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  • York: Ariz. case brings death penalty back into discussion

    The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts July 23 in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Arizona. Double murder ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 7:48 pm
  • Our View: Be careful with politcal messages

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has taken some heat recently for manipulating headlines in his latest TV ad to help his cause in the ra ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 7:37 pm
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    Aug. 1, 2014 - 7:36 pm
  • Our View: College education changing the landscape

    “Seven years of college, down the drain.” – John “Bluto” Blutarsky in “Animal House” College – and c ...
    July 31, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Mattingly: Cohabitation becomes tricky in today’s society

    It’s a hypothetical case, but one priests frequently face in an American culture transformed by the Sexual Revolution.
    July 31, 2014 - 8:52 pm
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    July 31, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Our View: West Nile lies low, for now; don’t let up on prevention

    West Nile virus might be lying low in Illinois this summer, but that doesn’t mean people should let their guard down.
    July 30, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • West: Children are being used as pawns in international chess

    There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United St ...
    July 30, 2014 - 8:52 pm
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    July 30, 2014 - 8:37 pm
  • Reeder: Illinois needs to do more for businesses

    SPRINGFIELD – I picked up my vacation photos at Walgreens the other day.I’ve read that the drugstore ...
    July 29, 2014 - 8:36 pm
  • Our View: ‘Rita’s Law’ should help fight corruption

    When out-of-staters are asked what comes to mind when they think about Illinois, government corruption is right up there near the top of the list.
    July 29, 2014 - 8:40 pm
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    July 29, 2014 - 8:36 pm
  • Miller: Frerichs needs to up his game

    Back in January, state Sen. Michael Frerichs formally kicked off his campaign for Illinois state treasurer and posted a video online touting the fact ...
    July 28, 2014 - 9:06 pm
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    July 25, 2014 - 9:50 pm
  • Mattingly: Hope and division during the Anglican wars

    Anglicans seem to be hopeful about their flocks in the United States, even if the warring factions in their Communion keep moving further and further ...
    July 24, 2014 - 9:45 pm
  • Our View: Illinois’ food industry needs your help

    Incremental change doesn’t make headlines, but it can make a big difference over time. Cut out sweet ...
    July 24, 2014 - 9:44 pm
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    July 24, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • Another View: Give a reason not to dodge taxes

    When is a U.S.-based company not considered a U.S. company by the IRS? When it buys a smaller firm in a foreign country and – presto chango! – deems t ...
    July 23, 2014 - 8:23 pm
  • West: It’s not a crisis; it’s a national emergency

    “Dear Colleagues,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., wrote to his fellow senators, “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of ...
    July 23, 2014 - 8:22 pm
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    July 23, 2014 - 8:12 pm
  • Our View: 900 funds? State should consolidate

    Fans of wildlife conservation likely were pleased to learn last year about the establishment the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.
    July 22, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Reeder: Illinois could learn a lot from Texas

    PORT ISABEL, TEXAS – I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafés, particularly when I’m vacation. ...
    July 22, 2014 - 9:24 pm
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    July 22, 2014 - 9:15 pm
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    July 21, 2014 - 9:38 pm
  • Miller: Tax hike isn’t going away soon, despite what Rauner says

    "This morning," 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17 during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, "Republican candidate for governor Bruce ...
    July 21, 2014 - 9:38 pm
  • Another View: The heavy burden of college financial aid

    Return on investment is a clear measure of what you get for your money. Incredibly, the federal government doesn’t apply that simple concept to the $1 ...
    July 18, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Letter: Thank you for making benefit successful

    Our most heartfelt thank you and appreciation goes out to all family, friends and neighbors that helped put together the most amazing night for the Ca ...
    July 18, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Letter: See exhibit at Historical Museum

    To the Editor: If you have not had a chance to check out the photo exhibit, “Home Sweet Home,” by To ...
    July 18, 2014 - 9:01 pm
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    July 18, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Another View: CDC drops the ball, and the anthrax

    We’re no experts on medical research. Nonetheless, we offer this humble safety tip to those who are: When conducting experiments on deadly pathogens, ...
    July 17, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Mattingly: Tension on the ‘faith and family left’

    It was one of those symbolic questions that pollsters toss into the mix when probing fault lines inside political coalitions.
    July 17, 2014 - 9:28 pm
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    July 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • West: Congress needs to use the power of the purse for border problems

    Dear Members of Congress,Here’s an assignment for you: Watch the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” and ...
    July 16, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Another View: The Dow at 17,000 is a paradox of two economies

    Dow 17,000.Now do you feel rich? We didn’t think so.Wall Street is booming, but Main Street isn’t. U ...
    July 16, 2014 - 9:28 pm
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    July 16, 2014 - 9:20 pm
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    July 15, 2014 - 8:30 pm
  • Reeder: Quinn should practice what he preaches when it comes to FOIA

    SPRINGFIELD – Kudos to Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor vetoed a measure that would greatly restrict an ...
    July 15, 2014 - 8:38 pm
  • Our View: Legislation measures help boat safety

    July 28, 2012, is a date that is burned into state Sen. Julie Morrison’s memory. On that day, her 10 ...
    July 15, 2014 - 8:38 pm
  • Miller: Rauner leading in race for governor

    A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, 51-39. That’s pretty much the same margin the p ...
    July 14, 2014 - 9:20 pm
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    July 14, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • Another View: Obama must end the public information barriers

    Mr. President, you have a public information problem. Again. Several months ago, journalism organizations complained about a lack of access for news p ...
    July 11, 2014 - 9:59 pm
  • York: Is there a patriotism gap?

    Despite prolonged economic troubles, deep political divisions, headaches abroad, and a sense that the country is on the wrong track, the heartening ne ...
    July 11, 2014 - 10:00 pm
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    July 11, 2014 - 9:48 pm
  • Another View: Boehner v. Obama – a complicated situation

    House Republican Speaker John Boehner says he’s so upset about President Barack Obama’s use of signing statements to challenge laws he and his GOP maj ...
    July 10, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Mattingly: Churches face challenges in reaching young Americans

    When leaders of traditional faith groups think about reaching out to Millennials, religious seekers, unaffiliated “Nones” and other postmodern young A ...
    July 10, 2014 - 9:07 pm
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    July 10, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • West: Democrats see 'unaccompanied alien minors' as a golden opportunity

    There is one thing we can predict about the tens of thousands of “minor aliens” crashing our southern border. If permitted to stay in this country and ...
    July 9, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Another View: Public can help fill online Wall honoring Vietnam vets

    The wider public perception of Vietnam War veterans has taken a 180-degree turn since the 1960s and ’70s when protesters marched against the war and v ...
    July 9, 2014 - 8:32 pm
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    July 9, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Reeder: Indiana economy outperforming Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – For every one job Illinois has created during the last decade, Indiana has created 35, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor S ...
    July 8, 2014 - 9:20 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 - 9:12 pm
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    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 - 9:12 pm
  • Miller: Radical thinking needed to solve state’s pension woes

    In a sweeping 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court last week struck down an attempt to force government retirees to pay more for their subsidized ...
    July 7, 2014 - 9:30 pm
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    July 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • Our View: Power to the people

    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 4, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • York: Democrats struggle to show anti-Koch campaigning amendment is ‘reasonable’

    While much of Washington grapples with international crises, chronic economic troubles and upcoming midterm elections, Senate Democrats are steadily p ...
    July 4, 2014 - 9:18 pm
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