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  • Young, jobless and scared: Now what?

    Dear Dave,I’m 23, and I lost a good job a few days ago due to layoffs. My wife has been a stay-at-ho ...
    Oct. 21, 2016 - 4:15 pm
  • Voters sound off on fixing budget, abandoning ship

    The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released another poll last week, this one dealing with the state’s budget problems.
    Oct. 19, 2016 - 7:51 am
  • Trump implosion likely a drag for GOP down-ballot hopefuls

    Presidential candidates set the turnout. That's the race voters care about the most by far, so everybody else who's running down-ballot essentially ha ...
    Oct. 17, 2016 - 11:49 pm
  • With education, go with the flow

    Dear Dave,My wife and I are on Baby Step 2 of your plan, and I’m in graduate school while working fu ...
    Oct. 19, 2016 - 8:35 pm
  • No news, just talking points in Rauner's online chats

    Round two of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Facebook Live sessions was held last week.Like the first one a coup ...
    Oct. 12, 2016 - 8:51 am
  • RICH MILLER: Sex-offender political ads proliferating

    A harsh new TV ad slams state Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, for supporting a convicted sex offender. It’s described by the Republicans as a form of pay ...
    Oct. 10, 2016 - 11:09 pm
  • Debate wasn’t must-see TV for Gov. Rauner

    Last Monday’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton drew a Super Bowl-sized viewing audience.
    Oct. 4, 2016 - 10:59 pm
  • Minority pupils and equitable school funding

    Gov. Bruce Rauner attended a meeting last week of his "Cabinet on Children & Youth," but it’s not known whether he pulled aside one of its members, St ...
    Oct. 3, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • ’Til debt do you part: Wife’s spending is a sign of bigger problems

    Dear Dave,I make $2,100 a month after taxes, and I have accumulated $46,000 in credit card debt. My ...
    Oct. 3, 2016 - 3:00 pm
  • Doug Finke: Rauner faces the public on Facebook – sort of

    Not sure Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first Facebook Live session last week is going to go down as one of those things where you remember where you were when i ...
    Sept. 27, 2016 - 9:29 pm
  • Rauner goes ‘D.C.’ on his political foes

    Since his inauguration, Gov. Bruce Rauner has consciously aped Washington, D.C.’s notoriously noxious battle to "win" the daily media spin cycle. Raun ...
    Sept. 26, 2016 - 10:03 pm
  • Salesman has time to share a big fat lie

    Dear Dave,My wife and I recently sat through a timeshare pitch at my mom and dad’s community as a fa ...
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 10:57 am
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