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  • Hard to put a label on today’s voters

    Where do you stand on the spectrum of American politics?On the right? On the left? Somewhere in the ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 6:16 pm
  • Time to make changes with your finances

    Dear Dave,My mom and dad always told me to live below my means, but they never showed me how to make ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 12:27 pm
  • Peace and love for now, but how long will it last?

    Gov. Bruce Rauner's first week in office included a meeting with the four legislative leaders. It was the first time all four met with a governor in s ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 7:39 pm
  • Poll finds Dems on defensive against Rauner

    A solid majority of Illinoisans wants newly inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner to find common ground with the Democratic legislative majority rather than b ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 7:46 pm
  • Sit right down and write your editor a letter

    Letters to the editor continued in a down cycle in 2014.Was it because of:(A) A growing unwillingnes ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 8:37 pm
  • Umbrella a good option

    Dear Dave,I follow you on Twitter, and I was wondering if you recommend buying an umbrella policy. I ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 1:35 pm
  • Special election law en route to suit? Maybe not

    Let the lawsuits begin – maybe.As everyone knows, the General Assembly passed a bill last week that ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 1:03 am
  • Times will be interesting with Rauner at helm

    We likely received an early lesson last week in how the upcoming spring state legislative session will play itself out with new Republican Gov. Bruce ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 8:00 pm
  • Sharing, planning as one

    Dear Dave,How do I get my girlfriend to take a more active role in planning a family budget? We’re g ...
    Jan. 10, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Reluctant sources don’t stop the story

    Regular readers of this newspaper won’t be surprised to learn that some people involved in the news don’t want to talk to reporters.
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 4:18 pm
  • Special session will decide on special election

    Nothing like starting off the new year with a special session called by a lame-duck governor who never could seem to get the General Assembly to do wh ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Can new start solve same old problems?

    New Republican governor.Same old Democratic supermajority in the Legislature.New Republican majority ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 4:10 pm
  • Don’t drop the coverage

    Dear Dave,My husband and I are debt-free except for our home, and we have about $100,000 in savings. ...
    Jan. 2, 2015 - 11:57 am
  • Closing out year of change (aren’t they all?)

    Twenty fourteen, we hardly knew ye.That awful winter weather was a rude introduction.But as the year ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 3:16 pm
  • Trying to help a friend

    Dear Dave,I have a friend who is experiencing financial problems. She is between real jobs at the mo ...
    Dec. 26, 2014 - 12:55 pm
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