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  • Our view: Full-day kindergarten a good idea, but state can't afford it

    We admire Fred Heid's passion for improving early childhood education in Illinois.The new chief exec ...
    July 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm
  • Our view: 'Al the Pal' will be missed

    What did former U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon, who died Sunday at the age of 86, do for you?For starters, ...
    July 8, 2014 - 11:19 am
  • Our view: Expedite Medal of Honor review

    The Medal of Honor is the highest award for bravery in combat that a member of the U.S. military can receive.
    July 7, 2014 - 4:07 pm
  • Our view: Illinois' fiscal outlook is even worse after Supreme Court decision

    As bad as Illinois’ fiscal outlook is now, it’s hard to imagine it getting any worse.But not only ca ...
    July 3, 2014 - 3:07 pm
  • Our View: Former deputy doesn't deserve legal break

    The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:Thumbs down: To th ...
    July 3, 2014 - 7:11 pm
  • Our view: Tuning out peoples' voice

    If Illinois’ political leaders were half as good at solving our state’s problems as they are at keeping voters from having their voices heard, our sta ...
    July 2, 2014 - 9:19 am
  • Our View: Government should practice what it preaches

    The federal government, through the U.S. Department of Energy, has preached energy conservation for years.
    July 1, 2014 - 4:59 pm
  • Our View: Be prepared for tornadoes

    In the span of 10 days, McHenry County has experienced two tornado scares. On June 22, a severe stor ...
    June 30, 2014 - 5:25 pm
  • Our View: Population decline more than a blip

    It’s not time to panic, but we are a little concerned about a recent Census report that shows McHenry County continues to lose residents while neighbo ...
    June 26, 2014 - 2:18 pm
  • Our View: Source of pride for veterans

    The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down:Thumbs up: To the ...
    June 26, 2014 - 5:22 pm
  • Our View: Stay safe this July 4th

    As far as birthday celebrations go, the Fourth of July is usually one of the best of the year.The Fo ...
    June 26, 2014 - 5:03 pm
  • Our View: Immunize your children

    Eradicating diseases through the use of vaccines isn’t a debate we still should be having in the 21st Century United States.
    June 25, 2014 - 1:41 pm
  • Our View: Take steps to encourage more voting

    Voting is the most basic principle of democracy.Yet, very few people exercise their right to vote. A ...
    June 23, 2014 - 5:27 pm
  • Our View: Bears, wolves, cougars could return to Illinois

    The day might come when black bear sightings such as this month’s go from being a novelty to a fact of life in northern Illinois.
    June 23, 2014 - 5:03 pm
  • Our view: End sick, vacation time payouts

    We continue to be amazed at the gall many in government have when it comes to frivolously wasting taxpayer money.
    June 20, 2014 - 11:10 am
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