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    July 4, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Stay safe this Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our great country’s independence.In Grundy County, across ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Another View – Love thy planet: Pope Francis' bully pulpit on climate change

    Pope Francis, in his recent encyclical “Laudato Si,” aligned himself with the overwhelming scientific consensus on man-made climate change, affirming ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:00 pm
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    July 2, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Lopez: The power of radical forgiveness

    The power of love recently on display in Charleston, South Carolina, has been stunning. For a nation beset by hate in recent months, from one city to ...
    July 1, 2015 - 9:39 pm
  • Our View: Pawns in a giant statewide chess game

    The mighty struggle underway over the Illinois state budget is eerily similar to the game of chess. The comparison is both apt and sad.
    July 1, 2015 - 9:39 pm
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    July 1, 2015 - 9:39 pm
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    June 30, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • Reeder: Labor showdown looms

    SPRINGFIELD – The way Illinois handles negotiations with the largest union representing state workers always has been political.
    June 30, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • Another View: Wanted: Auditor with keen pencil

    Illinois Auditor General William Holland is retiring Dec. 31, and we – the residents of Illinois – all likely owe him a card and maybe flowers.
    June 29, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Miller: Madigan sends message to Chicago

    House Speaker Michael Madigan likes to send “messages.” He doesn’t often explain what those messages are, but last week’s surprising defeat of a bill ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:50 pm
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    June 29, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • York: Benghazi investigators ponder, is Hillary lying, or the State Department?

    Last March, when Hillary Clinton made her first public comments on the secret email system she maintained while secretary of state, she took care to s ...
    June 28, 2015 - 9:11 pm
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    June 28, 2015 - 9:11 pm
  • Ian Stewart, the new face of YMCA Health and Wellness

    MORRIS – There’s no question about it: Since moving into our new home, the Morris Community YMCA has left quite an impression on Wauponsee Street.
    June 28, 2015 - 9:06 pm
  • Rauner is not ‘for’ the state

    To the Editor:Your newspaper seems to be repeatedly promote Governor Rauner’s pro-business agenda ov ...
    June 27, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Kindness after tornado appreciated

    To the Editor:I would like to thank John and Cathy Dixon, owners of the Polka Dot in Braidwood, for ...
    June 27, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Don’t know which way scales of justice will tip

    To the Editor:Will County seems to have it’s own selected and unique system of logic and “justice.” ...
    June 27, 2015 - 11:03 pm
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    June 27, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Our View: Partisan bickering, lack of state budget threatens many

    Illinois schools will receive $269 million more from the State of Illinois in the coming school year after a school funding plan was signed into law W ...
    June 27, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Another View: Invest in America the beautiful

    What’s the price point of purple mountain majesty? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer – some double or even triple their ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Mattingly: For Southern Baptists, Mayberry is dead

    When the Rev. Russell Moore was a Baptist boy in Mississippi, he knew the culture around him had lots of unwritten rules.
    June 25, 2015 - 9:31 pm
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    June 25, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Reeder: Headed for a legislative showdown

    SPRINGFIELD – At the supper table the other night, my 9-year-old daughter, Grace, gave me a sad look and said, “Why are they closing the museum?”
    June 23, 2015 - 10:11 pm
  • Our View: Winds cannot sweep away generosity of community

    Mother Nature can be cruel in her unbiased ferocity when she chooses to unleash it.We’ve been here b ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:11 pm
  • Miller: Rauner's ad not as negative as expected

    Gov. Bruce Rauner’s much-anticipated TV ad isn’t as over-the-top negative as we might have thought it would be.
    June 22, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • SBA loans for Fairdale good sign

    We are pleased to see the federal Small Business Administration stepping up to offer low-interest loans to people, businesses and nonprofits affected ...
    June 22, 2015 - 9:35 pm
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    June 22, 2015 - 9:34 pm
  • York: For Hillary, a new Iraq War trap

    President Barack Obama’s decision to send 450 more American troops to Iraq has put Hillary Clinton in a tough spot. What will she say about the fight ...
    June 21, 2015 - 9:57 pm
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    June 21, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Litchfield: Freedom often exacts a heavy price on our families

    MORRIS – Freedom isn’t free.We’ve heard this phrase over and over again, on TV, in print in the news ...
    June 21, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • Bolingbrook’s fashion police on the march

    To the Editor:Concerning the Ed James special use permit and variance.Here come the good taste polic ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Letter: What has happened to our freedoms?

    To the Editor:I’m the homeless street minister with a dog who pushes the bike with three decorated c ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Letter: Teachers deserve more respect

    To the Editor:It doesn’t matter how many kids you have, I found a babysitting service that pays the ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:20 pm
  • Letter: A thanks to our educators

    To the Editor:I recently read an excellent cover story in the Herald-News honoring the well-deserved ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Brazile: Not lost, but found

    This is my third Father’s Day without my dad, Lionel.There isn’t a day that passes that I don’t thin ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:19 pm
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    June 20, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Our View: Congrats on improving transparency

    We often use this space to criticize state lawmakers for the job they’ve done running this state into the ground and failing to make tough decisions t ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • With Charleston, we mourn again

    So now we mourn.We mourn for nine men and women killed Wednesday during a prayer meeting at Emanuel ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:32 pm
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    June 18, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Mattingly: True evangelical left emerges

    One moment defined old-school evangelicalism more than any other: The altar-call ritual in which the Rev. Billy Graham urged sinners to come forward a ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Lopez: Nurses a crucial balm in hospital land

    “When you enter the hospital, you place your modesty in a little bag and leave it by the door. Then you pick it up when you go home.”
    June 17, 2015 - 11:47 pm
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    June 16, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Don’t prolong NASA’s dependence on Russia

    At the Group of Seven meeting in Germany last week, President Barack Obama was talking tough on Russia. He urged his fellow leaders to stand together ...
    June 16, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Reeder: Denny Hastert and the statue of limitations

    SPRINGFIELD – Know any living Illinois politicians who deserve a $500,000 statue?Yeah, I didn’t thin ...
    June 16, 2015 - 10:00 pm
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    June 15, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Miller: Rauner taking budget fights out of Springfield

    Gov. Bruce Rauner gave rip-roaring speeches in several Democratic legislative districts last week denouncing the state’s Democratic leadership. All of ...
    June 15, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Dispensary will be for medical purposes

    To the Editor:In response to the article "Dispensary Debate" that was in the Sunday, June 14, 2015, ...
    June 15, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • York: GOP rivals see opportunity in Hillary weakness

    At its most basic level, Hillary Clinton’s polling problem is pretty simple: Everybody knows her. Wh ...
    June 14, 2015 - 9:25 pm
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    June 14, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Schott: Making progress, one step at a time

    I ran into a problem last week that absolutely delighted me.My pants didn’t fit. And for the first t ...
    June 13, 2015 - 10:30 pm
  • Offers methods for funding the Rialto

    To the Editor:It appears the Rialto will always need additional funding every year.One method would ...
    June 13, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Problem brewing with marijuana and the ADA

    To the Editor:First let me say medical marijuana is a mistake in my opinion. The chemicals that crea ...
    June 13, 2015 - 9:02 pm
  • Veterans dedicated to our country

    To the Editor:For many months I needed to write about the 13 folds that are in our American Flag tha ...
    June 13, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Brazile: The truth pays off

    As Congress grapples with passing various appropriation bills before the end of the federal fiscal year in September, in most states of our Union, the ...
    June 13, 2015 - 10:53 pm
  • Our View: Tackle the state budget first, not last

    For years, the Illinois General Assembly has put off approving a state budget until the very end of its spring session.
    June 13, 2015 - 8:39 pm
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    June 13, 2015 - 8:39 pm
  • Another View: Give Herrin Massacre the treatment it deserves

    Herrin city officials have spent almost a century trying to ignore the mob-fueled massacre of June 21 and 22, 1922. Herrin must stop stone-walling and ...
    June 11, 2015 - 8:52 pm
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    June 11, 2015 - 8:52 pm
  • Mattingly: Doing the global Catholic math in 2015

    As economists like to say, when America sneezes, Europe catches a cold.When it comes to culture, the ...
    June 11, 2015 - 8:51 pm
  • Lopez: Gender, love and respect in our age

    At one point, there were upward of 50 gender options available for users to choose on Facebook. Things must have changed, because when I checked this ...
    June 10, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Our View: Swim smart, stay safe

    “Everyone into the pool.”It’s a phrase so often heard in the fast-approaching, good-ol’ summertime.“ ...
    June 10, 2015 - 9:29 pm
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    June 10, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Reeder: 'Ghost payrolling' not a good idea

    SPRINGFIELD – Way back, in 1973, then-Gov. Dan Walker hired a young Georgetown University graduate and others for his staff but paid them with money f ...
    June 9, 2015 - 9:23 pm
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    June 9, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Letter to the Editor: Someone needs to stand up to Rauner’s bullying, use of threats

    To the Editor: Gov. Bruce Rauner is correct when he says he was elected to help fix the state's fina ...
    June 10, 2015 - 12:09 pm
  • Another View: Privacy fight is far from over

    To the Editor:Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed lawsuit reform legislation that is a key part of his “Tur ...
    June 8, 2015 - 9:41 pm
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    June 8, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Miller: Warring political parties in Springfield don't get it

    After five months, you’d think the warring parties at the Illinois Statehouse would have learned something about each other. Instead, last week’s bitt ...
    June 8, 2015 - 9:33 pm
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    June 7, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • York: If Hillary becomes president, who will make her follow the law?

    Last year, before Hillary Clinton’s secret email system became publicly known, Congress passed a law to keep presidents from trying the same trick. If ...
    June 7, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Guest View: Appreciates ‘yes’ votes on health care bill

    On behalf of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center and its patients, employees and Board of Directors, I want to express our deep appreciation to state ...
    June 6, 2015 - 11:22 pm