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  • Another View: Obama must end the public information barriers

    Mr. President, you have a public information problem. Again. Several months ago, journalism organizations complained about a lack of access for news p ...
    July 11, 2014 - 9:59 pm
  • York: Is there a patriotism gap?

    Despite prolonged economic troubles, deep political divisions, headaches abroad, and a sense that the country is on the wrong track, the heartening ne ...
    July 11, 2014 - 10:00 pm
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    July 11, 2014 - 9:48 pm
  • Another View: Boehner v. Obama – a complicated situation

    House Republican Speaker John Boehner says he’s so upset about President Barack Obama’s use of signing statements to challenge laws he and his GOP maj ...
    July 10, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Mattingly: Churches face challenges in reaching young Americans

    When leaders of traditional faith groups think about reaching out to Millennials, religious seekers, unaffiliated “Nones” and other postmodern young A ...
    July 10, 2014 - 9:07 pm
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    July 10, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • West: Democrats see 'unaccompanied alien minors' as a golden opportunity

    There is one thing we can predict about the tens of thousands of “minor aliens” crashing our southern border. If permitted to stay in this country and ...
    July 9, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Another View: Public can help fill online Wall honoring Vietnam vets

    The wider public perception of Vietnam War veterans has taken a 180-degree turn since the 1960s and ’70s when protesters marched against the war and v ...
    July 9, 2014 - 8:32 pm
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    July 9, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Reeder: Indiana economy outperforming Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – For every one job Illinois has created during the last decade, Indiana has created 35, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor S ...
    July 8, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Our View: Al the Pal will be missed

    What did former U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon, who died Sunday at the age of 86, do for you?For starters, ...
    July 8, 2014 - 9:12 pm
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    What did former U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon, who died Sunday at the age of 86, do for you?For starters, ...
    July 8, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Miller: Radical thinking needed to solve state’s pension woes

    In a sweeping 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court last week struck down an attempt to force government retirees to pay more for their subsidized ...
    July 7, 2014 - 9:30 pm
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    July 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • Our View: Power to the people

    If Illinois’ political leaders were half as good at solving our state’s problems as they are at keeping voters from having their voices heard, our sta ...
    July 4, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • York: Democrats struggle to show anti-Koch campaigning amendment is ‘reasonable’

    While much of Washington grapples with international crises, chronic economic troubles and upcoming midterm elections, Senate Democrats are steadily p ...
    July 4, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Our View: Senate should OK energy bill

    The federal government, through the U.S. Department of Energy, has preached energy conservation for years.
    July 2, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • West: Saving the border when the calvary isn't coming

    About those 300 U.S. military advisers that the Obama administration has ordered to Iraq.They belong ...
    July 2, 2014 - 9:33 pm
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    July 2, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Our View: Stay safe on the Fourth

    As far as birthday celebrations go, the Fourth of July is usually one of the best of the year. The F ...
    July 1, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Reeder: Harris takes a stand for her son

    Pam Harris is just a Lake County mom looking after her disabled adult son. She’s not a particularly ...
    July 1, 2014 - 9:15 pm
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    July 1, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • Miller: Rauner cannot risk being ‘Trumped’ by Gov. Quinn

    It occurred to me when I was in Chicago the other day that the media furor about billionaire mogul Donald Trump’s insistence that he be allowed to han ...
    June 30, 2014 - 8:36 pm
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    June 30, 2014 - 8:32 pm
  • Our View: Those who serve deserve the best we can give

    The recent deaths of Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen Hancock, 20, of Coal City, and U.S. Army Pfc. Aaron Toppen, 19, of Mokena, are sober reminders that ser ...
    June 27, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • York: Not so fast on the Obamacare ‘good news’

    To hear administration officials and their supporters in the press tell it, this is a great time for Obamacare. People who signed up for coverage are ...
    June 27, 2014 - 8:51 pm
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    June 27, 2014 - 8:46 pm
  • Letter: Take precautions if you have ash trees

    Regarding the article in the June 19 edition of the Morris Daily Herald on Emerald Ash Borers, which indicated the EABs are coming, I have to disagree ...
    June 26, 2014 - 9:58 pm
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    June 26, 2014 - 9:48 pm
  • Mattingly: Clergy, temptation, minors and the law

    Surely one of our world’s most endangered species – up there with the mountain gorilla or the Sumatran tiger – is the church “ministerius youthii.”
    June 26, 2014 - 9:49 pm
  • Our View: Take steps to increase voting

    Voting is the most basic principle of democracy. Yet, very few people exercise their right to vote. ...
    June 25, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • West: Keeping the liberal world order

    Are the neocons going home? By “neocons,” I refer to followers of the hawkish foreign policy school ...
    June 25, 2014 - 9:58 pm
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    June 25, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • Reeder: They don’t write no good no more

    A bit of hay is being made, over a grammar error that will appear on the ballot this November. It se ...
    June 24, 2014 - 8:47 pm
  • Another View: Starbucks brews college educations

    A college degree for cappuccinos? That could become a reality for workers at Starbucks, which announced a partnership last week with Arizona State Uni ...
    June 24, 2014 - 8:46 pm
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    June 24, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Miller: State's media has fallen for spin on Board of Elections

    Almost 90 percent of the “Yes for Independent Maps” petition entries tossed as invalid by the Illinois State Board of Elections this month were for pe ...
    June 23, 2014 - 9:38 pm
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    June 23, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Letter: Dwight village needs to remember those affected by people who drive drunk

    I am writing in regards to the recent announcement that a Dwight police officer, recently convicted of driving under the influence, has been reinstate ...
    June 24, 2014 - 12:16 pm
  • York: GOP agenda on hold after Cantor’s loss

    It’s only natural that a who’s-up-and-who’s-down leadership struggle would consume House Republicans after the stunning primary defeat of Majority Lea ...
    June 20, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • Our view: Politicos high on patronage

    Investors around the state are making moves to get involved in the marijuana business while they wait for the state’s new medical marijuana law to tak ...
    June 20, 2014 - 8:51 pm
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    June 20, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Our View: Voter behavior put to the test

    Those who study biology eventually learn about the Harvard Law of Animal Behavior.Simply put, the la ...
    June 19, 2014 - 8:05 pm
  • Mattingly: Sobering words define a priest’s short life

    As sermons go, it was not the kind of pulpit performance that – when it was given – created a buzz in the pews.
    June 19, 2014 - 8:14 pm
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    June 19, 2014 - 8:04 pm
  • Another view: Point finger at Maliki

    Politics being what they are in this country, it was predictable that Democrats and Republicans would point fingers at each other when Sunni insurgent ...
    June 18, 2014 - 10:07 pm
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    June 18, 2014 - 10:05 pm
  • West: Obama allowing foreign invasion of immigrant youth

    It isn’t that the barbarians are at the gate. The barbarians control the gate. I don’t know what else to call a president and attorney general who hav ...
    June 18, 2014 - 10:06 pm
  • Reeder: Illinois’ culture of corruption continues

    SPRINGFIELD – Well, another state legislator is heading to prison. You won’t hear much outrage in Sp ...
    June 17, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Our View: Motorcycle safety must be stressed

    Last weekend’s tragic motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of a Mokena man offers a sad reminder of the need to be extra cautious on area roadw ...
    June 17, 2014 - 9:29 pm
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    June 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Miller: Rauner’s math on proposed budget cuts not adding up

    “Today, I laid out more than $1 billion in structural reforms,” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner boasted to his supporters via a blast ...
    June 16, 2014 - 9:11 pm
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  • York: What if Obama disobeys the law on another Guantanamo release?

    We’ve all heard that the law requires the administration to give Congress 30 days notice before releasing prisoners from the U.S. terrorist detention ...
    June 13, 2014 - 9:30 pm
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    June 13, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Another View: The fall of the House of Cantor? Hardly

    From all the hand-wringing over soon-to-be-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s astonishing defeat in a GOP primary Tuesday in Virginia, you mig ...
    June 13, 2014 - 9:30 pm
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