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  • Mattingly: Now and at the hour of our death

    When a believer is immersed in the rosary, the familiar phrases of the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Doxology find a soft rhythm, as clicking b ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:25 pm
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    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Our View: Good people stop bullying

    We approve of a new state law requiring school districts to have bullying and prevention plans in place, although it’s disappointing if any Illinois s ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:25 pm
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    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • Another View: Good nutrition deserves the old college try

    Just in time for the millions of young people who have returned to college comes a study in The Journal of Nutrition that warns of the health risks of ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • West: Holder is leading the rush to judgment

    One thing an old Ivy League revolutionary can’t stand is people noticing that he represents the Establishment. That he embodies the System to a point ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:50 pm
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    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Our View: Update state’s aging technology

    Illinois state government is in trouble again.This time, the inspector general for the U.S. Departme ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Reeder: Nostalgic for rotary phone, simpler time

    SPRINGFIELD – I bought a “new” phone the other day. My 6-year-old, Anna, gave it a perplexed look. “ ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:33 pm
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    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Miller: Support for wage hike may increase voter turnout in November

    Recent Chicago Tribune poll results appear to indicate that support for raising the minimum wage in the state’s largest city may be enough to increase ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:31 pm
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    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • Another View: Foley's murder exposes militants' evil

    Those who serve as foreign correspondents in dangerous places are often asked: “Why would you put yourself in harm’s way?”
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:09 pm
  • York: Gloomy, frantic Democrats plead for more money

    I’ve been getting a lot of emails from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November’s elections.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:09 pm
  • Another view: New warden welcome; federal funding is, too

    With not a little fanfare, Donald Hudson was introduced at a Monday news conference in Thomson as the new warden for Thomson Correctional Center.
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:19 pm
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    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:16 pm
  • Mattingly: West struggles to see threat to Eastern church

    At first glance, there was a bizarre gap in the proclamation Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued as his forces rolled to victory after vi ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:12 pm
  • Another View: Politicians’ spats don’t belong in the courts

    Even in the no-holds-barred world of Texas politics, the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry last week was a low blow. A grand jury in Austin, a Democratic ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:45 pm
  • Lopez: Highway to the danger zone

    Remember MacGyver? He was the fictional television secret agent of 1980s television who would get out of world-threatening jams using only duct tape a ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:25 pm
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    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:26 pm
  • Reeder: Choice in a child’s education ought to be up to the parent

    I was chatting the other day with a fellow who, along with his wife, home-school his children. We jo ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Letter: The importance of education

    It’s that time of year; students of all ages are headed back to school. Today, eight out of 10 Illin ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Another View: Perry’s indictment damages governor and the state

    For a long time, Texas Gov. Rick Perry walked too fine a line between politics and policy. It caught up with him late last week.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:19 pm
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    Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Miller: Lack of coverage of Edgar at State Fair perplexing

    I’m not sure why, but the surprise appearance by former Gov. Jim Edgar at the Illinois State Fair’s Republican Day last week didn’t generate much medi ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:41 pm
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    Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:41 pm
  • Our View: Authors’ ideas may help ex-senator at RTA

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Republican from Hinsdale, stepped down from the Senate the other day. We ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • York: Obamacare getting more unpopular as time passes

    Democrats have long believed Obamacare would become more popular once it was fully in place and Americans got a chance to see it up close. So why is O ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
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    Aug. 15, 2014 - 8:29 pm
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    Aug. 14, 2014 - 8:19 pm
  • Another View: The responsibility part of corporate 'personhood'

    An ongoing trial in Georgia might or might not set any legal precedents, but it very well might be making a kind of history.
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 8:19 pm
  • Mattingly: The dark side of fun funerals

    For centuries, religious believers have held solemn funeral rites that were then followed by social events that, in some cultures, could get pretty li ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 8:23 pm
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    Aug. 13, 2014 - 9:04 pm
  • West: Afghanistan becoming more hazardous to U.S. troops

    There is something deeply shameful about the official American response to the unprecedented gunning down of a U.S. Army two-star general by an Afghan ...
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 9:09 pm
  • Reeder: Cow made of fat perfectly illustrates state government

    SPRINGFIELD – My daughter tugged on my hand and said, “Come on, Dad, let’s see the butter cow.” So w ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • Our View: Best wishes for a fabulous school year

    Spring is usually considered a time of hope and renewal.But we can’t help but think that right now, ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:46 pm
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    Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:44 pm
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    Aug. 11, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Miller: What the heck happened in this case against a state lawmaker?

    As you probably know by now, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago has agreed to drop all felony charges against Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-C ...
    Aug. 11, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Our View: Don't give up on consolidation plan

    Let’s hope this year is the last one in which Illinois voters will elect a comptroller and treasurer to statewide office.
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 10:04 pm
  • Another View: CIA torture report needs to be released

    More than a year and a half ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved a voluminous report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation of suspected ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • Pope Francis continuing church revival

    From day one in the Pope Francis era, the so-called insiders who do so much to shape public opinion have said “conservatives” – inside the Vatican and ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:34 pm
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    Aug. 7, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • West: A dystopian tale without impeachment

    How will future generations look back on our gravest national emergency of all time? And how will they regard what their forebears didn’t do about it?
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 9:47 pm
  • Another View: Too many Americans are facing debt collectors

    Americans’ apparent indifference to debt appears, at last, to be waning.Data show that credit card b ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 9:44 pm
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    Aug. 6, 2014 - 9:40 pm
  • Our View: Public’s help needed to stop elder abuse

    Reports of abuse and neglect of the elderly have become more common, and the trend seems only likely to continue as members of the baby boom generatio ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 8:56 pm
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    Aug. 5, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Reeder: State fair finances burden Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Twenty years ago the state implemented reforms designed to make the Illinois State Fair break even.
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 8:58 pm
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    Aug. 4, 2014 - 9:52 pm
  • Miller: Positive Quinn campaign ad not likely to change minds

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s new TV ad is 60 seconds of one positive message after another.“Pat Quinn sees probl ...
    Aug. 4, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • 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
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