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  • Atwater: Alcoholism, addiction have many faces

    I guess if I’ve learned anything over the years about alcoholism and addiction in general it is that it has many faces.
    Sept. 11, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Editor's Desk: Recalling Sept. 11 attacks, 15 years later

    Has it really been 15 years?At the time it almost seemed impossible that we could get to the place w ...
    Sept. 11, 2016 - 12:06 am
  • Penkava: The French Revolution with carburetors

    I’m not sure how it happened, but its advent was as smooth and slippery as a bar of soap on a shower floor. It was more of a process than an event … a ...
    Sept. 10, 2016 - 12:46 am
  • Editor's Desk: Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz's death anniversary coverage was buried

    This anniversary came and went, and I’m glad it’s gone.News outlets sometimes commemorate the annive ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 12:45 am
  • Berg: Some Illinois workers are more equal than others

    For more than a century, Americans have celebrated Labor Day as a tribute to the accomplishments of working men and women.
    Sept. 8, 2016 - 4:38 pm
  • Reeder: Fellow conceal-carry classmates quite 'ordinary'

    SPRINGFIELD – For years, I’ve watched Illinois lawmakers debate issues concerning gun control and just rolled my eyes.
    Sept. 8, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Editor's Desk: Pro Football Weekly section, e-edition an added value to subscribers

    Last football season, the Northwest Herald published a weekly, 16-page newspaper insert that provided in-depth analysis of all things Bears, the NFC N ...
    Sept. 8, 2016 - 1:01 am
  • Miller: Parties seek soundbites over solutions

    Whenever you see a statement from the Democratic Party of Illinois, you can feel supremely confident House Speaker Michael Madigan, the party’s longti ...
    Sept. 7, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Sometimes grief takes circuitous route

    Grief is a funny thing. And by funny, I mean confounding, overwhelming and perplexing. Or at least it has been for me.
    Sept. 7, 2016 - 12:33 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: Reflections on the disappearing Huntley Outlet Mall

    So apparently, I’m one of very few who will miss what remains of the Huntley Outlet Mall when it leaves this world for that Great Retail Paradise in t ...
    Sept. 7, 2016 - 12:33 am
  • From the Editor's Desk: What's the story with incomplete stories?

    Whether you do it rightly, wrongly, expertly or with a tinge of mediocrity, you field a fair amount of complaints in journalism. Thin-skinned? You’ll ...
    Sept. 6, 2016 - 9:47 am
  • Get a Grip: Why we choose difficult people to love

    A man is sitting in my office. His complaint is that his wife is not affectionate, doesn’t want to sit with him in the evening holding hands while wat ...
    Sept. 4, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Atwater: Going to self-centered to useful through sobriety

    “Don” wasn’t helpful at home. In fact, Don wasn’t very helpful anywhere. He wasn’t interested, and it didn’t fit into his plan. He just didn’t think o ...
    Sept. 4, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Illinois death tax hits family farms hard

    Illinois takes pride in its farmland. The state has some of the world’s richest soil, and 3 of every 4 acres in Illinois are dedicated to agriculture.
    Sept. 4, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: 4-lane Route 14 between Crystal Lake, Woodstock should have 55 mph speed limit

    Construction work has been going on for more than a year on the six miles of Route 14 between Woodstock and Crystal Lake, and the highway is going to ...
    Sept. 3, 2016 - 11:19 pm
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