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  • Letter: Please maintain funding for kidney dialysis

    To the Editor: As a Certified Technician for DaVita HealthCare Partners here in Morris, taxpayers ne ...
    May 28, 2015 - 10:09 pm
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    May 28, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Mattingly: Offending your church guests 101

    For generations, this greeting was included in the announcements during Sunday services in the typical American church.
    May 28, 2015 - 10:08 pm
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    May 27, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Lopez: The powers of free speech

    I ran into Kirsten Powers briefly in Washington, D.C., the other day, and afterward I thought to myself: "I hope she knows she is a profile in courage ...
    May 27, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Our View: State budget 'insanity' continues

    As the saying goes, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
    May 27, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Let GOP straw poll expire

    Iowa Republicans made major changes for this year’s straw poll, eliminating the pay-to-play practices of auctioning space for exorbitant fees. But the ...
    May 26, 2015 - 8:56 pm
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    May 26, 2015 - 8:56 pm
  • Reeder: Height of hypocrisy for Madigan

    SPRINGFIELD – “We need taller interns,” a statehouse wag told me my first year covering the Illinois Capitol.
    May 26, 2015 - 9:51 pm
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    May 25, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Miller: Lawmakers still worlds apart

    I spent the better part of Wednesday asking folks around the Statehouse if they had anything positive to tell me. I went looking for anything that mig ...
    May 25, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Our View: Keeping the spirit of Memorial Day alive

    Many Americans will have Monday off this week, and scores of people will use that day to gather with family and friends, barbecue and relax.
    May 23, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Guest View: Don’t turn out the lights on our most vulnerable citizens

    It’s a warm evening and the sun has just set as a fan gently carries a breeze across the room. Suddenly, the fan and lights go off. You can’t use your ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Liberty or Death

    To the Editor:Two decades ago I used to toss some of National Security Agency’s key search words int ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Layoffs needed to fix state’s financial woes

    To the Editor:Since the Illinois Supreme Court says pensions can’t be reduced, it’s time to start la ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:26 pm
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    May 23, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • We are God’s stewards

    To the Editor:I thought I heard it all until Republican Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma recently threw a ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • What don’t they understand?

    To the Editor:I’m reading an email update from a local Illinois senator. My question to our local po ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:25 pm
  • Scrap the Illiana

    To the Editor:Illinois’s transportation infrastructure is in serious trouble. As the article, “IDOT ...
    May 23, 2015 - 11:25 pm
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    May 21, 2015 - 7:59 pm
  • Striving to save Iraqi and Syrian churches

    The small chapel in ancient Dura, near the Euphrates River in western Syria, is not a spectacular historical site that tourists from around the world ...
    May 21, 2015 - 7:58 pm
  • Our View: Clock ticking for newbies to learn Open Meetings Act

    One of the positives to come out of the Gov. Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal of 2008-09 is greater attention to openness and transparency in Illino ...
    May 21, 2015 - 7:59 pm
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    May 20, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Consider graduation an opportunity

    It comes around every year, but it never gets old. It’s high school graduation time. A time to celebrate, reflect and prepare for the future.
    May 20, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Lopez: New day rising

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. – "I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least."It wasn't ...
    May 20, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Lawmakers need to pass the Illinois Law Carbon Portfolio Standard

    To the Editor:As mayor of the Village of Diamond I am reminded daily of the economic impact of the E ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Reeder: Political power plays on show in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD – Does the old dog have more bark or bite? It’s something I’ve wondered watching my family’s canines interact – and observing the Illinois ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:22 pm
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    May 18, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Another View: Shell's permit for drilling is risky business

    Environmentalists are reeling from the Obama administration’s decision to give conditional approval for Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. to drill for oil and ...
    May 18, 2015 - 10:27 pm
  • Miller: ‘Right to Work' vote puts some Republicans in a bind with unions

    Gov. Bruce Rauner had several House Republicans over to the Executive Mansion last week to ask them to vote “Present” when the House Democrats called ...
    May 18, 2015 - 10:17 pm
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    May 17, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • York: GOP better get used to 2016 field

    “As long as you’ve got enough money for gas, you can stay in the race,” says one veteran Iowa Republican operative of the sprawling 2016 presidential ...
    May 17, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Letter: Let's get involved

    To the editor:While ISIS shoots and beheads Christians all over the Middle East, the United States a ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Letter: Obama isn't a wonderful president

    To the Editor:The author of the recent letter to the editor praising the wonderful things President ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Letter: We must create a more just world

    To the Editor:I recently saw a photograph of a young boy, 10 to 14 years of age. He had a round face ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Letter: Sacrifices needed to get state in order

    To the Editor:Yes, it’s true, educators to continue preschool for our little kids.However, two ex-go ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Our View: Illinois should work within its means

    The demise of Illinois’ 2013 pension reform plan seemed like a foregone conclusion, and we’re not exactly mourning its passing.
    May 16, 2015 - 10:43 pm
  • Letter: Show modesty when feeding babies in public

    To the Editor:Today some people think they have “rights” to do anything in this free country. Well, ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:43 pm
  • Letter: Celebrate the lilacs

    To the Editor:It's Lilac time again. Hallelujah!If you're one of those privileged people who has a l ...
    May 16, 2015 - 10:43 pm
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    May 16, 2015 - 10:42 pm
  • Guest View: IDOT wants to work with public to meet transportation goals

    Transportation is the lifeblood of Illinois and the asset that distinguishes us from the rest of the country.
    May 16, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Mattingly: A sermon from Denzel Washington

    As often happens on a campus with strong religious ties, the commencement speaker began with a personal story about life and faith – with a hint of th ...
    May 14, 2015 - 9:43 pm
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  • Safeguard personal information actively

    How safe is your personal financial information?There are more than 1 billion credit, debit and prep ...
    May 14, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Reeder: Ruling on pensions is bad news

    SPRINGFIELD – Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.Government worker unions had their ...
    May 13, 2015 - 10:56 pm
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    May 13, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Another View: Mixed grades: The jobs report card offers little to brag about

    At first glance, the nation's jobs report for April, released Friday, appeared positive, until you looked below the surface – the already-disappointin ...
    May 13, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Our View: Don't allow repeat of NIU hazing death

    David Bogenberger was a 19-year-old freshman at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. On Nov. 1, 2012, he and 18 other Pi Kappa Alpha pledges were e ...
    May 12, 2015 - 9:29 pm
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    May 12, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Miller: Inside Rauner's secretive 'working groups'

    I recently obtained a document distributed by the governor’s office detailing the membership list, meeting times and locations of the secret state leg ...
    May 12, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Another View: Preparing for disasters foreseeable

    The earthquake that devastated Nepal almost two weeks ago is a reminder that while natural disasters cannot be precisely predicted, they can be forese ...
    May 11, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • DeRossett: Local government units trying to become less accountable, less transparent to taxpayers

    As state government scurries to fill a projected $8 billion deficit in the 2016 fiscal year budget, it would seem to make sense to move beyond success ...
    May 11, 2015 - 9:36 pm
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    May 11, 2015 - 9:26 pm
  • York: Time for Ben Carson to run a real race

    Ben Carson declared recently his presidential candidacy in Detroit. Not a minute too soon. The retir ...
    May 10, 2015 - 9:38 pm
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    May 10, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Letter: Proud of Gaming Association for support of those in need

    To the Editor:Illinois’ video gaming industry has always enjoyed a close link to local communities a ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Letter: Let Peterson keep his pension

    To the Editor:Taking away Drew Peterson’s pension will punish his kids more than him. Hasn’t he alre ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Letter: Smart people needed for smart lights

    To the Editor:The traffic lights at Jefferson Street and Caterpillar Drive must have been set up as ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Letter: TPP is dangerous

    To the Editor:The economic and political power of multinational corporations exceeds that of many Th ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Letter: Thank you from Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

    To the Editor:As we prepare for our 2015 spring season, here at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, we see the ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Letter: Let us not forget

    To the Editor:“The killing of police officers is not only the destruction of life but an attack on d ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Our View: Thanking mom for the start of our journey

    Long before Anna Jarvis campaigned in the early 20th century to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday, many individuals were familiar with these word ...
    May 9, 2015 - 11:15 pm
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  • Brazile: History will be no guide for 2016 race

    There are less than 80 weeks left until Election Day 2016. Political analysts are asking themselves whether Hillary Clinton can win another White Hous ...
    May 9, 2015 - 8:43 pm
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    May 7, 2015 - 9:30 pm
  • Our View: Reorganization should help history, tourism

    When new leaders take charge, things are bound to change. Supporters of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency are concerned about a change propose ...
    May 7, 2015 - 9:30 pm
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    May 6, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Twister survivors, board agree: Mirtoska is a hero

    The Ogle County Board has officially proclaimed the owner of Grubsteakers restaurant a hero.And why ...
    May 6, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Lopez: Celebrating a true American hero

    When Pope Francis comes to the United States in September, he will recognize Junipero Serra, founding father of the California missions, as a saint at ...
    May 6, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Reeder: Providing taxpayers with best value should be deciding factor in proposed measure

    SPRINGFIELD – In the parking lots of some union halls, you’ll still see the signs: “No foreign cars allowed.”
    May 5, 2015 - 10:49 pm
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    May 5, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Another View: Road-kill deer disposal need not be a huge ordeal

    With an annual state budget of about $35 billion, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to strike $700,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural R ...
    May 5, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Miller: Tough times ahead in Springfield

    The new legislative "working groups" designed to hammer out compromises on Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" finally began meeting in secret las ...
    May 4, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Another View: No excuse for IRS behavior

    More than 8 million times during the past few months, the Internal Revenue Service’s telephone system hung up on taxpayers who wanted help. Only 40 pe ...
    May 4, 2015 - 9:44 pm
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    May 3, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • York: 2016, yes, it’s early, but pay attention now

    It’s conventional wisdom that the 2016 Republican presidential race is at such an early stage that the polls don’t matter. They’re just a measurement ...
    May 3, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Letter: Hillary needs to fight income inequality

    To the Editor:I first voted in 1964. I voted for Goldwater and never anyone but Republican since. Ho ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Letter: New Olympic sport?

    To the Editor:Maybe White House fence jumping will be an Olympic event sometime.Raymond F. StoiberJo ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Letter: JJC should start a wrestling team

    To the Editor:Isn’t it time that Joliet Junior College start and develop a wrestling team?I find it ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Brazile: Removing the blinders

    Since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, we have witnessed over a dozen high profile officer-involved shooting cases and ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Letter: Time to move forward

    To the Editor:Having been a candidate for the Joliet City Council in District 3, I had the distinct ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Our View: IDOT hoping for an earful

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is hitting the road.It’s called the Illinois Infrastructur ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Letter: Manny and Floyd and have nothing on my daughter

    Dear Manny and Floyd,With all due respect to your intense training, macho posturing and scowling, I ...
    May 2, 2015 - 11:15 pm
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  • Schott: Time to get growing

    My goal last year, the first year as an adult that I’ve lived in a house with a yard I had to maintain, was to keep the lawn growing.
    May 2, 2015 - 11:51 pm
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    April 30, 2015 - 9:46 pm
  • Reeder: A look at the political career of Dan Walker

    SPRINGFIELD – Dan Walker, a man who served one term as Illinois’ governor and a second as federal inmate, died Wednesday in California, where he was s ...
    April 30, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • 5 months not enough for ex-Rep. Derrick Smith

    Federal prosecutors asked for four years in prison. Former state Rep. Derrick Smith got five months.
    April 30, 2015 - 9:46 pm
  • Can we move beyond ideology?

    Perhaps the scariest thing about humans is their profound discomfort with ambiguity, to have all the answers, and to demand that others believe exactl ...
    April 30, 2015 - 5:30 am