Local Columnists

  • Hentoff: Struggles to protect free speech on college campuses continue

    As I often have reported, FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) continually fights in the courts and media to protect the free speech r ...
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Why do Americans hate America so much?

    After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron said he thinks one reason for the defe ...
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Lyons: Schools have a better chance of helping kids with substance abuse problems than courts

    Kind of had it with bad news over the last several days. Even though we cover this stuff, we get as depressed as anyone else about news about a pedoph ...
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 9:28 am
  • Meyerson: A plan to raise pay is a start

    The fight to increase Americans’ stagnant incomes is, at long last, growing more serious.With the ex ...
    Sept. 20, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: P.S. Beatles, I love you after 50 years

    Hey, are you up for a challenge? As you read this column, try to find the references to the titles of 50 Beatles songs as we commemorate the 50th anni ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:35 pm
  • Menzer: Stability key to homeless students' success

    As part of the McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness, the McHenry Regional Office of Education is engaged in assisting children of fami ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: I can see clearly now, my glasses stayed dry

    You see on the TV news and in the movies people in the downtown districts of major cities carrying open umbrellas, and it looks kind of goofy.
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 10:52 pm
  • Dvorak: Domestic violence puts some women on the path to incarceration

    Domestic violence is a hot topic right now -–a conversation being fueled by what we’ve witnessed inside a fancy hotel elevator and on the stage of the ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Illinois struggles while its neighbors prosper

    SPRINGFIELD – For every new job created in Illinois since January 2010, two people have signed up for food stamps.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 11:21 pm
  • Thomas: Hillary's 'steak' is not well done

    Before his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: “She is much more p ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Event takes steps to conquer Chiari malformation

    Huntley native Anna Vance’s headaches began when she was a competitive gymnast during junior high. Unfortunately, no one believed she was in severe pa ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Petri: Sometimes a watch should just be a watch

    No, Apple. This time you have gone too far.You might have made an Apple Watch, but for once, I must ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Democrats strategy: Advertise early, often

    Illinois House Democrats launched their direct mail and TV program weeks earlier than the House Republicans in an attempt to knock the GOP candidates ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 11:12 pm
  • Hentoff: Far too many blacks remain separate, unequal

    To begin with the remoteness of post-racial America, here are “14 disturbing stats about racial inequality in American public schools” from The Nation ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • McCaleb: Funk's moved on, plant should, too

    The resignation last week of Oakwood Hills Village President Melanie Funk was for the best – for the village, its residents and Funk herself.
    Sept. 14, 2014 - 11:03 am
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