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  • Mattingly: U2 displays its relationship with Christianity

    In the first song on U2’s new album – “Songs of Innocence” – the singer once known as Bono Vox sings the praises of the punk prophet who led his teena ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • Our View: Rail crossings' key rule: Always expect a train

    During the past four decades, public awareness efforts in Illinois have helped to reduce highway-rail crossing deaths significantly. 
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:25 pm
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  • Lopez: Missing the forest for the trees

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The West must shift from reactive to proactive, from crisis management to crisis prevention.”
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:31 pm
  • Another View: Don't turn safety over to government

    The U.S. Forest Service was thoroughly mocked for a recent exhaustive article on the eve of National Roasted Marshmallow Day (Aug. 30), instructing Am ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:26 pm
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    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:25 pm
  • Another View: Apple’s new products ratchet up need for privacy

    Apple’s release of the Apple Watch and iPhone6 makes it clear that Silicon Valley’s future will be directly tied to its ability to protect tech users’ ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Reeder: Illinois struggling to recover

    SPRINGFIELD – For every new job created in Illinois since January 2010, two people have signed up for food stamps.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:25 pm
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    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Miller: Money talking in state races

    The Illinois House Democrats launched their direct mail and TV program weeks earlier than the House Republicans in an attempt to knock the GOP candida ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • York: Will Senate Democrats embrace the filibuster?

    During Harry Reid’s tenure as majority leader, there has been no dirtier word in the Senate than “filibuster.” On perhaps a million occasions, Reid an ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:51 pm
  • Our View: Honor our anthem

    Besides maybe baseball and apple pie is there anything more infused with America’s values and patriotism than “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:44 pm
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  • Another View: Meat safety at risk from new rules, staffing shortages

    The risks of living in today’s United States should not extend to eating meat purchased in supermarkets.
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Mattingly: Vanderbilt, orthodoxy raise tensions

    At first, Vanderbilt University’s new credo sounded like lofty academic lingo from the pluralistic world of higher education, not the stuff of nationw ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:53 pm
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    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Lopez: Some have become beacons in the dark for living one’s faith

    While a prisoner of Islamic terrorists, Steven Sotloff faked illness so that he could observe Yom Kippur. It is said that he would also covertly pray ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:33 pm
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    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Our View: The urgency that followed 9/11 has not gone away

    The 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States is today.It’s bee ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Another View: Online privacy, even on the cloud, can be elusive

    It is a rare celebrity who dreads exposure, but the computer hackers who broke into Apple’s iCloud service platform to steal intimate photos, emails a ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:50 pm
  • Reeder: Tuition at U of I needs to be more affordable

    SPRINGFIELD – More often than not, when students receive an admission letter from the University of Illinois, they opt to attend another college.
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:48 pm
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  • Miller: Endorsement puzzling, but makes sense

    The Illinois Education Association has always leaned more Republican than its Illinois Federation of Teachers counterpart, but at least one of the IEA ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:05 pm
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    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:03 pm
  • Another View: Air passengers, airlines need to clean up their act

    In just over a week, three U.S. flights have made unscheduled landings due to passenger conflicts, all of them involving reclining seatbacks, and obje ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:55 pm
  • York: Another shutdown won’t happen

    A few weeks ago Washington was buzzing with predictions that Republicans will impeach President Barack Obama.
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:59 pm
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    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • Another View: Rep. Paul Ryan's conversation starter on poverty

    Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is looking to spark a much-needed conversation about how the federal government fights poverty. Give the man credit fo ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 9:04 pm
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  • Mattingly: Revival of architecture happening in the South

    Architect Michael Tamara’s original goal was to study new Catholic churches built using classic designs and symbolism, as opposed to all of those mode ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Lopez: Awake in the face of evil

    How many times have we heard the phrase “Never again”? How often have we trotted out that old chestnut: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Another View: The NFL reconsiders: Goodell switches to a tough stand on domestic abuse

    If there’s a right time to take a stand on domestic violence and sexual assault, it’s now. Colleges are changing policies, survivors are speaking up a ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:31 pm
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  • Reeder: Regulating transportation is best done at local levels

    A while back, I took a cab to Chicago’s Navy Pier and attempted to pay for my ride with a credit card.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:04 pm
  • Our View: Fumigation must be an ongoing task

    More than five years ago, when Illinois was embroiled in the Gov. Rod Blagojevich impeachment process, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn boiled his solution to the c ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:04 pm
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  • Miller: Rauner must be called out on lie

    “We should have billions of dollars every year as part of our budget process … [to] maintain and expand our infrastructure,” Bruce Rauner said last we ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 7:33 pm
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    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Letter: Thank you for a memorable day

    To the Editor:We wish to express our gratitude for all the generous donations to the Helmar Food Pan ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:50 pm
  • Letter: Remember the true reason for Labor Day

    For more than 100 years, people have taken part in Labor Day celebrations. As this tradition continues this year, it is important to remember the true ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Letter: A deserving day off for workers everywhere

    For the lucky ones, Monday is a day off. Maybe you’ll sleep in, fire up the grill and enjoy one last summer hurrah.
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Mattingly: Now and at the hour of our death

    When a believer is immersed in the rosary, the familiar phrases of the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Doxology find a soft rhythm, as clicking b ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:25 pm
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    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Our View: Good people stop bullying

    We approve of a new state law requiring school districts to have bullying and prevention plans in place, although it’s disappointing if any Illinois s ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:25 pm
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    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • Another View: Good nutrition deserves the old college try

    Just in time for the millions of young people who have returned to college comes a study in The Journal of Nutrition that warns of the health risks of ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • West: Holder is leading the rush to judgment

    One thing an old Ivy League revolutionary can’t stand is people noticing that he represents the Establishment. That he embodies the System to a point ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:50 pm
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    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Our View: Update state’s aging technology

    Illinois state government is in trouble again.This time, the inspector general for the U.S. Departme ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Reeder: Nostalgic for rotary phone, simpler time

    SPRINGFIELD – I bought a “new” phone the other day. My 6-year-old, Anna, gave it a perplexed look. “ ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:33 pm
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    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Miller: Support for wage hike may increase voter turnout in November

    Recent Chicago Tribune poll results appear to indicate that support for raising the minimum wage in the state’s largest city may be enough to increase ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 9:31 pm
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    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • Another View: Foley's murder exposes militants' evil

    Those who serve as foreign correspondents in dangerous places are often asked: “Why would you put yourself in harm’s way?”
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:09 pm
  • York: Gloomy, frantic Democrats plead for more money

    I’ve been getting a lot of emails from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November’s elections.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:09 pm
  • Another view: New warden welcome; federal funding is, too

    With not a little fanfare, Donald Hudson was introduced at a Monday news conference in Thomson as the new warden for Thomson Correctional Center.
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:19 pm
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    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:16 pm
  • Mattingly: West struggles to see threat to Eastern church

    At first glance, there was a bizarre gap in the proclamation Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued as his forces rolled to victory after vi ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 10:12 pm
  • Another View: Politicians’ spats don’t belong in the courts

    Even in the no-holds-barred world of Texas politics, the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry last week was a low blow. A grand jury in Austin, a Democratic ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:45 pm
  • Lopez: Highway to the danger zone

    Remember MacGyver? He was the fictional television secret agent of 1980s television who would get out of world-threatening jams using only duct tape a ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:25 pm
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    Aug. 20, 2014 - 8:26 pm
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