Local Columnists

  • Penkava: What part of his day do you want to be?

    I’ve done it. I bet we’ve all done it. In fact, I did it the other day.We were at a store and I saw ...
    Aug. 30, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Hunt: Ferguson reveals blacks' unfinished journey

    WASHINGTON – The tragic shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked an intense debate about the state of ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Copiers admired, but compete trust not collated

    The copy machine at work is a true testament to the ingenuity of our species. And I can’t begin to tell you how it works, but each time I watch it, I ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 12:23 am
  • Ponnuru: How to reduce taxes without busting the budget

    A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • 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.“Wh ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:23 pm
  • Thomas: If ISIS attacks again, what will U.S. do?

    The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Complete Streets can boost health, economy

    Many of us care about McHenry County and want to make it a better place to live.Fortunately, many of ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 11:28 pm
  • Edmundson: Let your children play football, learn about life lessons

    My father wasn’t what anyone might call an over-involved parent. He was a Fifties Dad, committed to ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Dems hope minimum wage referendum drives voters to polls

    Some 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 inc ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • Hentoff: Rising anti-Semitism renews my boyhood

    In a recent article in The Guardian, “Anti-Semitism on rise across Europe ‘in worst times since the Nazis,’” Jon Henley quoted Yonathan Arfi of France ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Lyons: Twist and shout is theme song for national news stories

    The statement should be fairly obvious, but President Barack Obama was right.After reading that stat ...
    Aug. 24, 2014 - 6:49 am
  • Carlson: Virginia's ex-governor wages his last campaign

    RICHMOND, Va. – Bob McDonnell arrived Monday at the federal courthouse in Richmond, a few blocks from the mansion he once occupied as Virginia governo ...
    Aug. 23, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: The life cycle of the Comfyium Couchicus

    There’s something extraordinary about an old comfy couch (Scientific name: Comfyium Couchicus).No ma ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 10:58 pm
  • Hunt: Economy winning midterms for Republican Party

    WASHINGTON – Republicans have grown even more confident about the midterm elections, convinced that the economy – where the actual data look good, tho ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:56 am
  • Peterson: When soap gets in your eyes

    I thought I learned my lesson more than 50 years ago: Close your eyes tight when washing your face or hair with soap and water.
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 11:50 pm
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