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  • Our View: Happy days at gas pumps help economy

    The price of gasoline is a lot like the weather.Temperatures go up, they go down, weather extremes s ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 9:00 pm
  • York: Dem's path after Obamacare: Down, down, down

    There were 60 Democrats in the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009, when they voted in lockstep to pass the Affordable Care Act. Soon, there will be 46 Democ ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 9:00 pm
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    Nov. 21, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Letter: High school should change its name

    To the Editor:If I’m talking with friends and I unintentionally offend someone and they let me know, ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:29 pm
  • Mattingly: Is this Pope Catholic? The debate heats up

    With Catholic leaders still sweating after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family firestorm, Pope Francis has once again tried to cool things down — by ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:29 pm
  • Letter: Remember those less fortune this holiday season

    To the Editor:With Thanksgiving around the corner, I write to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable hol ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:29 pm
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  • Letter: Be ready for deer on the roadways

    To the Editor:The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:12 pm
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    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Lopez: Remembering a lost voice of love

    The skies were ominously dark as the heavens opened. It was a downpour over the island of Nassau, in the Bahamas, just hours after the Nov. 9 plane cr ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Our View: Durbin a better choice to lead Senate Dems

    Amid some grumbling, Democrats in the U.S. Senate have re-elected Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada to be their leader for the next two years.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:59 pm
  • Reeder: Wouldn't civility be nice in post-election Illinois politics?

    SPRINGFIELD – Recently, I watched my 9-year-old daughter, Gracie, shake hands with her opponents after a tough loss on the basketball court.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:59 pm
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  • Miller: Rauner and Madigan can form working relationship

    In December, Bruce Rauner appeared on a WLS Radio talk show program and revealed that he planned to form a new campaign committee to counter the power ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 9:16 pm
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    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:58 pm
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    Nov. 14, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • Letter: Now is the time for action

    To the Editor:After months of seemingly endless negative TV and radio campaign ads, plus countless m ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm
  • Our View: Rebuliding after the storm

    A year ago, Mother Nature amazed us with her ferocity when a tornado ravaged Coal City and Diamond.W ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm
  • Letter: Thank you to 75th District voters

    To the Editor:I would like to take a moment to thank the voters of the 75th District for their overw ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 10:16 pm
  • Two clashing orthodox views of the past, future

    When two global religious leaders embrace one another, someone is sure to turn the encounter into a photo opportunity.
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 7:12 pm
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    Nov. 13, 2014 - 7:11 pm
  • Our View: A new first lady for Illinois

    For the first time in 6 years, Illinois will have a first lady after the new governor is inaugurated in January. Good luck to Diana Rauner in her new ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 7:16 pm
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    Nov. 12, 2014 - 7:27 pm
  • Lopez: Indifference vs. making a difference

    "You are calling me from paradise to hell."Paul Bhatti recalls this comment from a phone conversatio ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 7:24 pm
  • Our View: Watch for deer on the road

    Deer breeding season is upon us, and deer hunting season is approaching, which means motorists are more likely to encounter deer on the roadway. IDOT ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 7:25 pm
  • Reeder: It's easy for politicians to spend other people's money

    CHICAGO – It takes a special kind of cheap to leave a waitress a mere 50 cents for a tip – even if the bill is $2.
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 8:45 pm
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  • Miller: Quinn loses to fresh face

    Bruce Rauner out-performed his fellow Republican Bill Brady’s 2010 gubernatorial election performance in every region of the state last week. As I wri ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 8:42 pm
  • Our View: We owe veterans more

    Today is a day when we will see flags flying, men and women in military uniforms and ceremonies where children put their hands over their hearts as pa ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 8:41 pm
  • Our view: Two-party rule needed to fix Illinois

    One-party rule has not been good for Illinois. Since 2003, Democrats have controlled both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor’s office.
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 8:24 pm
  • York: Ben Bradlee: A tale of Kennedy’s courier

    Ben Bradlee, the legendary Washington Post editor who died recently, has been widely praised for his work building up The Washington Post and bringing ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 8:28 pm
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    Nov. 7, 2014 - 8:22 pm
  • Mattingly: Drift to secular left in America’s ‘mushy middle’

    Crack open a traditional hymnal, and most American Protestants will be able to belt out the classic hymn, “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!”
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 7:56 pm
  • Another View: Let's hope Republicans unlock the gridlock

    Republicans around the nation enjoyed a night of election results in which they finally defeated President Barack Obama, a man who has twice won natio ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 7:53 pm
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  • Lopez: The devil is in the details – or headlines

    The first sign something was going very wrong at Nordstrom was the couple running up the down escalator. They were the herald to avoid the man with th ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Our View: Cooperation will be key for Rauner

    Illinois voters have spoken, and they have elected a new governor in Illinois.Bruce Rauner defeated ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 8:58 pm
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  • Reeder: Care needs to be taken when spending someone else's dime

    SPRINGFIELD – I’ve never quite understood the mindset of people who live it up on someone else’s dime.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • Another View: Hillary Clinton's accidental insight

    When a politician commits a gaffe on the campaign trail, it’s usually an excuse for the news media to fire up the outrage machine. Every once in a whi ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:47 pm
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  • Miller: Loser in this election? The voters

    Some of you will read this column before the election, and some of you will read it after. I suppose I could’ve written two columns, but I’ve been kin ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 8:41 pm
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    Nov. 3, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Our View: Five questions on your ballot

    Tuesday is Election Day, and we hope if you haven’t already cast a ballot through early voting options, you do so Nov. 4. Decisions made next week wil ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 10:25 pm
  • Letter: Give crime victims, families stronger voice

    When my sister, her husband and their unborn baby were brutally murdered, my world fell apart. On April 8, 1990, Robert and Nancy Bishop-Langert were ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 10:25 pm
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    Oct. 31, 2014 - 10:21 pm
  • Letter: No need to change school’s nickname

    Seventy-five percent of Americans would not know a person of American Indian heritage if one fell on top of them, and probably 90 percent of Americans ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Letter: Lives and dreams on hold due to half-truths

    My Fellow Grundy County Citizens: Sometimes half-truths are just as bad as lies. The Democrat Chairm ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Another View: Exploring holiday origins

    Who has never wandered afield on a lonely October evening and has not heard, echoing in the gloom, the mournful questioning of an owl asking, “Who goe ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 9:04 pm
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  • Letter: Callahan’s cash in envelopes troubling

    I’m sure we have all been reading and hearing about Grundy County Sheriff Callahan’s paying his deputies in cash for overtime worked on a traffic deta ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Letter: Callahan has the experience to be sheriff

    To the Editor: I’ve been a resident of Morris and Grundy County since 1960. I’ve been a registered R ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Letter: Vote Obama cronies out of office

    To the Editor: There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working. Chicago h ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:31 pm
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    Oct. 29, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Reeder: Illinois is worth fighting for

    SPRINGFIELD – Someone asked me the other day if I hated Illinois.I was more than a bit taken aback. ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Letter: Thank you for supporting I Care

    Isn’t it amazing what a group of people can do when they work together? Recently, I Care International held a fundraiser at the Terry and Carol Seggeb ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Letter: Vote for Callahan for Sheriff

    To the Editor: From the early ’70s, I dedicated 35 years of my life to helping the people of our Gru ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:36 pm
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  • Miller: Appearance of impropriety is always in the eye of the beholder

    Perhaps the worst thing to happen to journalism over the years is its simplistic overreliance on the mere “appearance of impropriety” to justify big, ...
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 9:54 pm
  • Buck: Increasing capacity in our nonprofits

    MORRIS – A buzzword in nonprofit management is “capacity.” Sometimes capacity means talent. Sometimes it means budget or income. Other times it means ...
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 9:57 pm
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