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  • Can Obama turn Illinois politics around?

    President Barack Obama visits Springfield today and will deliver a speech to a joint session of the General Assembly.
    Feb. 9, 2016 - 9:25 pm
  • Ask graybeards to rescue Illinois? Forget about it!

    Last week, a reporter said to Gov. Bruce Rauner that Secretary of State Jesse White had suggested that Rauner bring in former governors, including Geo ...
    Feb. 8, 2016 - 8:43 pm
  • Seminars planned at pork expo

    SPRINGFIELD – Several seminars are planned Feb. 16 and 17 at Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza. The public is welcome.
    Feb. 6, 2016 - 1:15 am
  • Dave Ramsey: First dates and finances don't mix

    Dear Dave,I’ve been following your plan, and I’ve finally gotten out of debt, and feel I have contro ...
    Feb. 5, 2016 - 6:07 pm
  • Kinder, gentler Rauner – for 35 minutes, at least

    Was it really a kinder, gentler Gov. Bruce Rauner on display last week during his second State of the State speech?
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 10:48 pm
  • Rauner: Real vs. contrived

    Every time Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a major speech, social media (and even mass media) lights him up over the way he drops his "g's" at the end of word ...
    Feb. 1, 2016 - 11:47 pm
  • Dear Dave: Hold on to your home; sell the boat

    Dear Dave,My husband was laid off a month ago from a job making $80,000 a year. We have no debt exce ...
    Jan. 29, 2016 - 3:40 pm
  • Rauner bungles announcement of pension reform

    Gov. Bruce Rauner blew a perfect opportunity last week to finally drive a public wedge between Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Micha ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 10:12 pm
  • Dave Ramsey: Answer the calling, but do it debt-free

    Dear Dave,My wife and I recently followed your plan and became debt-free, and we’re committed to nev ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 9:59 pm
  • A year of Rauner? Time flies even when it's not fun

    Has it been a year already? Yes, it has.Gov. Bruce Rauner completed his first year in office last we ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 9:48 pm
  • Budget impasse payoff not worth the onerous price

    A lot of folks have taken to calling Bruce Rauner “Governor 1 Percent” because of his immense personal wealth. Gov. Rauner himself told the Chicago Su ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:57 pm
  • Thankfulness and boundaries

    Dear Dave,My fiancé and I are getting married in May. He’s a youth pastor, and I’m in grad school. H ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 2:56 pm
  • It's a new year, but not a new day at Capitol

    Happy belated new year to everyone.Normally, the start of a new year means the start of a new legisl ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 9:25 pm
  • Rauner blasts speaker, mayor for state's woes

    "He has taught us how to deal with him," explained one top official in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration when asked why the governor has once again c ...
    Jan. 11, 2016 - 9:13 pm
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