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  • Illinois budget fix: more taxes, less service

    Lawmaking in the halls of the Statehouse has been compared to professional wrestling.Both involve a ...
    May 22, 2015 - 8:41 pm
  • Budget together

    Dear Dave,I have a question about budgeting. I give myself and my husband $150 a month each for blow ...
    May 22, 2015 - 11:55 am
  • Rauner, unions put squeeze on GOP legislators

    Gov. Bruce Rauner had several House Republicans over to the Executive Mansion last week to ask them to vote "present" when the House Democrats' called ...
    May 18, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Moving forward, planning for the best

    Those of us who regularly drive River Street in Dixon are thrilled to hear the first bold move of the new city council is to resurface that short stre ...
    May 15, 2015 - 2:28 pm
  • Out of step with the Baby Steps

    Dear Dave,My husband and I have been following your plan. We just paid cash for our new home after s ...
    May 15, 2015 - 2:02 pm
  • Civic group bashes budget

    Democrats have complained for weeks that the budget Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced earlier this year, which doesn't rely on any revenue increases, is to ...
    May 12, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Super secrecy surrounds state working groups

    I recently obtained a document distributed by the governor's office detailing the membership list and meeting times and locations of the secret state ...
    May 11, 2015 - 10:11 pm
  • Spring brings rainy days and Mondays

    As she was paying for her subscription at the front desk of our Sterling office, a reader asked whether she could speak with the editor.
    May 8, 2015 - 7:16 pm
  • Church pushes back

    ​Dear Dave,My wife and I go to a small church where we tithe. The church is continually asking for c ...
    May 8, 2015 - 11:13 am
  • In government, sometimes lucky is good enough

    That wasn't a bad little gift handed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration last week.A windfall of s ...
    May 5, 2015 - 9:06 pm
  • Getting down to the nitty-gritty of state budget

    The new legislative "working groups" designed to hammer out compromises on Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" finally began meeting in secret las ...
    May 4, 2015 - 7:57 pm
  • New governor shows tough love for Illinois

    Bold leader, or political bully?Opinions of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner have settled into those contr ...
    May 2, 2015 - 12:23 am
  • Don't take money if you're not wronged

    Dear Dave,I was recently notified that I am one of the beneficiaries of a class action lawsuit again ...
    May 1, 2015 - 2:39 pm
  • 'Turnaround agenda' story provokes doubt

    When Gov. Bruce Rauner travels around the state promoting his "turnaround agenda," he often sprinkles some anecdotes into his speeches.
    April 29, 2015 - 1:44 am
  • It’s a newspaper for, about you – feed it!

    Readers are a newspaper’s best source of information.Our Community section, published every Saturday ...
    April 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm
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