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  • Dave says: Convincing others they don't need credit cards isn't easy

    Dear Dave: I’ve followed your plan for three years. I’m living totally debt-free except for my home, and I pay for everything with cash. It’s so freei ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 3:10 pm
  • Editor's Desk: Criticism of Crystal Lake teen's torture coverage was fair, heard

    “Sickening” was the word Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson used to describe the abduction and torture of a Crystal Lake teen during a Facebo ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 12:43 am
  • Berg: Why a budget won’t fix Illinois

    Did you feel it? As 2016 expired at midnight Dec. 31, so too did Illinois’ stopgap budget. That six ...
    Jan. 5, 2017 - 7:14 pm
  • York: Don't jump to conclusions on hacking

    President-elect Donald Trump stirred yet more controversy Saturday night when, as he entered his New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, he said he is not ...
    Jan. 5, 2017 - 3:10 pm
  • Editor's Desk: 'Neighborhood Tourist' coming to Northwest Herald next week

    Shaw Media NICHE and the Northwest Herald have launched a new publication, the Neighborhood Tourist, and we couldn’t be more excited to share this new ...
    Jan. 5, 2017 - 12:30 am
  • Rubin: Donald Trump's battle with reality and the intelligence community heats up

    President-elect Donald Trump insists on dumping on the intelligence community that he will need to depend upon in less than three weeks. On Tuesday, h ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 10:40 am
  • Bernstein: House Republicans start 2017 on wrong foot

    Did the House Republicans already suffer their first defeat of 2017? Or is their retreat only tactical and temporary?
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: In Carrie Fisher, this girl found a force to follow

    When the original “Star Wars” movie, now known as “Star Wars: Episode IV,” was released in May 1977, I was 8 years old. I remember standing in a line ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 11:53 pm
  • From the Editor's Desk: Facing early backlash, House GOP knows when to fold 'em

    Regardless of one’s political leanings, when one party takes control of everything, we all should take the attitude that we’re playing in a shady poke ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 11:50 pm
  • Ra Joy: A new hope for redistricting reform in Illinois

    Forget the holiday blues. If you live in Illinois, chances are you are suffering from an acute case of the political blues, a bug that has long afflic ...
    Jan. 2, 2017 - 10:57 pm
  • Mike Piershale: The stock market's early warning system

    Two patterns in January have historically predicted the direction of the stock market for the rest of the year, according to the Stock Trader’s Almana ...
    Jan. 2, 2017 - 12:58 am
  • Berg: Illinois has a people problem, as in too many are leaving

    The U.S. Census Bureau released new migration data on Dec. 20, and it’s frightening. Illinois has a massive people problem.
    Jan. 2, 2017 - 12:46 am
  • Peterson: After predicting Trump's presidency in 2016, my 2017 predictions

    Well, if 2016 didn’t end with a bang, the kind where the door bangs shut, as in don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
    Dec. 31, 2016 - 10:21 pm
  • Penkava: A witty yet whimsical photo gone bad

    I really thought it was a good idea to take a new column photo. I figured my readers had grown a bit weary of seeing that same old picture of me next ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • Call or write – tell us how it is

    There are some people who regularly call or write me to tell me what they think.With few exceptions, ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 12:59 am
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