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  • 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
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    April 29, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Lopez: American people need room for agreement

    Dana Perino, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush and co-host of the Fox News Channels “The Five,” makes a plea for civilit ...
    April 29, 2015 - 9:54 pm
  • Letter: Thank you for supporting Head Start

    To the Editor:The mission of the Two Rivers Head Start Agency is to alleviate the effects of poverty ...
    April 28, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Reeder: Nonviolent offenders push state prison capacity

    SPRINGFIELD – I hurried onto the train Thursday, glanced down at my boarding pass and saw I was seated next to a newly released inmate.
    April 28, 2015 - 11:01 pm
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    April 28, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Letter: Oppose proposed location for medical marijuana dispensary

    To the Editor:I am writing to ask that local residents sign our petition to stop the Medical Marijua ...
    April 27, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Miller: Why isn't Speaker Madigan voting on bills?

    A couple weeks ago, I started noticing House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn’t voting on most legislation during his chamber’s floor debates. Madigan was ...
    April 27, 2015 - 9:37 pm
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  • York: Why is the 2016 Democratic candidate field so old?

    There are five Democrats who have either declared or are thinking about running for president. Three – Joe Biden, Bernard Sanders and Jim Webb – will ...
    April 26, 2015 - 9:27 pm
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    April 26, 2015 - 9:12 pm
  • Our View: Pass the pie, then fix the state

    Food fans will love what the Illinois House cooked up earlier this month.Pumpkin pie was voted as th ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:21 pm
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    April 25, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Brazile: The poor prefer King Crab?

    We all have our stereotypes. They circulate because each contains a kernel of truth. We’ve all known a heavy person who is jolly. But are all heavy pe ...
    April 25, 2015 - 11:20 pm
  • Sacraments vs. state marriage licenses come to a head

    Father Patrick Henry Reardon’s note to his flock at Chicago’s All Saints Orthodox Church was short and simple – yet a sign of how complicated life is ...
    April 23, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • Another View: Payday loans need stiff regulation from Congress

    Payday lending is based on a business model that earns profit from making high-interest loans to poor Americans who often can’t pay them back. A new p ...
    April 23, 2015 - 9:37 pm
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    April 23, 2015 - 9:36 pm
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    April 22, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Not enough progress on VA wait times

    It’s unacceptable that a year after a scandal broke wide open at the Department of Veterans Affairs over wait times at VA medical facilities and other ...
    April 22, 2015 - 9:38 pm
  • Lopez: Assisted suicide’s grave implications

    “It’s scary and it knocks the breath out of you.” Maggie Karner is not unrealistic or “romantic” abo ...
    April 22, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Another View: Rising teen use of e-cigarettes is a perilous trend

    There’s one bit of good news in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest survey on teenage smoking – only 9.2 percent of teens in 2014 ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Reeder: Madigan values power over adherence to particular philosophy

    SPRINGFIELD – One of the questions I get asked most often as an Illinois political reporter is: “What is Mike Madigan really like?”
    April 21, 2015 - 11:13 pm
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    April 21, 2015 - 9:26 pm
  • Our View: Not the right bill or time

    Illinois’ outdated school funding formula needs an overhaul. That, we acknowledge.The Education Trus ...
    April 20, 2015 - 9:42 pm
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    April 19, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Will 2016 really be a foreign policy election?

    There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that the 2016 presidential race, once predicted to be mostly about economic issues, will instead be dominated ...
    April 19, 2015 - 9:44 pm
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    April 16, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Mattingly: ‘Little Boy’ movie fights big labels

    Voters at the Toronto International Film Festival created a stir in 2006 when they gave the long-shot drama “Bella” the People’s Choice Award, a prest ...
    April 16, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Guest View: Human Service investments make fiscal sense

    While granted a small reprieve for FY 2015, human service programs across the state once again will face significant cuts in the state budget as Illin ...
    April 15, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • Lopez: Easter abroad and at home

    “ISIS is an army of the devil,” the Rev. Dankbar Issa, a Chaldean monk, tells the charity group Aid to the Church in Need. “There is no other explanat ...
    April 15, 2015 - 11:19 pm
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    April 14, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Be prepared for severe weather, Grundy County

    Last week’s EF4 tornado tore through northern Illinois with little regard for anything in its path.
    April 14, 2015 - 9:27 pm
  • Reeder: EDGE program needs to end

    SPRINGFIELD – When it comes to business, Illinois government has churned out more sweetheart deals over the last decade than a lovelorn teenager on Va ...
    April 14, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Our View: A somber Lincoln anniversary

    On this day 150 years ago, John Wilkes Booth sneaked into Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., and shot President Abraham Lincoln.
    April 13, 2015 - 9:40 pm
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    April 10, 2015 - 10:17 pm
  • Does anyone care about what happens in our community?

    To the Editor:April 7 saw a despicably low voter turnout of less than 20 percent in Channahon. I rea ...
    April 10, 2015 - 10:17 pm
  • Our View: After election, don't forget the public

    To those who came up short in Tuesday’s election, thank you for being willing to serve and putting your name before the voters. We hope that if circum ...
    April 9, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Mattingly: Year 27, the monsignor's long debate with the gray lady

    Monsignor Daniel S. Hamilton recognizes a source of doctrinal authority when he sees one – which is why he pays such close attention to The New York T ...
    April 9, 2015 - 9:31 pm
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    April 8, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Lopez: Persecuted Christians abroad have lessons for us all

    Every presidential candidate should meet persecuted Christians.As a political firestorm broke loose ...
    April 8, 2015 - 9:32 pm
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    April 7, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Reeder: State’s business climate contributes to closures

    SPRINGFIELD – Ever read a news story that gives you a sinking feeling because it just hits too close to home?
    April 7, 2015 - 11:10 pm
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    April 6, 2015 - 9:26 pm
  • Letter: Thank you, Morris, from 3 French Hens

    To the Community of Morris,The 3 French Hens French Country Market would like to thank the community ...
    April 3, 2015 - 10:14 pm
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    April 3, 2015 - 10:14 pm
  • Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus

    Note to readers: On Easter Sunday, we reprint this passage from the Gospel of John, Chapter 20 (English Standard Version.)
    April 3, 2015 - 10:14 pm