measure that likely will result in a massive income t ...
    July 10, 2016 - 8:44 am
  • Penkava: Big Brother chillin’ in the fridge

    It was robin’s egg blue. Its giant door loomed high above my shaggy 8-year-old head, its shiny silver latch just barely within my grasp. It was like a ...
    July 8, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Update on the Premium Tax Credit

    When filing your 2015 income tax return, one of two things may have affected the amount that you were refunded or the amount you owed: 1. An increase ...
    July 7, 2016 - 4:59 pm
  • Editor's Desk: Readers respond to online comment change

    For more than a decade, editors of news websites have been pulling their hair out trying to figure out what to do about anonymous online commenters.
    July 7, 2016 - 12:13 am
  • Miller: Rauner angles for 'grand bargain'

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan rose to give his customary year-end speech after the House had concluded its business last week and pointed his ...
    July 6, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Pat Summitt offered lessons on, off the court

    In August 2011, when University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt announced that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alz ...
    July 6, 2016 - 12:01 am
  • Editor's desk: Online comments switch to Facebook

    When you see an online comment by user 'anon1234' or 'Find Da Real Truth 75' ... how seriously do you take it? Does it add to a sense of community in ...
    July 5, 2016 - 11:58 pm
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