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  • Stanek: Illinois should restore basic legal safeguard

    Imagine police seize your money, your car, even your house. Imagine this happens without you being convicted of or charged with a crime. Imagine being ...
    July 30, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Schoolhouse offers lessons about county’s past

    Diane McGowan and Ron Mahon hope that their efforts to restore the last standing one-room schoolhouse in Grafton Township will preserve important less ...
    July 29, 2014 - 11:43 pm
  • Miller: Rocky start defines Michael Frerichs' treasurer campaign

    Back in January, state Sen. Michael Frerichs formally kicked off his campaign for Illinois state treasurer and posted a video online touting the fact ...
    July 28, 2014 - 11:54 pm
  • Lyons: Myopic NIMBYism wants to strangle your town

    More than two decades of local journalism, including countless hours at zoning board meetings, have taught me a simple lesson: No one wants anything b ...
    July 26, 2014 - 11:24 pm
  • Penkava: There’s no cure for this hole in my heart

    There’s a hole in my heart. I always knew it would eventually come one day, I just didn’t dare ever think about it. But it came, nonetheless, like a s ...
    July 25, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Reeder: Illinois can learn from Texan example

    PORT ISABEL, TEXAS – I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafés, particularly when I’m on vacation.
    July 24, 2014 - 12:10 am
  • Oliver: Gallery in the Garden has recipe for summertime fun

    Fun in the summertime usually involves a few basic ingredients: an outdoor activity we enjoy and a setting that makes the most of the season. Throw in ...
    July 22, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Miller: Rauner's economic plan polls well

    “This morning,” 1,063 respondents were told Thursday during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, “Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner release ...
    July 22, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • Penkava: Downsizing your stuff, upsizing your life

    Well, it finally happened. After having survived the F5 tornadic years of raising our four children, my wife and I have realized that it was time to t ...
    July 19, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Peterson: There goes the neighborhood mailbox

    We went to mail a letter the other day, and the blue mailbox at the corner of Jefferson and Fremont streets in Woodstock was gone.
    July 17, 2014 - 11:41 pm
  • Reeder: Quinn should practice what he preaches

    SPRINGFIELD – Kudos to Gov. Pat Quinn.The governor vetoed a measure that would greatly restrict an o ...
    July 16, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • Ulbrich: HUD funding helps county homeless programs

    Why don’t we see them?In the first quarter, there were 406 documented homeless individuals in McHenr ...
    July 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Some battles leave arachnophobe buggy

    I have a love-hate relationship with spiders.Who am I kidding? It’s more of a hate-hate relationship ...
    July 15, 2014 - 10:38 pm
  • Miller: Latest poll shows edge for Rauner

    A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, 51-39.
    July 14, 2014 - 11:45 pm
  • Craver: Tanks, but no tanks, on police militarization

    I don’t know why police officers and journalists often end up at loggerheads, especially since we share the sacred bond that everybody hates our guts ...
    July 12, 2014 - 11:21 pm
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