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    July 21, 2014 - 9:39 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 - 9:39 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 - 8:37 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 - 8:37 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 - 10:00 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 - 9:47 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 - 8:46 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 - 8:26 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 - 8:33 pm
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    July 9, 2014 - 8:26 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 - 9:29 pm
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    July 7, 2014 - 9:12 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
  • Our View: Senate should OK energy bill

    The federal government, through the U.S. Department of Energy, has preached energy conservation for years.
    July 2, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • West: Saving the border when the calvary isn't coming

    About those 300 U.S. military advisers that the Obama administration has ordered to Iraq.They belong ...
    July 2, 2014 - 9:33 pm
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    July 2, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Our View: Stay safe on the Fourth

    As far as birthday celebrations go, the Fourth of July is usually one of the best of the year. The F ...
    July 1, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Reeder: Harris takes a stand for her son

    Pam Harris is just a Lake County mom looking after her disabled adult son. She’s not a particularly ...
    July 1, 2014 - 9:15 pm
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    July 1, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Miller: Rauner cannot risk being ‘Trumped’ by Gov. Quinn

    It occurred to me when I was in Chicago the other day that the media furor about billionaire mogul Donald Trump’s insistence that he be allowed to han ...
    June 30, 2014 - 8:36 pm
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    June 30, 2014 - 8:32 pm
  • Our View: Those who serve deserve the best we can give

    The recent deaths of Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen Hancock, 20, of Coal City, and U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen, 19, of Mokena, are sober reminders that ser ...
    June 27, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • York: Not so fast on the Obamacare ‘good news’

    To hear administration officials and their supporters in the press tell it, this is a great time for Obamacare. People who signed up for coverage are ...
    June 27, 2014 - 8:51 pm
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    June 27, 2014 - 8:46 pm
  • Letter: Take precautions if you have ash trees

    Regarding the article in the June 19 edition of the Morris Daily Herald on Emerald Ash Borers, which indicated the EABs are coming, I have to disagree ...
    June 26, 2014 - 9:58 pm
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    June 26, 2014 - 9:48 pm
  • Mattingly: Clergy, temptation, minors and the law

    Surely one of our world’s most endangered species – up there with the mountain gorilla or the Sumatran tiger – is the church “ministerius youthii.”
    June 26, 2014 - 9:49 pm
  • Our View: Take steps to increase voting

    Voting is the most basic principle of democracy. Yet, very few people exercise their right to vote. ...
    June 25, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • West: Keeping the liberal world order

    Are the neocons going home? By “neocons,” I refer to followers of the hawkish foreign policy school ...
    June 25, 2014 - 9:58 pm
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    June 25, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Reeder: They don’t write no good no more

    A bit of hay is being made, over a grammar error that will appear on the ballot this November. It se ...
    June 24, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Another View: Starbucks brews college educations

    A college degree for cappuccinos? That could become a reality for workers at Starbucks, which announced a partnership last week with Arizona State Uni ...
    June 24, 2014 - 8:46 pm
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    June 24, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Miller: State's media has fallen for spin on Board of Elections

    Almost 90 percent of the “Yes for Independent Maps” petition entries tossed as invalid by the Illinois State Board of Elections this month were for pe ...
    June 23, 2014 - 9:38 pm
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    June 23, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Letter: Dwight village needs to remember those affected by people who drive drunk

    I am writing in regards to the recent announcement that a Dwight police officer, recently convicted of driving under the influence, has been reinstate ...
    June 24, 2014 - 12:16 pm
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