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  • Miller: Rauner's 'right to work' support pushes union to Libertarian camp

    I wasn’t hugely surprised when Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers contributed $30,000 to the Illinois Libertarian Party’s can ...
    Oct. 20, 2014 - 7:50 pm
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    Oct. 20, 2014 - 7:41 pm
  • Rezin: Real funding reform will help all schools

    School funding reform has once again become a hot-button issue throughout the area. I personally served on the Education Funding Advisory Committee (E ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 10:48 pm
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    Oct. 17, 2014 - 10:42 pm
  • Our View: Educate yourself on what will be on your ballot

    Sample ballots have been widely disseminated for the Nov. 4 election. They have been mailed by local ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • Letter: It’s time for Morris to change its mascot

    I just read about your towns’ mascot controversy in the Tribune. My town, Chatham, about five miles south of Springfield, used to have Redskins as the ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 9:55 pm
  • Two voices on the opposite sides of the Maynard physician-assisted suicide issue

    As millions of people now know, Brittany Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz, will celebrate his birthday on Oct. 26. They will gather with friends and family ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 9:34 pm
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    Oct. 16, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Reeder: Indiana's better business climate outperforms Illinois economically

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Mitch Daniels has been a transformational leader for Indiana.For eight years ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 12:15 am
  • Lopez: Life is valuable even when it's painful

    NEWARK, N.J. — The salutatorian of the Bayonne High class of 1917 was cause for celebration this past week. “If you can be a saint in Newark, New Jers ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Another View: Proposed FCC rule won't stop spiraling pay-TV bills

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has said one of his top goals is to promote competition in the industries he regulates. The age ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 9:17 pm
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    Oct. 15, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • Another View: America's biggest crisis is lack of confidence

    After the disappointments of the Bush years and the Obama years, many Americans aren’t sure where next to turn. Faith in Congress has collapsed. Faith ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm
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    Oct. 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm
  • Miller: Sigh of relief on Rauner's answer regarding taxes

    The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issue ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 9:11 pm
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    Oct. 13, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Letter: Cloonen proven as friend of agriculture

    Recently, the Illinois Farm Bureau endorsed state Representative Kate Cloonen as a “Friend of Agriculture.”
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 10:54 pm
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    Oct. 10, 2014 - 10:55 pm
  • Our View: We endorse Bruce Rauner for governor

    Gov. Pat Quinn has had more than five years to guide Illinois toward a brighter fiscal future.Instea ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Mattingly: The vicar of Baghdad visits the Holocaust Museum

    The 5-year-old boy was named Andrew to honor the British priest who baptized him at St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad.
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Our View: We're honored to honor those who give to Grundy County

    Paying honor to the everyday heroes in our community is something we don’t do often enough.That’s wh ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 9:26 pm
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    Oct. 9, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Lopez: Boats against the current of an uncaring world

    “Caring and sharing.” Believe it or not, that was the gist of a press day in the nation’s capital th ...
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Our View: Celebrating newspapers

    In print or online, newspapers play an important role in your community.They provide readers with ne ...
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 9:16 pm
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    Oct. 8, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Our View: Raising awareness

    More than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and about 40,000 women will die from it in 2014, according to the Americ ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 9:28 pm
  • Reeder: Remembering mom

    SPRINGFIELD – I stood alone at my mother’s grave last week, talking.I told her how my oldest daughte ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 9:24 pm
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  • Miller: A look at Congressional races

    OK, so what we’re gonna do today is discuss some congressional races you may or may not care about in order to talk about the governor’s race, which y ...
    Oct. 6, 2014 - 8:55 pm
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  • York: Would midterm loss crack stonewall on keystone pipeline?

    The federal government recently began its seventh year of considering whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Nearly all that tim ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 10:39 pm
  • Our View: Get ready to vote

    The November election is drawing near, and the April election is right around the corner. Both are opportunities for exercising our constitutional rig ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 10:42 pm
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    Oct. 3, 2014 - 10:38 pm
  • Mattingly: A liberal strategy to save the Episcopal Church

    Once upon a time, the Anglican bishops at the global Lambeth Conference boldly declared the 1990s the “Decade of Evangelism.”
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • Another View: Ebola has arrived; it’s time for serious action

    On Sept. 2, seven Northeastern University scientists wrote an academic paper published by the Public Library of Science predicting Ebola could reach t ...
    Oct. 2, 2014 - 8:53 pm
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    Oct. 2, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • Another View: Student loan load’s risk to economy

    When we read the remarks Monday by Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, concerning the nation’s record level of student loan debt, we were re ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Lopez: Holy radicals in a fallen world

    It’s 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, and as on most mornings, the Rev. Robert Barron, rector of the Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, unassumingly takes an open sea ...
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 9:30 pm
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    Oct. 1, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Reeder: State government unaware of education spending

    SPRINGFIELD – So how many of your dollars are being spent on providing free college educations for state workers?
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 9:38 pm
  • Another View: Grain of salt with e-cig warning

    Big Tobacco might have been scared straight. Companies such as Reynolds American Inc. and Altria Gro ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 9:38 pm
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    Sept. 29, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • Miller: Rauner needs to get facts straight

    Just a quick note to Bruce Rauner: The next time you try to claim Gov. Pat Quinn is "personally" under federal investigation (an allegation that, as f ...
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • York: Gov. Walker’s race crucial for GOP

    Of course it’s important which party controls the House and Senate. But for Republicans concerned about the party’s 2016 presidential prospects, one k ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • Our View: Get involved politically

    Election season began Tuesday.Not for the upcoming November election, though you should be paying cl ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 10:41 pm
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    Sept. 26, 2014 - 10:40 pm
  • Mattingly: Your online High Holiday rites

    The idea was really simple, in terms of technology: Since many Jews could not attend High Holiday rites, why not put microphones in key locations and ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 8:40 pm
  • Our View: Little sympathy for Crundwell

    Rita Crundwell, Dixon’s disgraced former city comptroller, apparently believes an injustice is about to be visited upon her personal finances.
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Lopez: All communities should be in parade

    March might be a bit far off, but a St. Patrick’s Day brawl has come early. No one seems happy by the recent decision to include OUT@NBCUniversal, an ...
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 9:02 pm
  • Another View: Congress adds to its shame, as its work piles up

    Even for this do-nothing Congress, this is appalling. After a five-week summer vacation, the honorables spent barely a week at work before heading hom ...
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 9:02 pm
  • Our View: Bossy lawmakers pile on school mandates

    Bad habits are hard to break. Actions by the Illinois General Assembly prove the point.For years, le ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Reeder: Cronyism needs to end in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – In Illinois government, it’s often whom you know, not what you know, that gets you hired.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 8:47 pm
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    Sept. 22, 2014 - 8:44 pm
  • Miller: Rauner needs a bigger boat to win election

    Bruce Rauner reportedly had one of those bugs that were going around last week.I feel his pain. I wa ...
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 8:41 pm
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