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  • Another View: The VA secretary should know the importance of not lying about one's service — right?

    Really? The secretary of Veterans Affairs?Surely there is no one who should better understand how of ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 9:20 pm
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    Feb. 26, 2015 - 9:19 pm
  • Blasphemy iceberg bigger than Hebdo

    The drama began when a Pakistani politician named Salman Taseer criticized the land’s blasphemy laws that were being used to condemn Asia Bibi, a Chri ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 9:19 pm
  • Lopez: Christianity in death and life

    Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were slaughtered on a beach in Libya. And even in his mourning, the brother of two of them gave thanks.
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:09 pm
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    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Reeder: University administrators have misplaced priorities

    SPRINGFIELD – Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a budget that trimmed funding for state universities.
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 9:41 pm
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    Feb. 24, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Another View: Would-be Mars explorers display courage beyond words

    It’s good, in times like these, to be reminded of the human spirit – of its capacity for wonder and courage.
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 8:29 pm
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    Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Miller: Rauner's budget comes with its own 'booby traps'

    After he was elected but before he was sworn in to office, Bruce Rauner repeatedly lambasted Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislative Democrats for passing ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • York: Scott Walker’s bumpy evolution education

    It’s almost as if Scott Walker knew he could get in trouble just by traveling to London. In the U.K. ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:18 pm
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    Feb. 20, 2015 - 10:19 pm
  • Don’t leave map drawing to those who will benefit

    The turmoil has partially subsided over a Chicago Little League team whose national title was taken away by Little League International.
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 9:46 pm
  • Another View: Drone regulations need more privacy protections

    The first time a drone flies over a Silicon Valley neighborhood it will be a novelty. The second, third and fourth flyovers will generate legitimate q ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 9:42 pm
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    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Mattingly: Americans still confused about the many different Islams

    A week after 9/11, President George W. Bush told a hurting nation: “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all ab ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 9:46 pm
  • Lopez: Only love can unbreak your heart

    Elizabeth Santorum was 17 years old when her sister, Bella, was born. In a new book, “Bella’s Gift,” she wrote with her parents, Rick and Karen, she r ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Another View: Homeland insecurity: Congress playing a dangerous game with Americans' safety

    Congressional Republicans bungled just about every chance to take action on immigration reform. President Barack Obama, eventually, took action on imm ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 9:52 pm
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    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:38 pm
  • Reeder: 'Fair-share' challenge has to worry union bosses

    SPRINGFIELD – Should anyone be compelled to support a political cause they don’t believe in?That’s t ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:37 pm
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    Feb. 16, 2015 - 10:13 pm
  • Miller: What is Rauner’s end game with Illinois unions?

    More than a few Statehouse types have been wondering aloud for weeks what Gov. Bruce Rauner is up to with his almost daily attacks on organized labor. ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 10:09 pm
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    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:45 pm
  • York: Jeb Bush crafts gentler candidacy

    When Bushes run for president, they portray themselves as more caring, more gentle and more compassionate than their sometimes heartless and harshly i ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • Our View: Time to cancel medical drama

    Illinois has a new spin-off from the hit TV series “The Walking Dead.”No, it’s not the “Driving Dead ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:19 pm
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    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Mattingly: NASCAR, NPR at prayer brunch

    In terms of the worldviews that drive American life, the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast was a head-on collision between NASCAR and NPR.
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:31 pm
  • Lopez: Obama's religious hypocrisy

    “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed t ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 10:02 pm
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    Feb. 11, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Letter: Thank you for support to Nettle Creek

    To the Editor: On the evening of Saturday, Jan. 10, the Nettle Creek School PTO held its third annua ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 9:46 pm
  • Reeder: What's the college degree’s value?

    SPRINGFIELD – Americans care too little about education and too much about diplomas. Here in Springf ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 10:24 pm
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    Feb. 10, 2015 - 10:19 pm
  • Another View: Airlines use mood-altering air fresheners

    For cats and dogs that don’t like to travel, pet owners can buy “calming” sprays to ramp down anxiety. Now airlines are doing the same thing to their ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 10:39 pm
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    Feb. 9, 2015 - 8:57 pm
  • Miller: Rough waters ahead for the state

    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a governor openly and loudly laughed at on the House floor. At least not while he was present.
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 8:56 pm
  • York: Public opinion left out of picture in Obama immigration drive

    Gallup recently asked adults around the country a very simple question about immigration: Are you satisfied, or dissatisfied, with the level of immigr ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 6:10 pm
  • Our View: Change focus on term limits

    The knee-jerk reaction of those who support term limits in Illinois might be to see House Bill 257 and throw their full support behind the latest feel ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 6:09 pm
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    Feb. 6, 2015 - 6:08 pm
  • Mattingly: 10 big trends in a century of Protestantism

    Whatever was happening inside that “tumble-down shack” of a church at 321 Azusa St. in Los Angeles, the local newspaper’s editorial powers that be nei ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:24 pm
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  • Another View: The right path forward for the Internet is public utility classification

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler finally confirmed Wednesday his proposal to protect high-speed Internet service for all America ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Our View: New plan evident in Rauner's speech

    New Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first State of the State address was a different take on the real state of things in the Land of Lincoln.
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 8:29 pm
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    Feb. 4, 2015 - 8:30 pm
  • Lopez: Use your freedom of choice

    In recent months, I’ve interviewed a flower shop owner in Washington state and a baker in Colorado who have found themselves in legal fights involving ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 8:23 pm
  • Another View: Government watches where you drive

    In the post-9/11 world, our government spies on us. A once-unfathomable concept has now become almost expected for the average American. Many rational ...
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 8:54 pm
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    Feb. 3, 2015 - 8:53 pm
  • Reeder: The words 'right-to-work' shouldn't scare Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Well, the apocalypse is upon us.At least, that’s what you’d think if you listen to som ...
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 8:53 pm
  • Miller: Race for comptroller in 2016 already filled with speculation

    State Sen. Daniel Biss appears to be the first Democrat to actively float his name for the 2016 special election for state comptroller.
    Feb. 2, 2015 - 7:52 pm
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    Feb. 2, 2015 - 7:46 pm
  • Our View: Measuring an issue's importance

    The other day in Chicago, Gov. Bruce Rauner said something simple and profound: “We can’t manage what we don’t measure.”
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 9:51 pm
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    Jan. 30, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • York: Obama trolls, talks trash with a purpose

    Politically, President Barack Obama has never been weaker, after losing both House and Senate. At the same time, he has never talked tougher. There is ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Mattingly: Ignoring religion can be dangerous

    For more than a century, Western diplomats and scholars were sure of one thing: that religion’s role in world affairs would decline as humanity evolve ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 9:12 pm
  • Another View: Improving international responses to Ebola epidemics

    The latest World Health Organization statistics indicate that Ebola infection rates are plummeting across West Africa. With 710 new cases confirmed in ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 9:12 pm
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    Jan. 29, 2015 - 9:12 pm
  • Lopez: Life and love on the march

    “I wouldn’t have even considered abortion if it weren’t legal.”A woman was speaking about her own ex ...
    Jan. 28, 2015 - 8:40 pm
  • Letter: Don't reduce state funding of Human Service organizations

    To the Editor:Since the election of Bruce Rauner as governor, there has been much speculation regard ...
    Jan. 28, 2015 - 8:40 pm
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    Jan. 28, 2015 - 8:40 pm