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  • York: Obama opens fraud-ridden benefits program to illegal immigrants

    President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than a million, illegal immigrants eligible ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 9:50 pm
  • Our View: Remember nonprofits this holiday season

    Remembering the less fortunate during the holidays is at least as old as Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and Tiny Tim.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 9:50 pm
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    Dec. 19, 2014 - 9:49 pm
  • Our View: Celebrate the holidays responsibly

    Are you traveling somewhere for the holidays? You’re definitely not alone there.AAA estimates that m ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:56 pm
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    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Mattingly: Tiptoeing through the minefield of holiday symbols

    Anyone passing the Hoffman home in the Cincinnati suburbs during the holidays will see festive blue and white lights and an inflatable bear in the fro ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Another View: Banking on Washington

    As Washington was betraying regular Americans in favor of big banks, Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor last week to ask, “Who does Congress wo ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 7:08 pm
  • Lopez: The radical nature of love

    “Verdict is in: Pope Francis is a global rockstar,” one Twitter post declared. A recent Pew research report recently found that the pontiff had a posi ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 7:09 pm
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    Dec. 16, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Our View: Succeeding Topinka

    Judy Baar Topinka was known for cutting through the clutter and making smart, common-sense decisions.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Reeder: Why does Illinois subsidize professional sports teams owners?

    SPRINGFIELD – It appears Pat Quinn cleared the way for his 30-year-old campaign aide, Lou Bertuca, to start drawing a $160,000-year taxpayer-funded sa ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 9:23 pm
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    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Miller: Topinka was state's most human politician

    As you already know, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away last week.Topinka had a stroke the mo ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Letter: Different Perry filed objection to clerk candidate

    My name is David L. Perry. I am married to Arcie Perry and live at 1655 N. Edgewater Drive in Morris. I did not file objections against the nomination ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 8:37 pm
  • Letter: Amplified phones available for the hard of hearing

    To the Editor: ’Tis the season for talking with friends, family and, of course, Santa over the telep ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 8:38 pm
  • Reeder: Topinka liked people, but loved Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – It’s a question of macaroni or steak? That’s how Judy Baar Topinka explained the probl ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 8:37 pm
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    Dec. 12, 2014 - 8:31 pm
  • Our View: Judge's race shows election issues

    Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier won retention in November’s election.That’s hardly new ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 9:10 pm
  • Mattingly: Hollywood, Christmas movies and our secular advent

    The blitz begins while jack-o’-lanterns are fresh and Thanksgiving turkeys are still frozen: a manic parade of hip elves, sexy angels, reluctant Santa ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 9:10 pm
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    Dec. 11, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • Our View: Topinka unquestionably dedicated to public service

    Before she was a politician, Judy Baar Topinka was an award-winning journalist. Topinka, 70, died ea ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 8:24 pm
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    Dec. 10, 2014 - 7:27 pm
  • Lopez: Help for pregnant students

    “How can a scared, pregnant student, one probably racked with anxiety and facing a totally unplanned situation, find the resources and support she nee ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 7:26 pm
  • Another View: Empty threats vs. real immigration reform

    House Republicans once again find themselves choosing whether to govern or to make a point. Last year they embarked on a destined-to-fail effort to “d ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 9:31 pm
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    Dec. 9, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Reeder: Lame-duck sessions in Illinois should be eliminated

    SPRINGFIELD – When a tax hike is put in the hands of lame-duck lawmakers, taxpayers should expect to be goosed.
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 9:29 pm
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    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:06 pm
  • Millert: State minimum wage failure rests on officials involved

    Pretty much every Statehouse finger of blame was pointing north toward Chicago for the minimum wage hike bill’s failure during the legislative veto se ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:06 pm
  • York: Obama edict raises questions about illegal immigrants’ benefits

    When the Affordable Care Act was being written and debated, President Barack Obama took care to emphasize that no illegal immigrants would be eligible ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 8:05 pm
  • Our View: Congratulations to our state champions

    Football coaches will tell you their players start focusing on a state title from the first day of summer football camp, maybe even the first day they ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 7:57 pm
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    Dec. 5, 2014 - 7:54 pm
  • Another View: Violent speech on Facebook

    The United States protects free expression to a far greater extent than other liberal democracies. But even many free-speech advocates are uneasy abou ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 9:21 pm
  • Mattingly: St. Nicholas is returning to Manhattan

    When members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church celebrate their patron saint’s feast day on Dec. 6, they may be able to mark the occasion with pray ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 9:20 pm
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    Dec. 4, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Another View: Anti-smoking efforts working, but we can do better

    There is plenty of good news in the latest statistics on smoking released last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that d ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 8:46 pm
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    Dec. 3, 2014 - 8:37 pm
  • Our View: Let's keep shenanigans out of state government

    There is good news and bad news regarding state government during the past week.The bad news, of cou ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 8:37 pm
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    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • Reeder: There's always something to be thankful for

    SPRINGFIELD – There is no place more miserable to be on Thanksgiving Day than in a buffet line in a Las Vegas casino. Trust me. I’ve been there.
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Our View: Giving Tuesday a time to donate

    We’ve got a great idea as to what you can do with the money you saved from all those Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals you ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 9:08 pm
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    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:43 pm
  • Our View: Democracy worth the wait

    In an age of smartphones, instant gratification is the rule, not the exception.Want to communicate w ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:43 pm
  • York: With immigration action, Obama moves to cement his coalition

    As things stand now, President Obama will leave the White House with two legacies. The first legacy is historic: Obama will always be the nation’s fir ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:47 pm
  • Letter: Dr. Cumba – A Morris gem

    For the past 40 years, I have had the pleasure to witness Dr. Cesario Cumba wear many hats. My journey with him began when I was in first grade and me ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 8:26 pm
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    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Our View: Give thanks for your blessings

    Charles Dickens once wrote: “Reflect on your present blessings, on which every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Reeder: State Supreme Court holds future of Illinois in its hands

    SPRINGFIELD – A Sangamon County judge just snapped the first buckle on the state’s straight jacket last week.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:45 pm
  • Miller: After election, game is who is in, and who is out

    Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield “parlor” games (which usually are played not in parlors but in ta ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:05 pm
  • Our View: Shop local this holiday season

    We often pass up our local merchants in lieu of national chain stores. Maybe it’s the lure of lower prices.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:12 pm
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    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:05 pm
  • Our View: Happy days at gas pumps help economy

    The price of gasoline is a lot like the weather.Temperatures go up, they go down, weather extremes s ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 9:00 pm
  • York: Dem's path after Obamacare: Down, down, down

    There were 60 Democrats in the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009, when they voted in lockstep to pass the Affordable Care Act. Soon, there will be 46 Democ ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 9:00 pm
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    Nov. 21, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Letter: High school should change its name

    To the Editor:If I’m talking with friends and I unintentionally offend someone and they let me know, ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:29 pm
  • Mattingly: Is this Pope Catholic? The debate heats up

    With Catholic leaders still sweating after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family firestorm, Pope Francis has once again tried to cool things down — by ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:29 pm
  • Letter: Remember those less fortune this holiday season

    To the Editor:With Thanksgiving around the corner, I write to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable hol ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:29 pm
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    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:29 pm
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