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  • From the Editor's Desk: Illinois property tax system unsustainable

    If you own a home in Illinois, hold your breath when you check the mailbox: It’s property tax bill time.
    May 9, 2016 - 12:28 pm
  • Thomas: Whom to blame for the rise of Trump?

    Dr. Frankenstein created the monster that bore his name, and if Dr. Jekyll had not conducted those experiments in his laboratory, Mr. Hyde never would ...
    May 8, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Vitamin C no panacea for motel cough

    I think I had a slight cold last week, although I’m not willing to say it was a full-blown cold.I fe ...
    May 7, 2016 - 11:36 pm
  • How to contribute to a Roth IRA if you're retired

    If you are retired and no longer working and your spouse has earned income for 2016, you very likely can put money in a Roth IRA using the working spo ...
    May 7, 2016 - 9:21 am
  • Penkava: The end of the world map as we know it

    A map is a map is a map, right? We all probably can remember the rolled up world maps that sat affixed atop the blackboards in our classrooms.
    May 6, 2016 - 11:46 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: Driving lessons from Dad from years ago

    Reader Adele Durkee of Oakwood Hills let me know my April 26 column on frustrations with driving in McHenry County inspired her to write a post to her ...
    May 6, 2016 - 12:14 am
  • Reeder: Illinois property tax relief desparately needed

    SPRINGFIELD – Like many of you, I received my annual property tax bill in the mail this past week and cringed.
    May 5, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: What? Trump, Clinton debate Randall Road

    Not sure where this came from, but I woke up the other day and imagined Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debating the $97 million Randall Road improve ...
    May 5, 2016 - 12:21 pm
  • Oliver: Preparing for tornadoes should be rite of spring

    Since we live in Illinois, we should be used to the chaotic weather changes that always seem to accompany what we call spring. So it’s not surprising ...
    May 3, 2016 - 11:56 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: After April's 'average' temps, May's look better

    I was left a bit dumbstruck when I checked my inbox Tuesday morning and saw an email with this slug: “Weather was average for April in Illinois.”
    May 3, 2016 - 11:29 pm
  • Miller: How Mah became Illinois' likely first Asian-American legislator

    Theresa Mah (D-Chicago) was never given much of a chance at winning the 2nd House District Democratic primary race on March 15 against a well-known po ...
    May 3, 2016 - 7:40 am
  • Stiemke: More than $77K raised at McHenry County Human Race

    The sixth annual McHenry County Human Race on April 24 was a great example of how individuals in this county care for one another.
    May 3, 2016 - 12:34 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Plenty of options locally for Mother's Day

    I admit to being the kind of person who often forgets dates of special occasions.Not my and my wife’ ...
    May 3, 2016 - 12:23 am
  • Carlson: Cruz picks dream team but can't escape reality

    What a day: On Wednesday, we got to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduce his imaginary friend and vice-presidential pick, Carly Fiorina, to jump-start hi ...
    April 2, 2016 - 7:30 am
  • Bates: Pricing tips for local innovators developing new products

    Developing a new product that will change the world? Congratulations, you innovator, you!Those who h ...
    May 2, 2016 - 12:41 am
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