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  • Reeder: No checks? How can you do business?

    SPRINGFIELD – “Just mail me a check,” I told a young man who I was doing business with.The 20-someth ...
    Jan. 29, 2017 - 5:41 pm
  • McArdle: Both parties can agree on infrastructure, sort of

    The Republicans’ plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare seems, for the moment, to be going nowhere. President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immig ...
    Jan. 29, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Editor's Desk: Donald Trump media attention needs better focus

    Donald Trump hates the media. People hate Donald Trump. People hate the media. The media hates Donald Trump.
    Jan. 28, 2017 - 11:08 pm
  • Penkava: Raising a stink about the smell of money

    I have always been fascinated by odor. You can’t see it coming. You can’t hear it in the distance. You can’t feel its touch. You just suddenly smell i ...
    Jan. 28, 2017 - 12:21 am
  • Cumpata: Realists decide on best path for moving forward

    “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
    Jan. 28, 2017 - 12:11 am
  • Berg: For many Illinoisans, the next recession has arrived

    Illinois is not working.Since the end of the Great Recession, most members of the Illinois General A ...
    Jan. 26, 2017 - 2:51 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: Economist says U.S., Illinois heading in opposite directions

    The Dow Jones industrial average topped the 20,000 mark for the first time in history Wednesday.Bria ...
    Jan. 26, 2017 - 1:01 am
  • Reeder: Trump's inaugural speech struck dour tone

    SPRINGFIELD – As I drove across Springfield on Friday, I turned my radio to the nation’s inauguration.
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 11:16 pm
  • Dorion-Gray: Retirement? What's next?

    Retirement means different things to different people. For some, it signifies the end of an era in which you were identified as an expert. Your career ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 5:48 pm
  • Indefensible claims of voter fraud now policy

    Technically, the proper way to describe claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election is to state there’s no evidence it happened. Shortly aft ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Larger-than-life character leaves enduring memories

    Life has a funny way of being unpredictable. Sometimes the people we least expect leave the biggest impressions on our lives.
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 12:32 am
  • Editor's Desk: No room for debate on police naloxone use

    For good, bad and soul-crushing misery, my job requires spending a fair amount of time on social media sorting the business of the Northwest Herald’s ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 12:31 am
  • Miller: Offering bad political advice to a future president

    On a fairly regular basis back in the day, state Sen. Barack Obama would walk up to the Senate press box and bum cigarettes off me. That was when peop ...
    Jan. 24, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Dave Says: Run from that guy

    Dear Dave,My husband was recently laid off, and he has $229,000 in a 401(k). He has been told that h ...
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 4:32 pm
  • Begalka: Dream big to rekindle Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

    Much of the nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a week ago, but with the passage of time, his life’s work has become more of an asterisk than ...
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 12:49 am
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