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  • The old State Fair, she ain’t what she used to be

    It didn’t seem much like an election year during the political rallies at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield last week. At least it didn’t feel th ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:13 pm
  • Criminal justice reform an unexpected issue

    You might think that months of bipartisan cooperation on numerous criminal justice reform bills would make that particular topic off limits for partis ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:12 pm
  • Mom's not too old for life insurance

    Dear Dave,I’m trying to help my elderly mom with her finances. She has no debt and more than $1 mill ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 12:35 pm
  • Rich Miller: ‘Dark money’ ads could give Rauner a boost

    An organization controlled by Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent a million dollars on a new television ad promoting legislative term limits in a little more ...
    Aug. 15, 2016 - 8:19 pm
  • Doug Finke: Top story of the week? Blagojevich's hair color, of course

    The big news of this past week was obviously about disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. No, not that his prison sentence didn’t get reduced. It was ...
    Aug. 15, 2016 - 8:17 pm
  • Car rentals aren’t in the cards

    Dear Dave,My husband and I had to rent a car on a recent trip to Florida. When we tried to pay with ...
    Aug. 12, 2016 - 1:58 pm
  • Springfield Spotlight: Dems say suit pushes ‘voter suppression’

    Is Illinois the next state to deal with “voter suppression”? Maybe, depending how you look at it.You ...
    Aug. 8, 2016 - 9:56 pm
  • Doug Finke: Sticker bills, advertisements an unusual combination

    Chalk up a victory for the forgetful. Secretary of State Jesse White is resuming those mail reminders to people that they need to renew the license pl ...
    Aug. 8, 2016 - 9:54 pm
  • Knowledge is a great investment

    Dear Dave,I’m a recently retired widow, and my husband always took care of most of our finances. We ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 2:35 pm
  • Doug Finke: Illinois' remap amendment in trouble? Let's try term limits

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has been going around the state promoting a proposed constitutional amendment for term limits for lawmakers and statewide elected of ...
    Aug. 1, 2016 - 9:57 pm
  • Springfield Spotlight: Madigan might be acting crazy (like a fox)

    "Do you think he knows what he's doing?" asked a top Republican last week about House Speaker Michael Madigan's high-profile role at the Democratic Na ...
    Aug. 1, 2016 - 9:56 pm
  • Put some equity into emergency fund

    Dear Dave,My wife and I are on Baby Step 3 of your plan, and we’re about halfway to building our ful ...
    July 29, 2016 - 9:48 pm
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