• Guest View: Illinois' next crisis? Transportation infrastructure

    From pension debt to a deep budget hole, Illinois is a state all too familiar with crisis.Another on ...
    June 11, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Our View: Students' involvement should inspire

    A group of Marengo High School seniors accomplished something noteworthy that deserves to be highlighted.
    June 11, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Ghosts in state payroll not a new phenomenon

    SPRINGFIELD – Way back, in 1973, then-Gov. Dan Walker hired a young Georgetown University graduate and others for his staff, but paid them with money ...
    June 11, 2015 - 12:54 am
  • Thomas: What will they think of next? 'Female Viagra'

    An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended approval of a drug created to raise a woman’s libido. It’s called flibanseri ...
    June 10, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Franks: Listen to taxpayers; reduce size of government

    Since our nation’s founding, the evolution of government institutions has been toward inclusion and directly empowering the governed.
    June 10, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Our View: Transparency seminar should be well attended

    Without laws such as the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act and other measures that ensure government transparency and the public’s rig ...
    June 10, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Choices, chance determine our journeys

    Have you ever stopped to think about how random life seems?I ask because of a conversation I recentl ...
    June 10, 2015 - 12:58 am
  • Tryon: Politics over policy a detriment to legislative process

    I have been reading the articles and guest editorials published in this newspaper about House Bill 229, which seeks to provide the McHenry and Lake co ...
    June 9, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Our View: Swim smart, stay safe

    “Everyone into the pool.”It’s a phrase so often heard in the fast-approaching, good-ol’ summertime.“ ...
    June 9, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Statehouse questions asked, answered

    After five months, you’d think the warring parties at the Illinois statehouse would have learned something about each other. Instead, last week’s bitt ...
    June 9, 2015 - 12:27 am
  • Gene Lyons: Hillary Clinton's real primary opponent

    In a sane world, the 2016 presidential election campaign would begin about this time next year.Howev ...
    June 8, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Our View: Don't hijack consolidation efforts

    In this space on May 1, the Northwest Herald’s Editorial Board wrote the following about a piece of legislation that could lead to the consolidation o ...
    June 7, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: Franks fights for the people

    To the Editor:State Rep. Jack Franks, during the latest budget debates, demonstrated yet again why h ...
    June 7, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: Protest bobcat bill

    It was an embarrassing day for rational and enlightened debate when, on the final day of the legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to open a tr ...
    June 7, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Letter: An awesome event

    To the Editor:I witnessed a truly awesome event May 31 at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Co ...
    June 7, 2015 - 5:30 am
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