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  • 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    Illinois’ outdated school funding formula needs an overhaul.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 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 15, 2015 - 9:14 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
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    April 2, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Another View: Rare Boehner-Pelosi health care compromise deserves applause

    Wonder of wonders: House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi compromised on crucial health care legislation last week for the good o ...
    April 2, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Mattingly: Lyle Schaller, the church doctor in changing times

    All pastors know that there are legions of “Easter Christians” who make it their tradition to dress up once a year and touch base with God.
    April 2, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Letter: Vermillion asks for your vote

    To the Editor:Putting myself through college, I learned the true value of education, responsibility ...
    April 1, 2015 - 9:39 pm
  • Lopez: Suicide is never painless

    “One day the story of my young daughter will be made beautiful in her living because she witnessed my dying.”
    April 1, 2015 - 10:54 pm
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    April 1, 2015 - 9:36 pm
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    March 31, 2015 - 9:36 pm
  • Reeder: Are right-to-work zones the next Overton Window in Illinois?

    SPRINGFIELD – What is the Overton Window?It’s a political theory that there is a range of ideas the ...
    March 31, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Miller: Schock’s breathtaking downfall

    Congressman Aaron Schock’s resignation is not only a blow to national Republicans, for whom Schock raised millions, but also to Illinois Republicans.
    March 30, 2015 - 9:29 pm
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    March 30, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • These races matter

    If you’re one of those people who gets annoyed every election cycle at the admonishments to go out and vote because you don’t care, you’re never going ...
    March 27, 2015 - 10:07 pm
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    March 27, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • York: Tech giants want cheap labor in foreign workers

    Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, believes passionately that the United States needs more skilled foreign workers. He has long advocated increasing the num ...
    March 27, 2015 - 9:51 pm