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  • Planning to vote? It’s almost too easy

    Do you plan to be part of the solution?Or do you plan not to vote?Lots of folks wimp out of voting w ...
    NEW: Oct. 31, 2014 - 6:48 pm
  • Extra savings ward off volatility

    Dear Dave,I’m a 26-year-old journalist making $26,000 annually, and the only debt I have is $31,000 ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:30 pm
  • Nobody said smart voting was easy duty

    If you have seen or heard the campaign commercials being aired in the race for Illinois governor, you know what a difficult decision you have ahead.
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 3:55 pm
  • School’s on the horizon

    Dear Dave,My husband will be leaving his full-time job in a year so that he can go back to school fu ...
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 12:55 pm
  • Some little things you might want to know

    No major changes are planned.But a few things about your newspaper are (or will be) different.If you ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Buy the dream car,

    Dear Dave,I’m in college, but I’m not the typical college student. I’ve gone back to law school afte ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 12:24 pm
  • Speed debate' didn't play so well in Peoria

    It was a week that began with great expectations and ended largely with a shrug.We’ll start with the ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 9:43 pm
  • Sigh of relief over Rauner stance

    The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issue ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Film calls out to the downtrodden

    One of the Christmas traditions in our lifetime is the annual TV presentation of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” by the filmmaker, Frank Capra.
    Oct. 11, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Symposium quenches thirst for debate

    Among the many roles of a newspaper is that of being a forum for public discussion.Sauk Valley Media ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 6:36 pm
  • Rehab the house? Yes, yes, yes

    Dear Dave,My husband and I recently inherited my parents’ home. It’s in a small, rural town with lit ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 12:52 pm
  • Polls indicate Quinn is weak outside Chicago

    OK, so what we’re going to do today is discuss some congressional races that you may or may not care about in order to talk about the governor’s race, ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Serving customers: Find a way to say yes

    Customers should always feel appreciated, especially during Customer Appreciation Week.“I am a conce ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 4:51 pm
  • Avoid myth of asset allocation

    Dear Dave,Can you explain the “asset allocation” theory when it comes to investing?– MatthewDear Mat ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 1:19 pm

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    A statewide advisory question on the Nov. 4 ballot asks whether Illinois should increase its minimum wage for adults over 18 to $10 an hour. How would you vote?