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  • 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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  • Letter: Thank you Grundy County residents for donating

    The Land Use Department offers a grateful thank you to all of the Grundy County residents who provided gently used toys and new toys for our Annual To ...
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 8:07 pm
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    Jan. 27, 2015 - 8:10 pm
  • Reeder: Greater transparency needed with personnel issues

    SPRINGFIELD – Sometimes, elected officials forget who’s the boss.They think they are accountable onl ...
    Jan. 27, 2015 - 7:58 pm
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    Jan. 26, 2015 - 8:28 pm
  • Miller: Illinois voters getting the change they voted for

    Gov. Bruce Rauner didn’t completely close the door to higher taxes last week during a speech at the University of Chicago, but he made it very clear w ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 8:28 pm
  • Our View: Madigan big part of the problem

    The Illinois House chose its leader for 2015-17 earlier this month.As it has done for all but two ye ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 5:42 pm
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    Jan. 23, 2015 - 5:39 pm
  • York: Obama's rush to empty Guantanamo alarms lawmakers

    It took a while for Republicans to catch on to what President Obama is doing with the U.S. terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But now that it’s ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 5:39 pm
  • Another View: Our union needs unity to move forward

    In an era of increasingly grotesque wealth concentration and stubborn wage stagnation, shifting the federal tax burden from the middle toward the high ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 8:39 pm
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    Jan. 22, 2015 - 8:37 pm
  • Mattingly: Ignoring religion is ‘anti-journalism’

    When British media critic Jenny Taylor talks to journalists about why they need to take religion seriously, she tells them stories about news stories ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 8:42 pm
  • Reeder: Quinn's last days in office show he isn't a class act

    SPRINGFIELD – A familiar voice came booming across my phone line the other day.“Scott, it’s George R ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 12:24 am
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    Jan. 21, 2015 - 8:12 pm
  • Lopez: Suicide is never painless

    “I don’t believe in exploiting vulnerable people at their weakest moments and pushing them to choose death.”
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 8:12 pm
  • Our View: Keep costs affordable at universities

    Economics finally might be catching up with colleges in Illinois and across the country, as administrators face the reality that student tuition can n ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 8:12 pm
  • Letter: What are you doing with those stones?

    I viewed four hearings at the Morris City Hall, with Kristan Smolenski and David Perry complaining that Mary Callahan and Doug Hayse violated state el ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 8:40 pm
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    Jan. 20, 2015 - 9:20 pm
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    Jan. 19, 2015 - 7:50 pm
  • Miller: Most think common ground will be hard to find in Springfield

    A solid majority of Illinoisans wants newly inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner to find common ground with the Democratic legislative majority rather than b ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 7:49 pm
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    Jan. 16, 2015 - 9:10 pm
  • Our View: Ethics order good 1st step for Rauner

    While he was busy sorting out the executive orders his predecessor left behind, Gov. Bruce Rauner took the time to sign an executive order of his own.
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 9:10 pm
  • York: Can Mitch McConnell really make the Senate better?

    To outsiders, some of the changes new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring to the Senate might seem like inside baseball. But they could bring a ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 8:25 pm
  • Another View: In Congress, it's still party all the time

    First impressions suggest the Republicans in control of Congress aren’t ready to put aside partisanship and govern if it means making peace with Presi ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 9:52 pm
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  • Mattingly: The sobering sermon of a Maryland bishop

    The bishop was candid with the small flock at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, just outside of Baltimore: She had a sobering sermon for them.
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • Lopez: Tolerance, violence and conversation

    This column begins as a little bit of a "love letter" to Anderson Cooper. And, no, not just because I felt for the man on New Year's Eve as Kathy Grif ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 8:11 pm
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  • Our View: Quinn's manner of departure no surprise

    We used this space last week to describe the disappointing tenure of Pat Quinn’s time as Illinois governor.
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 8:11 pm
  • Our View: Rauner's speech blunt but necessary

    As inauguration speeches go, Bruce Rauner’s was a bit of a downer.After being sworn in as Illinois’ ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 9:22 pm
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    Jan. 13, 2015 - 9:21 pm
  • Reeder: Consumers, not government, are the best regulators

    SPRINGFIELD – Why do we license barbers?Or roofers?Or interior decorators?I’ve never quite understoo ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 9:21 pm
  • Miller: Interesting times ahead in Illinois

    We likely received an early lesson last week in how the upcoming spring state legislative session will play itself out with new Republican Gov. Bruce ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 10:12 pm
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    Jan. 12, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Our View: Rauner must make renovations

    Bruce Rauner has said he plans to live in Illinois’ 160-year-old executive mansion during the first legislative session of his tenure as governor, eve ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 6:09 pm
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    Jan. 9, 2015 - 6:07 pm
  • York: Why attacks on Steve Scalise misfired

    Democrats have tried to rev up the outrage machine over news that Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 ranking House Republican, may or may not have given a ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 6:08 pm
  • Our View: Another day, another comptroller

    We don’t know what shoe size the late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka wore, but her replacement has some big shoes to fill.
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 8:53 pm
  • Mattingly: The broken soul at the heart of 'Unbroken'

    For decades, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s World Wide Pictures unit produced many films with titles like “Souls in Conflict,” “The Heart ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 8:51 pm
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  • Our View: Quinn's legacy as governor is disappointing

    Only days remain in Gov. Pat Quinn’s tenure as Illinois’ top elected official.His legacy as governor ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 9:01 pm
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  • Lopez: The road to hell is paved with inattention

    "Like it or not, we must be good to the poor, because if we're not, we're going to hell."That's a qu ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Reeder: Cost of minimum wage hike to land on the least able to bear it

    SPRINGFIELD – Many years ago, I was a minimum wage worker making $3.35 an hour writing obituaries for the Galesburg Register-Mail. More than a few tim ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 9:05 pm
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  • Another View: U.S. should try again on its college ratings system

    The Obama administration has taken on the admirable but tricky task of rating colleges based on real-life factors that might matter the most to workin ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 9:05 pm
  • Our View: Traffic deaths down; credit the polar vortex

    The number of traffic fatality figures for Illinois appears to have taken a significant nosedive compared to 2013.
    Jan. 5, 2015 - 8:03 pm
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    Jan. 5, 2015 - 7:43 pm
  • Our View: Silly filing objections must stop

    Every election cycle, the same political dance plays out. Months before voters have an opportunity to select their representatives, a single person or ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 6:24 pm
  • York: Will Obama defy Congress on Gitmo prisoners?

    President Barack Obama has long advocated closing the U.S. terrorist prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He likely would have done it long ago, had Congre ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 6:21 pm
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  • Our View: Looking forward to a new year

    There's something about seeing Jan. 1 on the calendar.It's a new year, a chance for a fresh start. A ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 7:02 pm
  • Lopez: Christmas a call to action

    It’s not cheery, but among the most jarring things I read in the run-up to Christmas comes from historian Stanley Weintraub, who has written about Chr ...
    Jan. 1, 2015 - 6:48 pm
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